I just want to quickly share something with you. Many of us remember the simple but meaningful (and frightening) sentence, “Remember Lot’s wife” (Luke 17:32). That one phrase has sparked many sermons. As I thought about this instruction to the Jews who would need to flee at the time, I thought that maybe I should remember Lot also. It wasn’t the escape from destruction I was considering but number of people who left.
I considered the conversation between the Lord and Abraham before the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah. Gen 18:16-33 Continue reading
Let me state this upfront. By sharing this with you, I am not in any way trying to discredit the Bible. I do not believe God’s Word that is settled in Heaven will be changed by anything happening down here. If doesn’t matter if the physical copy is highlighted, colored, someone takes scissors to it to cut it, etc. What was spoken by the Holy Ghost is recorded permanently and will be fulfilled completely. This is not a matter of words having the same meaning. This is a matter of people noticing the subtle changes. Telling someone the meaning hasn’t changed or that something has always been that way is like telling someone that it’s okay to switch up first, middle, and last names to whatever order because it’s still the same person. That’s not the point. The point is that we’ve seen changes and anticipate more coming that will have a much bigger spiritual impact than whether or not “Joe Bob” is now called “Bob Joe.” Continue reading
Is the sun setting by moving on its own path, or is the earth turning away from the sun?
There’s really no nice, smooth way to get into two or three of my topics, so I’m just gonna come right out and type. There are a few topics I’ve just been sitting on for well over a year. Part of it is because I really want what I’m thinking to come across as clearly as possible but Biblically aligned. Continue reading
(This note is primarily written around Christmas, but it also applies to other holidays such as Easter/Resurrection Day. Yes, I know the name origins and the stories behind them. I just call them how they’re recognized.)
So, this topic has been on my mind and heart for quite some time now. By “some time,” I mean this has been bothering me for a few years…probably starting back in 2007. I’ve gone through the periods of loving Christmas, Easter, and Thanksgiving (well, I actually liked that one for days out of school and seeing cousins) as a child (not just for gifts because I’ve never been materialistic) to enjoying time as an adult and parent, to liking it less when a sister began talking about trees, to swinging to the opposite end of the spectrum and not even wanting to turn on my tv or drive past anything with a wreath, to being plain uncomfortable watching siblings-in-Christ try to figure out how to interact with each other around certain days, to where I am now. Continue reading
Quiz time!!! (Yay!!)
I’d like to just share something I quizzed myself on last year. When I finished my pop quizzes (I had a few at different times), I was well into January. I decided to take some extra time to slow down to read every word in a verse so that I would be less likely to miss something while gaining some new insight/understanding of what I read in Scripture. This is meant to be enjoyable and doesn’t mean I hit on everything here. This is one of the tools I use when I quiz kids, too, so they begin to use Scripture to support their answers while using comprehension and logic skills to consider reasons something occurred. (This won’t be graded, so relax!) Grab a paper and pen so you can keep track, if needed. (Btw, I do realize the Bible never numbers the wise men and that they did not visit Jesus the night He was born. I wanted an image that is easily recognizable to many.) Ready? Continue reading
There is simply no way I can write everything out to be pulled from this passage. This is so deep and so full that all I can do is attempt to hit some main points and give you multiple resources for you to hear and see different nuggets in each. I apologize for the extreme delay in adding this. I kept learning new things and then started multiple posts, which needed to be transferred and just came back to this recently. I can’t get everything here, but it’s a start. Continue reading
So…part 2 of the Luke 15 parable.
Let’s remember it starts with this:
Luke 15 begins with “1 Then drew near unto him all the publicans and sinners for to hear him. 2 And the Pharisees and scribes murmured, saying, This man receiveth sinners, and eateth with them.” – Luke 15:1-2
Again, I’m not claiming to have a full understanding of the depth of a teaching of Jesus. I’m just sharing some things that came across my mind while I was studying, listening to sermons, and considering the points Jesus was making. Continue reading
I’ve been thinking about Luke 15 for several months. Every time I got ready to post about it, something would distract me. I am positive that I am not seeing everything there is to see here, but I also don’t want to prolong offering something for the sake of trying to make it perfect, especially since I’m not perfect. This is part 1 of a 3-part parable. I honestly could not tell you what led me to even look at this and start asking the questions that I did, but I learned some interesting things. Continue reading
This past year has been most trying. It’s been a year with loss, extreme heartache, multiple emergency room visits, etc. It’s also been a time of reflection, growth, and strengthening of faith. I’m pretty sure that I’ve been faced with a major challenge in just about every area of my life over the past few months. Instead of writing everything out right now, I just want to share some of the messages that I heard this year. Hopefully, something here can encourage someone else. Continue reading
God, by His own actions, has shown us that He considers marriage a binding and permanent covenant until death. In fact, the entire Bible is a picture of marriage highlighted by the life of Jesus. Many have asked why there is so much focus on marriage, have looked to explain why divorce and remarriage is possible, and have reasoned that it is permissible because they are comfortable and do not believe they are in disobedience to God for finding other spouses. The purpose of this post is to show how God illustrates covenant keeping, love for the prodigal spouse, and the picture of salvation. Hopefully, this post will help tie the marital posts together and give people a more complete view of marriage. Continue reading