Free or Slave

Free or Slave

My mind is very dualistic so I tend to see everything as black or white, right or wrong, and either or. It is probably the result of eating too much from the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil instead of the Tree of Life.  So be patient with me as I try to work everything out in my head. Lately, I’ve been trying to figure out whether in Christ I’m free or a slave.

April 2017 Director's Encouragement Letter [Topic: A Marvelous Exchange]

April 2017 Director's Encouragement Letter [Topic: A Marvelous Exchange]

Dear Friend,

I recently stayed somewhere that had a sign posted in the room that read...

"Dear Guest, In an effort to conserve water and energy, would you please consider using your towel more than once. Please decide for yourself. A towel on the rack means ‘I’ll use it again.’ While, a towel on the floor or in the tub means ‘Please exchange.’"

Too Good to be True

Too Good to be True

Let’s face it. If we are pointing out enemies of grace, particularly those areas where the path is hard from years of tradition and wrong thinking, we don’t have to go any farther than our own minds. I define the flesh as the system we developed to handle life. Perhaps we could broaden that to simply the things we learned and accepted about life from the world, our family, and the devil. I have written extensively about the flesh, but it is worth pointing it out again here.

February 2017 Director's Encouragement Letter [Topic: Jesus' First Sign]

February 2017 Director's Encouragement Letter [Topic: Jesus' First Sign]

Dear Friend,

The book of John is a fascinating read. It was written years after the other gospels which allowed John time to reflect more deeply on the events of Jesus’ life. As he taught and reviewed the totality of Jesus’ ministry, meaning and symbolism that wasn’t initially clear became clearer. And when it came time to pen his letter he made sure to record these discoveries.

January 2017 Director's Encouragement Letter [Topic: Learning from Habakkuk]

January 2017 Director's Encouragement Letter [Topic: Learning from Habakkuk]

Dear Friend,

With the new year upon us Habakkuk 3:17-19 comes to mind:

"Even though the fig trees have no blossoms, and there are no grapes on the vines; even though the olive crop fails, and the fields lie empty and barren; even though the flocks die in the fields, and the cattle barns are empty, yet I will rejoice in the lord! I will be joyful in the God of my salvation! The Sovereign lord is my strength! He makes me as surefooted as a deer, able to tread upon the heights." (NLT) 

Lies, Lies, and More Lies

Lies, Lies, and More Lies

Both the book of Hebrews and the book of Titus inform us that we have a God who cannot lie. Hebrews 6:18 reads "...it is impossible for God to lie…" Titus 1:2 likewise reads "...God, who cannot lie…" I have often pondered on this monumental truth. After all, if God could lie, we would have no assurance of the certainty of His promises, no surety of judgment for either the righteous or the unrighteous, no confidence in the Word of God, and no sure history to protect us from the revisionists who tinker with the past. We would all be left to try to outwit a deceiving God who has vast advantages over us. Can you comprehend such a devastating turn of events?

Just Pick One

Just Pick One

Going to the grocery store with me used to be pure torture for my youngest daughter. It would take me FOREVER to make a decision about what to buy. I would stand in the isle trying to pick the item that would be most cost-efficient, healthiest, and easiest to prepare. My desire was to glorify and honor God in all I did including the use of my money.

You Shall Remember

You Shall Remember

In my reading and meditations I was going through Deuteronomy chapter 8 and noticed how many times Moses was calling Israel to "remember" the Lord God. How could they forget? He had done so many miraculous things for them; delivered them from slavery in Egypt, fed them bread from Heaven, given them water from the rock, quail in abundance to eat and made them rich out of their poverty.