Relating with Others during Difficult Times

How do we respond during difficult times? Jesus, the most brilliant and practical teacher I know, gave us superb insight on how he asks us to relate to others to help them (Matthew 7:1-12). In this passage, Jesus deals with the fourth spiritual virus that infects our faith-communities. If we approach life as if we … Read more

Fear & Faith for Followers of Jesus

In these days when it seems so normal to feel fear and anxiety, let’s not beat ourselves up if we have such feelings. Even when they drive us toward darkness. First, we must own our feelings, authentically acknowledge them. If we don’t, they will not guide us in the midst of this “whatever has happened” … Read more

Jesus Radically Changed All Things

Wow, what a treasure chest the Old Testament (OT) is, yet Jesus radically changed all things. In the OT, discover so many first things. The beginnings of God’s big-story. How God designed us. Whose we are. God’s original…and unchanging…intent for His people. God’s archenemy who brought evil and pain and death into this world by … Read more

Clash of Cultures: Romans 14:1-15:13

How do we respond to a clash of cultures… from Scripture like Jesus would, whether the clash is personal in family or work, church or school, or corporate? In typical Paul-fashion, when he has a knotty problem to solve, he first carefully lays out the theological panorama necessary as a framework to solve the problem. … Read more

Spiritual Warrior, 2nd Development Cycle

Engage God’s presence… …both as our caring Father in the Family of God, …and also as our conquering King in the Kingdom of God. If you have settled by limiting your identity to a “beloved child” of God, a spiritual “warrior” may rock your boat. It’s true. We will always be our Father’s “beloved child.” … Read more