The Day Moses Broke All Ten Commandments

I’m not sure if we admit it as much as we used to, but we all sin pretty regularly.  For those who recognize the authority of Scripture, sin is defined by two words: transgression & iniquity. Transgression is the crossing of a line, the outward act of sin. Iniquity is the inner motivation, our fleshly bent toward sin. (The good news is that Jesus was both wounded for our transgressions and bruised for our iniquity!) Even if a person refuses to accept God’s word as the standard of right and wrong, there… Read More

Finding the Freedom of Forgiveness in a Culture of Shame

Shame may temporarily modify one’s actions, but it inevitably pushes people away from God. “You ought to be ashamed of yourself” is a phrase I have both heard and (I regret to say) said to others, including my own children. The truth is most people are already draped in a heavy, self-woven blanket of shame. Heaping more shame on an already weary soul leaves them demoralized and without hope. Jesus never left people without hope. What is the gospel if not the removal and lifting of the weight of shame? The most… Read More

The Comfort of Slavery

We’ve seen it too many times. A girl escapes an abusive relationship only to return to her abuser. An alcoholic remains sober for months, maybe years, then a personal crisis triggers a drunken binge. A person loses a significant amount of weight, then makes small compromises and slowly regains the weight, along with its emotional heaviness.  Why do we so easily return to that which once enslaved us?  It’s one thing to be physically set free; but unless that freedom is realized in our spirits and also our souls (mind, emotions), we… Read More

No Longer Bound by Sin and Shame

Filled with shame, he regretted his decision to eat of the forbidden fruit. Then he heard the footsteps of God. Embarrassed and humiliated, she hung her head as her accusers publicly exposed her adulterous relationship. Then she heard the footsteps of Jesus. Our sins leave the residue of shame, humiliation, and regret. That’s what sin does – it lures us into momentary pleasure, but leaves us with a lifetime of pain. But it doesn’t have to be that way. In the Old Testament, God had Moses build a tabernacle, which served to… Read More

Why I Still Believe in the Church

After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands, …And he said to me, “These are the ones coming out of the great tribulation. They have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. (‭Revelation‬ ‭7‬:‭9, 14‬ ESV) Jesus unveiled some pretty incredible things to John on the Island of Patmos, much of which… Read More