The Paradox of Saying Thank You by Giving it Away

Throughout the bible thankfulness is always associated with giving. Thankfulness for a gift + the sharing of that gift = Thanksgiving. However, we live in a world that is obsessed with “what’s in it for me?” Maybe this why, in our modern culture, Thanksgiving is mostly reduced to over-eating and football. This type of inward focus […]

God did not show up when you did, or leave when you left

1 Corinthians 3:5–11 (ESV) What then is Apollos? What is Paul? Servants through whom you believed, as the Lord assigned to each. I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth. So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth. He who plants and he who […]

The Essence of Sabbath Observance is Grace

Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Exodus 20:8 (ESV) God certainly knew what He was doing when He created the Sabbath. It’s something we all need. So why are those who keep the Sabbath misrepresented as Pharisees, or legalists? Is it more legalistic to trust in God by obeying Him and resting in […]

Rearranging our Schedule for People

For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost. – Luke 19:10 The Gospels reveal a Jesus who is constantly rearranging his plans for people. He made time for children when His disciples said He had no time for children, (Mark 10:13–16). Jesus made time for a Pharisee in the middle […]

An Invitation and an Investment

Matthew 9:9 (ESV) As Jesus passed on from there, he saw a man called Matthew sitting at the tax booth, and he said to him, “Follow me.” And he rose and followed him. Matthew was actively participating in his crooked business when Jesus came and said, “Follow me.” therefore the only preparation we need to […]

Breaking the Vicious Cycle

John 11:25 Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live. Have you ever felt stuck in a circle? They say the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again expecting different results. Maybe you’re struggling […]