Why the Kingdom of God is Not a No-Judgment Zone

The no-judgment zone has gone too far. Differences of opinion can be handled by those who are mature, but there are many who demand tolerance from others while refusing to extend the same toward those who see things from another perspective. Consequently, there are countless numbers of people who get offended at the thought of any form of absolute truth. If it doesn’t support their own thoughts, actions and beliefs, it is deemed judgmental and intolerant. They see it as condemnation. That mindset has also crept into the way people view God… Read More

Invisible Enemies from Trusted Friends

Invisible enemies can come from trusted friends.  Peter meant well. His heart was (generally) in the right place, but his thoughts were limited and led him to wrong conclusions.  Just moments before, Peter had made a brilliant and insightful statement, a revelation given to Him by God, when he said to Jesus: “You are the Christ (anointed one), sent by God!” But, after Jesus told His followers that He would suffer and die, Peter refused to believe it and began to rebuke Jesus, arguing against what He said, sternly confronting Him.  Can… Read More

Turning Up the Radio Won’t Fix the Engine

Remembering my own sin keeps me from judging other people bound by sin.  Sin is a touchy subject because it is attached to the deepest parts of our lives.  I recently heard a minister point out that the middle letter of the English word “sin” is what best defines it – “I”. Sin is always about me, my wants, my selfishness, my way, me over anyone else, including God.  With sin comes guilt and shame – these things are built in. However, we often create workarounds. We find someone who will justify… Read More

Why Does Jesus Confront Me With Sin and Make Me Feel Guilty?

The persecutor had become the persecuted.  Saul, a vehement enemy of the “Way” (as early believers in Christ were called), was defending the very cause he once opposed. Saul had changed – his life, his words, even his name! What prompted such a turnaround? Paul’s conversion story is told more than once in Luke’s detailed, historical account of the early church (the book of Acts). Back then, he was known as Saul. He was a respected, educated, and cultured man, whose zealous desire to defend the Law of God compelled him to… Read More

Wrong For All The Right Reasons

“Do not call something unclean if God has made it clean.” -Jesus‭‭ Acts of the Apostles‬ ‭10:15‬ ‭NLT‬‬ Peter’s prayer time was interrupted with an “Amber Alert” from heaven. Someone named Cornelius was lost and needed to be saved. There was only one problem- Cornelius was an outsider, a Gentile.  The Jew vs. Gentile tension was deep, but not intrinsically born out of hatred or racism. It was a matter of Jewish laws regarding holiness and separation.  The Jewish people rightly discerned that they were chosen of God, divinely favored, and special… Read More