Why I Follow Jesus
I follow Jesus. I don’t follow Him perfectly, but I follow Him sincerely. I do not follow Christianity. I do not follow Christians. I follow Christ. Those are important distinctions. There are some who assume that believers follow Christianity itself- that is, the systems, structures, beliefs, traditions, and teachings of the church throughout history. Although we should learn from and appreciate those things, there are recognizable and regretful imperfections and failures within “Christianity” – things that were done in the name of Christ but did/do not accurately reflect His character or His… 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
Wisdom Comes One Bucketful at a Time
This month I am reading the book of Proverbs for my daily devotion time. There are 31 chapters in Proverbs, which makes it easy to read one each day. Today I read a verse that Hs taught me for many years. “Counsel in the heart of man is like deep water, But a man of understanding will draw it out.” Proverbs 20:5 NKJV There are some people who have deep wells of wisdom. It’s more than mere knowledge and information; it is practical wisdom for real life. Some of it was learned… Read More
As Long As You Are In Charge, You Are god.
The Church’s message is not only to be proclaimed, but also lived out. It has been said, “There are five gospels – Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, and you – and most people never read the first four.” One of the challenges the Church faces in each generation is to speak and live in a way that makes sense to the surrounding culture. Jesus was able to relate to the rich, the poor, young, old, religious, and heathen alike – and He did so without ever compromising the truth. While striving toward cultural… Read More
How to Handle Accusations
It’s one thing to be falsely accused; but what about when the accusations are accurate? The Apostle John describes satan as both a liar (John 8:44) and the “accuser” (Rev. 12:10). There are times when satan will accuse you falsely, and even attempt to get you to believe his lies. But there are also times when his accusations are indeed accurate, and his goal is to ensnare you in shame, fear, and hopelessness. John’s revelation shows that Jesus is the One who was, who is, and who is to come. In other… Read More