Obedience > Feelings: A lesson from Joseph

Have you ever been in a sticky situation?  We’re going to look at the life of Joseph, who was in a sticky situation. He’s engaged to Mary, you may have heard of her. Mary is pregnant, but Joseph is not the dad. This looks really bad on Joseph and Mary. This was a sticky situation…

Good ideas are second to God’s great plan

After David was settled in his palace, he said to Nathan the prophet, “Here I am, living in a house of cedar, while the ark of the covenant of the Lord is under a tent.” Nathan replied to David, “Whatever you have in mind, do it, for God is with you.” (1 Chronicles 17:1-2) King David of…

TITUS

Background: Paul mentions Titus in Galatians 2:1-3, and we find out that he was a Gentile. Then after fourteen years, I went up again to Jerusalem, this time with Barnabas. I took Titus along also. I went in response to a revelation and, meeting privately with those esteemed as leaders, I presented to them the…

Brokenness

“Therefore, since through God’s mercy we have this ministry, we do not lose heart. Rather, we have renounced secret and shameful ways; we do not use deception, nor do we distort the word of God. On the contrary, by setting forth the truth plainly we commend ourselves to everyone’s conscience in the sight of God.And even if our gospel is veiled, it…

What’s in my parenthesis?

Now a man named Lazarus was sick. He was from Bethany, the village of Mary and her sister Martha. (This Mary, whose brother Lazarus now lay sick, was the same one who poured perfume on the Lord and wiped his feet with her hair.) John 11:1-2 At the beginning of this story, John remembers Mary for…

Scantron Mercies

Today, I forgot a grading sheet, also known as a scantron, where I bubble my answers for exams. My sociology teacher, Dr. K, could have, should have, not let me go get a scantron during the test, but she did. I should’ve gotten a 0 on the test, but I didn’t. She had mercy on…

The Root of All Pride

“I’m just really struggling with pride right now.” What the does that even mean? Every believer has most likely said that first statement, in some form or fashion, at either a Sunday school class, discipleship meeting, or ‘Life Group.’ Pride is easy to talk about in general terms, but we must get to the root…

Lessons from the Israelites

Do you ever read about God’s people in the Old Testament and wonder, what were they thinking? From the moment God spoke to Moses in the burning bush, God guided His people. Like a shepherd, He led His sheep through the desert despite their stupidity and disobedience. Even though He didn’t have to do so,…

A gracious Father desires gracious children

What is grace? Although one can look up the definition in a dictionary, the best way to understand grace is to be shown grace. I had heard the word hundreds of times before I began to comprehend it. Grace became clear when I saw my dad demonstrate it by forgiving someone. He gave that person…

A Fixed Focus

“What do you have to live for?” American psychologist William Marston asked three thousand people this question. An astonishing 94 percent were living in the present, but waiting for something in the future. As I look at the choices I make and why I make them, they sometimes reflect the mentality of the 94 percent….