Explaining Abraham and Isaac to Kids

Let’s face it, there’s some tough material in the Bible.  It’s hard for adults, and even harder sometimes for kids.   The other night I read the story of Abraham sacrificing Isaac to my five-year-old, who is also named Isaac.  He called me back into his room afterwards crying.  He had a hard time getting it out, but the obvious concern in his little mind … Read More

Valuing What You Do

There is an old saying that familiarity breeds contempt. Jesus said it this way, “A prophet is not without honor, but in his own country, and among his own kin, and in his own house.” (Mark 6:4) People who spend a lot of time around you are less likely to think you’re a superhero.  They’ll see not only the good stuff, … Read More

What Was Paul’s Thorn in the Flesh?

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 … Read More

Focus: The Key to Unlocking Destiny

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 … Read More

Building From Love instead of Fear

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 … Read More

Why Outrage Can’t Build the Kingdom

“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 … Read More

Stop Stressing About Your Stress

“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 … Read More

How to Overcome Sin

“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 … Read More

The Chiefs, Protestors, and Free Will

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 … Read More

Listening to Understand

“My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry.” James 1:19 The Holidays are almost here, and if you’re like many people, you may end up in an unwanted tradition:  the family argument. Getting together can be lots of fun but can also cause some tension. I … Read More