Born Condemned 

John 3:18 reminds us of a wonderful resolution to a horrific reality. M Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son.  M Jesus didn’t come to earth to condemn us…we were already that way […]

Will You Fall to the Ground and Die?

We seem trained to think of the worst about things at times…. If I don’t get this life insurance, all heck will break loose. If I don’t get this new toothpaste, I’ll get gengivitus. If I doing use high-perfomance gasoline, my gas mileage will suffer! If I don’t drink the new Corona Premier, I’ll never […]

Are we explorers or not?

Humans have an innate desire to explore and learn about the things that are important to us. Need to learn how to use the new Apple Watch?  Sure! Need to get your resume redone?  No problem. Need to plan a family vacation?  Absolutely. Need to learn about new players for your fantasy league?  Can do! […]

Let Go and Let God: Part II

In my last blog, I suggested that to let go and let God did not mean we were to just stop doing any activity and wait for some mysterious force to solve all our problems. Letting go and letting God is more about letting go of our will, expected outcomes, dreams, impulses, grand ideas, plans and […]

Loving God with Our Whole Heart

In reading Psalm 119 I noticed the phrase “whole heart” referenced several times. With my whole heart have I sought thee: Oh let me not wander from thy commandments. Psalm 119:10  Give me understanding, and I shall keep thy law; Yea, I shall observe it with my whole heart. Psalm 119: 34  I entreated thy favor with […]

What legacy will you leave?

For I am already being poured out as a drink offering, and the time of my departure has come. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Henceforth there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will award to […]

When Your Heart, Your Business (or your bike) is Broken

One day a little boy excitedly hopped on his new bike to join his friends when all of a sudden the chain came off.  He tried to fix it but couldn’t.  He didn’t know that the nut holding the tire on was loose, making the chain perpetually loose. He was so desperate to ride he borrowed his […]

Puppies, Wolves and a Receptive Heart

In Luke 8 Jesus says our heart’s ability to receive Him and His Word is like different kinds of soil. Packed Soil that’s packed down like a well-worn path…or a hardened heart; Satan comes and steals the seed from this soil.  When my heart is hardened or bitter I find it nearly impossible to receive truth from God. Rocky Soil […]

Give me a pure heart, oh God.

Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. – Psalm 51:10 (NIV) This plea from King David was his response after his affair with Bathsheba.   When facing his sin, he turned to God and cried out for a clean heart.  We too can follow David’s example, turn to God and seek a pure heart. […]

God Deposits in Our Hearts

Recently I endeavored to categorize all 750+ verses in the Bible pertaining to the heart.  It was rewarding to discover the dozens of rich aspects of the heart.   One such aspect of the heart is the idea of God putting deposits, plans and ideas into our hearts. First and best of all, as followers of Christ, God put a new heart in each of us at […]