Spiritual Overflow

Standing at over 85 feet high and over 65 feet wide, Rome’s  Trevi Fountain is one of the most famous and glorious water fountains in the world.  Each statue stands as its own work of art, painstakingly crafted with opulent detail and placed on a rock foundation brilliantly hewn to accent their beauty. But, as beautiful as this masterpiece is, its brilliance and glory is only fully realized when crystal clear water cascades freely in, around, and over it. The beauty of a fountain is its overflow of water.  A fountain without water… Read More

Being Saved

“For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.” ‭‭1 Corinthians‬ ‭1:18‬ ‭ESV‬‬ Being saved. That phrase confused me for years, but it makes much more sense to me now.  I got saved when I was very young. Although somewhat naive about life, I sincerely knew that I wanted and needed Jesus to save me and be the center of my life.  As I grew through my teens and twenties I became more keenly aware… 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

The Privilege of Sharing the Message of Jesus

“Brothers, sons of the family of Abraham, and those among you who fear God, to us has been sent the message of this salvation. (‭Acts‬ ‭13‬:‭26‬ ESV) I was reminded yesterday of a significant assignment I have been entrusted – to share the message of Jesus with other people. It is easy to get in a routine of “receiving” from God, while inadvertently forgetting to “give” away what I have freely received! Having been sent out by the church, Paul and Barnabas found themselves in Antioch of Pisidia (modern day Southern Turkey)… Read More

Why the Role of a High Priest Still Matters

so Christ, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time, not to deal with sin but to save those who are eagerly waiting for him. (‭Hebrews‬ ‭9‬:‭28‬ ESV) As my High Priest, Jesus is both the Mediator and the Sacrifice. As the God-Man Jesus is the perfection of divinity wrapped in the flesh and blood of humanity. He was tempted to sin, but never did. Jesus sympathizes with me because He understands me. In the same way that Old Testament high priests – although themselves… Read More