Past, Present, and Future Sins are Forgiven

Did you know that all your sins, past, present, and future are already forgiven? That may seem like a radical statement. How can God forgive sin we haven’t even committed yet? In Hebrews 10, the author of Hebrews contrasts the Old and New Covenants. In verse 11 he says, “And every priest standeth daily ministering and offering oftetimes the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins.” He’s saying that under the Mosiac Law there … Read More

Free Will in the Creation Story

In Genesis 1 God creates the heavens and the earth, all the animals and plants, and man. After creating the universe, God sits down with Adam and begins to describe what He’s created and man’s role in it. Man is to be a steward of a special corner of God’s creation. Adam is, in conjunction with his family, to fill the earth, and “subdue it” (Gen 1:28). The Hebrew word for “subdue” is “Kabash” and … Read More

God Sounds Like You

When Jesus was walking the earth, it was a lot harder to recognize who He was than we might imagine. We give the Pharisees a lot of grief for missing it, but His own family didn’t believe in Him (John 7:5). The difficulty they had was that they grew up with Jesus. They saw Him every day working with their dad. He didn’t do any miracles.  He made furniture and ate food.  He slept. He was totally … Read More

What is God Really Like?

What is God really like? That’s a big question. It’s so big we’ll never have the full answer, but we’re meant to continually seek it. Jesus described knowing God as eternal life (John 17:3).  Real living starts when we begin to see God for who He really is. This is a lifelong journey that doesn’t even stop when we die. For all eternity, we’ll be learning about the eternal riches of His gracious character. (Eph 2:7) … Read More

Stand Still or Move Forward?

I read a sign the other day that said, “The Lord will fight for you, you need only to be still.” This is a quote from Exodus 14:14. Moses says it to the children of Israel when they get to the red sea and Pharaoh’s army is closing in. We have a tendency in Christianity to pull verses like this out and use them as slogans that seem to apply in every situation.  I don’t think … Read More