"God never gives you more than you can handle." Have you ever heard this phrase? I hear it frequently applied to difficult circumstances, but I believe it is untrue. It is a misuse of 1 Corinthians 10.12-13: Therefore let anyone who thinks that he stands take heed lest he fall. No temptation has overtaken you… Continue reading Does God allow us to face the “impossible?”
This is the final installment in the series, "The Effects of Knowing God." To read the previous post, click here. Relationships have the potential to change us. Much depends on our character, stubbornness, and admiration of the people we are connected to. Sometimes our knowledge of a person will draw us closer to them, possibly… Continue reading The Right Relationship Changes Everything
Last week, I attended a webinar hosted by Michael Hyatt, the New York Times Bestselling Author, speaker, and blogger. I highly recommend his work, especially as he teaches from a Christian perspective. One of the action items from this webinar involved “making an appointment to write” and keeping it just as you would any other… Continue reading The Meeting We All Desperately Need
When I choose the wrong path while under pressure, is it mere weakness or something more? I lived in California for over 30 years. I learned early-on that I was often in the minority religiously, morally, and politically. In fact, if one held a remotely conservative view, silence was the recommended modus operandi... unless you wanted to… Continue reading Who Do I Fear More: Man or God?
Parenting is inconvenient. Yes, I just said that. Once you have a child, your life will be forever changed. You will be humbled. Humiliated. Screamed at. Loved with abandon. Squeezed with unimaginable strength by those little arms. Amazed. Shocked. heartbroken. Overwhelmed with love. Filled with a newfound awe for your own parents. Unfortunately, once the baby… Continue reading Is Your Parenting on Cruise Control?
We rely heavily on our government, the stock market, the police force, the might of the military, the power of our arsenal, our bank accounts, our retirement funds, our time management skills, etcetera. We believe we have heaps of time when we really only have this moment. You never know if you'll be that person who is at work when a plane crashes through the building, or on the Champs-Elysées when a nutcase indiscriminately sprays bullets into the crows, or in the car when that teenager is fatally texting their way into your vehicle. Have we put too much faith in ourselves? Too much faith in the established order?
Do you have difficulty reading through certain books of the Bible? Here is my short-list: Revelation Ezekiel Some of the minor prophets (about 9 out of 12...) Parts of Exodus Leviticus Prophetic books containing apocalyptic language are an obvious challenge. It takes research into the symbolism, a knowledge of the historical time frame, and a… Continue reading How do I read through Leviticus?
This is Part 2 of the Series "The Effects of Knowing God" For the previous post, click here. What effect does knowing God have on your life? What effect did it have on the Pharaoh of the Exodus account? Picture in your mind Moses and Aaron in the court of Pharaoh... A line of foreigners,… Continue reading Lessons from a Humiliated Pharaoh
Do you know God? In some form or fashion, everyone "knows" God...The atheist knows God as a figment of the delusional Christian imagination. God is just as mythological to the atheist as unicorns or pygmy puffs. Those who believe in such things are weak, needing some sort of crutch. Someday, that same atheist will… Continue reading The Effects of Knowing God
"Am I joyful, patient, and faithful?" Hmmm. If I'm being honest with myself, those would be checked off on my report card under the "needs improvement" category.