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  • Focus: The Key to Unlocking Destiny
    May 31, 2019
    Readings
    Jesus said, “The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light” (Matthew 6:22).  In the context, He’s talking about the importance of focusing on God and His Kingdom.  He says later that if we’re single-minded in our pursuit of God, everything else we’re worried about will come to us (Verse 33). This teaches us the power of priorities and keeping God in first place. It also teaches a broader truth about how focus enables us to walk in our destiny. Jesus is saying, “You really can’t focus...
  • What Was Paul's Thorn in the Flesh?
    May 31, 2019
    Readings
    One of the more difficult passages of scripture in the Bible is 2 Corinthians 12:1-10.  In this passage, Paul seems to indicate that he was taken into heaven and shown revelations that it’s not lawful for him to even talk about. He goes on to link these revelations with what he calls a “thorn in his flesh.” The debate over what this “thorn” is and why it’s there is intense.  It comes down to basically 2 worldviews: 1)  If we believe God to be the ultimate cause behind everything (omnicausality) then God must’ve given Paul the thorn in the flesh.  From here,...
  • What Was Paul's Thorn in the Flesh?
    May 23, 2019
    Readings
    One of the more difficult passages of scripture in the Bible is 2 Corinthians 12:1-10.  In this passage, Paul seems to indicate that he was taken into heaven and shown revelations that it’s not lawful for him to even talk about. He goes on to link these revelations with what he calls a “thorn in his flesh.” The debate over what this “thorn” is and why it’s there is intense.  It comes down to basically 2 worldviews: 1)  If we believe God to be the ultimate cause behind everything (omnicausality) then God must’ve given Paul the thorn in the flesh.  From here,...
  • Building From Love instead of Fear
    May 2, 2019
    Readings
    I often say that love is a greater motivator than fear and that people driven by fear won’t accomplish as much in the long run as those compelled by love.  But it doesn’t always appear that way from the outside. If we look around, a lot of stuff seems to be getting accomplished by anxious activity.  A major minister I listen to tells a story about how he worked really hard to get into green rooms and be on TV. When he got there, he was really disappointed because everyone was just as insecure as he was.  From his view,...
  • Why Outrage Can't Build the Kingdom
    April 4, 2019
    Readings
    “For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God.” James 1:20 This is one of the most counter-cultural verses in the Bible. The Contemporary English Version says it this way:  “If you are angry, you cannot do any of the good things God wants done.” This is stunning because we live in a time where the currency is outrage. We move from one appalling event to another, channeling our anger into an endless stream of memes, diatribes, and attacks.  We’re outraged because of current events, but also because those around us aren’t sufficiently outraged.  We tend to measure our righteousness by...
  • Stop Stressing About Your Stress
    February 21, 2019
    Readings
    “And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful.”  Col 3:15 We quote this verse and it's principles often.  It’s common Christian jargon to say things like, “I felt peace about that” or “I didn’t feel peace, so I didn’t do it.” We’ve pulled  a principle from this verse that says peace is supposed to help us make good decisions. The word “rule” in the Greek means to be an arbiter or umpire.  Peace, then, is meant to help us judge whether or not we should...
  • How to Overcome Sin
    February 7, 2019
    Readings
    “Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof.”  Romans 6:12 Christians know they aren’t supposed to sin.  This is drilled into to most of us pretty early on.  The trouble is, most of the communication sounds like, “Don’t do this, don’t do that, and whatever you do, make sure you don’t…” It’s fine to be taught moral principles. Paul said he wouldn’t have known what sin was if the law hadn’t told him (Rom 7:7). However, at some point we’ve got to get past just pointing out that certain things are...
  • The Chiefs, Protestors, and Free Will
    January 23, 2019
    Readings
    Last Sunday Molly and I got to go to the Chiefs game at the last minute.  On the way in, there were a bunch of protestors on the side of the road. They had a strange mish-mash of signs about how God hated various people, that judgement was near, and that football was an idol.  I usually have to fight off anger at stuff like this because of how terribly it misrepresents God. However, as I was feeling frustrated, I saw my favorite sign in the group.  It read: “Free will is a demonic lie.”  At that point I just laughed...