Peace on Earth in a World Gone to Pieces

“There are no small roles, only small actors” or so said the director who got her name in lights and on the front page of every program. But I was no fool even when I was a wee little lad. While others got to be Joseph or King Herod...

The Lord’s Prayer, Part One: How To Pray and Get What You Really Want

How do you pray? I have often wondered if I was praying correctly – especially when none of my prayers seem to be answered. Even the disciples who hung out with Jesus everyday for over three years were clueless. “One day Jesus was praying in a certain place. When he...

If It Is Revenge You Seek, Turn the Other Cheek

“You have heard that it was said, ‘Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth.’ But I tell you, Do not resist an evil person. If someone strikes you on the right cheek, turn to him the other cheek also.” (Matthew 5:38-39 NIV) Matthew begins this discussion by quoting part...

Adam and Evil (It’s Not My Fault!)

Are humans naturally good or hopelessly evil? Philosophers, theologians, and even scientists have been debating this question for centuries. This brings up other questions as well. Do we really have free will or is everything predestined? Are we born evil or is it our parents’ fault? Are all people...

Sink or Swim? Walking On Water Was the Easy Part

http://video.nationalgeographic.com/video/deadliest-jesus-christ-lizard Sometimes we just need a little encouragement to do the impossible. Moving mountains and walking on water may seem crazy, but maybe those who try to explain away miracles are the ones who are little crazy. Jesus led the way not merely to prove He is God, but...

Don’t Worry, Be Humble

What if you never had to worry again? For many of us, we wouldn’t know what to do with ourselves. But over and over again, God tells us to stop being so anxious and trust Him. Joyce Meyer once said that the Bible says “Fear not” 365 times –...

The Power of Letting Go

Have you ever lost someone you love? When I was a kid, my dog was one of my best friends. I tried to name her Precious, but my family outvoted me and named her Mindy because she had Midnight Black fur. So her middle name became Precious because she...

No Longer Zombies: How to Live Life as God always Intended

I don’t mean to alarm you, but many of us are zombies. We have been resurrected by a supernatural power, but we are now just going through the motions. We believe facts about Jesus, but we don’t trust Jesus. We believe “that God”, but we don’t yet believe “in...

Understanding the Will of God for Your Life

One of the questions I get the most is: How do I know what God’s will is for my life? For many of us, this is a question we have been wrestling with since we started following Jesus. If we could find out what God wants us to do,...

The Process of Redemption

Everybody loves a story of redemption. But try to define it. Most dictionaries define redemption as “to buy back.” But who is buying what from whom? I think redemption is better defined by seeing it in action. The Book of Ruth is a great example of a redemption story....