Let me begin with a story most of you have heard before.
It is found in the Book of Jonah. How many of you think back on his life and remember only a whale? Me too. Until I read it again. And again. Somewhere between the 5th to late 3rd century B.C., God commissioned Jonah to go to Ninevah – a great city in Assyria (present day Iraq, Turkey, Iran, + Syria) whose people were committing some awful crimes and sins (pretty wicked and heinous stuff; what we are all capable of outside of the will of God).Read More »
Jesus is coming over. THE Christ. THE One and Only Messiah. Oh yeah, He is also bringing along 12 of his buddies. You have two loads of laundry in the wash. The dishes aren’t clean. The dog is barking. You are out of milk. Dinner is not even close to being ready, and guess what… you hear a knock at your door.
I was once advised to study the Word like I study my textbooks. That looked quite different from what I typically did, which was skimming the words on the pages until I found a verse that made me feel good.
Needless to say, I did not know the Word. And if I did not know the Word, then I did not know my Father’s heart.
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
I am not sure how I am supposed to begin writing this. I only know that I am supposed to begin. So after putting it off for far too long, here it goes. This is the most vulnerable post I have written thus far. However, I do know that our pain is for a purpose and that the Lord is good, and He meets us in the darkest places.
Without going into lengthy detail, I will say that my relationships in the past have not always been healthy. My friends and family were helpless bystanders in some of the ugliest, most toxic situations that I can only blame myself for getting into.
I was consumed, smothered, and quite frankly, determined to wallow there for the rest of my days.
When I finally came up for air, I found myself diving into the most satisfying, exhilarating, and (what I wanted more than anything) committed relationship. And this very moment was my undoing. Read More »
God commands His people to meditate on His Word day and night.
“Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits at the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night.”
For thus says the Lord, who created the heavens (he is God!), who formed the earth and made it (he established it; he did not create it empty, he formed it to be inhabited!): I am the Lord, and there is no other.
God’s people exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creation rather than the Creator.