On the Other Side

I was reflecting on the last six months of my life with a friend yesterday. It was a season characterized by deadlines and busyness while emotionally dealing with being cheated, rejected, and disappointed by various people who I trusted and honored. But this morning, this verse spoke to me: “And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope....

No Longer Angry

Old Testament: ““You only have I chosen of all the families of the earth; therefore I will punish you for all your sins.”” Amos‬ ‭3:2‬ ‭NIV‬‬ New Testament: “My little children, these things I write to you, so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. And He Himself is the propitiation for our sins, and not for...

Overcoming Fear

Fear is dastardly. It’s job is to distract and dismay us from doing what we are called to do – love people. Fear separates. Fear sows seeds us of distrust. Fear believes the worst in people. Fear causes us to lock our doors, close our blinds, secure our resources and protect ourselves from “them”. Fear is a liar. But if I allow fear to set my agenda, I have allowed...

All the World

For God so loved the world… We all have it memorized. It has been taught in every Sunday School class. It is the “ABC’s” of Christianity. But yesterday as I was talking to some new friends, God was downloading greater revelation on this basic truth. I love Gospel Music (Black Gospel music not southern gospel). It is my favorite genre of music. There are some songs like, “I’m Not Forgotten”...

Flawed

Can I confess to you, family? I am flawed. Yes me. My theology is not always perfect. I’m learning. I am not always patient. I’m growing. Recently, I went through a time of depression. God has delivered me. Sometimes I get angry and have to be reminded by the Holy Spirit to forgive. I have voted Republican. I have voted Democratic. Sometimes in the same election. I hate country music,...

Flawed Heroes

What lesson is the Lord teaching me in this season? How to honor and love flawed leaders. As a math teacher, I love absolutes. In movies, I want my good guys to be good and my bad guys to be bad. I don’t have patience for a vigilante hero. But in life, no one is absolutely good or absolutely evil. Alas, our heroes in life are all flawed. Parents may...

The Book of Job

Be honest. When you saw the title of this blog, did it make you cringe? Personally, I think Job is one of the most misunderstood books of the bible. It has been used to teach us suffering should be expected and welcomed, that God “allows” Satan to ravage us, or that suffering is God’s will for our lives. I by no means consider myself an expert but this is what...

The Storm

Living in NC, I have experienced a storm or two in my lifetime. Storms normally hit land, rage war for a day, then head back to sea. We, North Carolinians, know how to weather a storm – milk, bread and bottled water. But could you imagine being in the storm for two weeks? Paul found himself in the midst of a storm for two weeks. Fourteen days of wind, rain,...

The Nations

Yesterday, as I walked in my neighborhood, I noticed this sign in one of my neighbor’s yard. I don’t know this neighbor. I don’t know there religious beliefs but I thought, “Man, they understand the heart of God in this matter.” God’s heart is not just for America. God’s heart is for the nations. And as Christians, that should be our heart as well. The sign in my neighbor’s yard,...

I Am Salt

In the OT there is a story of a town with a bad water supply. The bible says the town was “beautifully situated” but the water made the town uninhabitable. As I read that story this morning I thought about our country. No matter what political side you are on, I think we can all agree America is beautiful – from the colors in the Fall of the Appalachian mountains,...