No Gamble Here Matthew’s chronicle of Jesus’ first miracle is the healing the leper (Matt. 8:1-4) which crossed Jewish beliefs of religious purity. He touched the untouchable and healed this man. His second miracle, the healing of the centurion’s servant (Matt. 8:5-13) crossed ethnic boundaries by giving attention to a race despised by society. In … Continue reading A Double Trifecta
1976 Wagoneer I selected this photo because it is am image that suits those that continue to make claims that President Trump is ‘pandering to his base’. The intention is to paint pictures of white Southern or Midwestern men that are uneducated, overweight and don’t know much. If you truly want to see a country … Continue reading Who is Trump’s Base?
“........And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:4-7 NIV When we relinquish our self, IN EVERY SITUATION, to God’s guidance and authority, the result WILL “transcend understanding”. Paul gave notice this gift of peace comes from our relationship with Him, meaning … Continue reading Be Anxious for Nothing Part 5
“Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your … Continue reading Be Anxious for Nothing Part 4
A Near Perfect Day! “Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all … Continue reading Be Anxious for Nothing Part 3
“Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your … Continue reading Be Anxious For Nothing Part 2
“Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your … Continue reading Be Anxious For Nothing
... It is then true that everything teaches man his condition, but he must understand this well. For it is not true that all reveals God, and it is not true that all conceals God. But it is at the same time true that He hides Himself from those who tempt Him, and that He … Continue reading Stands To Reason
As Martin Luther set to work reading, studying, and teaching Scripture from the original languages, his troubled conscience seethed beneath the surface — especially as he confronted the phrase “the righteousness of God” in Romans 1:16–17. He wrote, “I hated that word ‘righteousness of God,’ which according to the use and custom of all the … Continue reading Let Me Try This Again, Please
Remembering God through the course of each day is not our nature, but doable and a game changer in the best possible way. Combining habit development (our will) with the leading of the Holy Spirit (His will) makes this possible and more than a message you might receive on any given Sunday. Investing in prayer … Continue reading Remember
One of them, an expert in the law, tested him with this question: “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” Jesus replied: “ Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like … Continue reading Are The Commandments Just Good Suggestions?
As Laura and I were discussing why we so loved our “newer” church home, it struck me as something to chronicle as my blogs center on the faith practices and beliefs that make my life better than it was without them. The friends I’ve made, the inspirational worship services, the consistency of life giving sermons … Continue reading Is Church Necessary?
Our level of faith in a loving and sovereign God is in direct proportion to the depth of the relationship we carve out with Him and our dependence will grow when we trust Him more at each new challenge. The New Testament became the gold standard on how we do this as Jesus’ disciples and … Continue reading Do You Know #2
Once given the measure of Grace to claim the Gospel story for our own redemption, we choose the level of investment in this relationship with Jesus. God’s instructions to know Him first and put Him before all other things are the gist of the first four of the Ten Commandments. Knowing God intimately and putting … Continue reading Do You Know?
A prior blog; https://whatwewant.blog/2019/04/07/in-defense-of-the-word/; discussed a position of belief the Bible can’t be considered reliable in its entirety due to the same ages old arguments. Believing God is the almighty, omnipotent, merciful and loving God He proclaims to be, how could we simultaneously believe He left us with a flawed and dysfunctional instruction manual? Searching … Continue reading In Defense of the Word #2
We want and need to know our purpose whether we honestly admit this to ourselves or not. We can’t help but sometimes wonder if what we do each day matters and if what we say changes anyone’s life for the better. God built this longing into our design and His repeated instructions to know Him … Continue reading Work Out Your Salvation
He might be most disappointed so many Christians don’t trust or believe Him. “I spoke through Moses, David, Paul and many others to give you details about my character and how to live in a way that would benefit you the most. I’m sorry Adam left you a sin nature you have to deal with … Continue reading If God Wrote Letters
It is our nature to decide whether we like someone based on how they align with our own beliefs and activities. Life can easily become about “our movie” with little regard for other’s “movies” *. This means other’s evaluation is often based on the same, having limited participation in my “movie”. The more I thought … Continue reading Do You Feel the Love?
Choose Wisely Beliefs, much like fashion trends, spread and grow from advertisement, whether paid or by word of mouth and, of course, both happen rapidly in today’s hyper electronic world. As with any advertising, consider who the advertisers are and their motives. The message you should expect to receive from any Christian entity is one … Continue reading Which One?
Jesus said, “And I, if I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all peoples to Myself” (John 12:32). When we preach our own experiences, people may be interested, but it awakens no real sense of need. But once Jesus Christ is “lifted up,” the Spirit of God creates an awareness of the need … Continue reading Powerful or Powerless?
Not by the Mamas & the Papas Reading through Jesus’ Upper Room Discourses I abandoned my release of the next planned blog in favor of sharing the promises of the One that truly matters on this most special of commemorative times. Here is a link to Huffpost for good definitions of Maundy Thursday as well … Continue reading Maundy, Maundy
Reblog of In Defense of the Word #2 The New Testament has significance as God - breathed a handbook for our daily living. He gave us, with an ultimate sacrifice and in great detail, a path to know Him, procedures for our release of the burdens of fear, worry and guilt, means to be under … Continue reading What Easter is About
How often have you heard or debated the Bible can't be trusted or considered reliable in its entirety because: 1 - the number of authors that wrote it or some books have unknown authors, 2 - the number of language translations or 3 - it was for “the times it was written” and not as … Continue reading In Defense of the Word
Promises Kept “And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.” Genesis 1:26-31. The … Continue reading Truth or Glare #4
There is a holiness God enables us to reach that transcends any of our feeble efforts. Jack Hayford, in his book, Manifest Presence, wrote his commentary in such a way it untangled a vagueness I felt when giving thought to this or whenever I heard the words that I should or I could be made … Continue reading Truth or Glare #3
Continuation of Truth or Glare.....So, what parts of the Bible should we take seriously? What does God say about our stay in this world and about our human condition? It is important to separate religion from our relationship with God in a sense some replace, delete or simply ignore much of His written word. God … Continue reading Truth or Glare #2
Reflections or deflections Our determination of what truth is should not be confused with opinions. Relying on intellect and senses alone always falls short if our dependence on truth lies with what we are sold by media, the mantras of the crowd we hang with, or hold to sentiments shared with our work peers. Remaining … Continue reading Truth or Glare
There is much diversity in worship styles, but at the heart of worship should lay an expectation of God’s presence. The power of song and music as we lift our hearts, voices or hands to God is one of the most powerful tools given us to experience His presence and feel His pleasure. His commandments … Continue reading What Does Worship Mean?
Continued from previous Eternity blog......... Buying into a worldview that no longer gives importance to the idea of a heaven or hell results in complacency in faith. Here lies the enemy’s biggest trap. Apathy. Apathy or complacency in faith serves the enemy better than any tool, just like apathy in who runs your government serves … Continue reading Is God Obsolete?
A continuation of “In My Heart Means What” (see Menu). Previously referencing Charles Swindoll’s thoughts on the “hows and whats” we put into our heart, a friend and follower of my blog added this comment (See his full comments below the first Heart blog). From another perspective though, I do think “the heart” much of … Continue reading More About Heart