Jesus Makes the Difference

For 38 years he was unable to walk. As a last resort, desperate for a miracle, he arranged to be taken to the Pool of Bethesda, where it was believed that angels occasionally stirred the waters, bring healing to the infirmed. But it never happened for him. Waiting can be wearisome. Our high hopes can be eroded by daily disappointments. But then the man came face to face with Jesus, who looked at the man with compassion and said, “Get up.” Inherent in the command was the capacity. His miracle had come,… 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

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

What Makes a Person Righteous?

Today’s reading is Romans 2. Being good does not make a person righteous, yet that is exactly how we often live. We weigh out our actions, dividing them into categories of “good” and “bad,” concluding that, because our good actions outweigh the bad, we are essentially good people. Further, we justify our bad actions, claiming that our motivations were right, even if our actions weren’t. Paul cuts through that self-righteousness, reminding his Jewish readers that, even if they are devout, religious, law-abiding Jews, people are not righteous because of their outward works,… Read More

Clutter

The University of Texas invited Admiral William McRaven to speak to the graduates at the 2014 commencement ceremony. Expectations were high that the decorated military officer would inspire the graduates. Surprisingly, his nearly twenty minute speech could be summarized in three words: “make your bed.” He said, “If you want to change the world, start off by making your bed.” He profoundly asserted that changing the world begins with daily disciplines. The speech and subsequent YouTube video went viral, and, while it is yet to be seen if bedmakers will, in fact,… Read More