I Threw My Bat and Learned a Lesson

I was a 20-year-old college student playing in a city-league softball tournament. I was having a bad game and was becoming more frustrated with myself as each inning passed. In my final at-bat I got out…again. I was so mad that I threw the bat down and yelled in frustration. Then I remembered that my friends were there, along with their two young sons. I was very close with this family, and the boys were young and impressionable. They were cheering me on and witnessed every bit of my outburst. Our words… Read More

When the Mirror of Reality Becomes a Window of Hope

The tri-unity of God is a fundamental truth of Christianity. There is one God who is Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Three in One. Unity amid diversity in the community of the Trinity. Paul wrote to Timothy and said, “For God is one, and there is one Mediator between God and the sons of men—the true man, Jesus, the Anointed One.” ‭‭1 Timothy‬ ‭2:5‬ ‭TPT‬‬ It is a mind-boggling concept – one that defies the limited logic of our human understanding. We shouldn’t be surprised that there are things about God that… Read More

Prayer is a Light that Pierces the Darkness

Persecution has always been the reality for the people of God. The early church faced intense persecution, including the death of James the brother of John. It was in this context that Peter was also arrested and awaited his own death sentence. But the people of God we’re praying and interceding! “Now about that time Herod the king laid hands on some who belonged to the church in order to mistreat them. And he had James the brother of John put to death with a sword. When he saw that it pleased… Read More

What Are You Chewing On?

Have you ever watched a cow eat? The longer you watch, the more entertained you are. She bends her neck to the ground, grabs a clump of grass or hay, uses her tongue to position the food in her mouth, and starts chewing in a motion that is as much “round and round” as it is “up and down.” Then, after a long time of chewing, you think she’s finally finished. She pauses for a bit, but then starts chewing again. Part of a cow’s digestive process involves the cow chewing, swallowing,… Read More

Why Are People So Judgy?

I’m convinced that we not only need to be set free from sin, we also need to be set free from self-righteousness. When righteousness is defined as “being good” or “doing good,” the result is legalism. We commend ourselves for our efforts, while condemning others for their faults. We grew ourselves according to our intentions, while we judge others by their actions. Self-righteousness always results in judgmentalism toward others. Legalism and self-righteousness are two of our greatest enemies. While we stand on the ramparts and watch for enemy intrusions from the outside,… Read More