Self is a four-letter word

If we’re ever going to receive all the God has for us, we must come to the end of self.

If you have accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, here is a list of things you are when you live out of your true identity in Christ

you are a totally new creationyou are in Christyou are totally forgiven for EVERY sin you’ve ever committed, are committing now, or ever will commit in the futureyou are totally righteousyou are totally reconciled you are redeemed you are sanctified you are justifiedyou are totally acceptedyou are an integral part of the body of Christyou […]

Our greatest need of all

 in a previous post we said our two greatest needs are love and acceptance and work and value you probably noticed I mentioned four needs,  but we lumped  love and acceptance together   and worth and valiue together. But (in this writer’s opinion), acceptance is the greatest of all our needs by a country mile. Acceptance […]

The Cone of Uncertainty

We walk around in a cone of uncertainty every day.

What I believe about myself today

My life changed completely on August 08, 2000. On that day, in a bible study of the book called, The Rest of the Gospel, I began learning my true identity in Christ. Since that day I have become an advocate for a broader perspective of Christ followers called the Exchanged Life. Simply stated Exchanged life means […]

Are you in or are you out?

When it comes to belonging to Jesus, we’re either all in or all out.

Clawing my way out of a black hole . . .of my own making

A black hole’s gravity sucks in everything it nears. Nothing escapes it’s pull,  not even light. When a writer gets sucked into that abyss, nothing escapes.  It’s a dark, lonely place. Words just won’t come. It’s not writer’s block. Writer’s block is not self imposed. Thinking obstacles, distractions and lapses in concentration cause writer’s block. […]

The “Good Christian” myth

Lots of folks who want to improve their lives (e.g. to be accepted by God, to get closer to God, to be loved more by God,  to gain God’s favor and blessing) try real hard to be a good Christian. The operative word here is “try”. But “good” Christians don’t exist. The moment we “try” to improve […]

Three Parts Of Man — Body, Soul, Spirit

We need to understand man’s nature to understand our true identity. Man has three parts–body, soul and spirit.

The Jesus way

We have our way of doing things. And Jesus has His way of doing things. Our ways are always worldly and self-centered. Jesus’ ways are always eternal and God-centered. Take the feeding of the 5,000 for example in John  6.  When the crowds gathered, his disciples didn’t have a way.  They thought the people should […]

Who is Jesus?

Savior of the world. Lamb of God. Prince of Peace. The Word. The way, the truth and the life. That’s who the Bible says He is. That’s what we call Jesus. He’s all those things. What still gives some folks trouble is when Jesus calls himself God! When Phillip asked Jesus to show them the […]

Thou shalt love the Lord how much?

“Love the Lord your God with some of your heart and with a little of your soul and with a bit of your strength and with most of your mind.” Luke 10:27. Is that what Jesus said was the greatest commandment? To love God with some of your heart? A little of your soul? A […]

Must we confess our sins to be forgiven?

One of the hallmark Bible principles we taught our 4th and 5th graders in VBS this year was that Christ died for ALL our sins, the sins we have committed or ever will commit. We told them there is not a single sin you could ever struggle with that has not already been forgiven at […]

How to pick the right religion

There is no room for religion in the lives of true believers.

The majestic, simple Gospel

The good news of the Gospel is simple enough for a child to understand.

The other cheek

An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind. Gandhi

Do I have to draw you a picture?

Sometimes we just might have to draw someone a picture to get our point across.

. . .and on the 8th day . . .

On the 8th day, Jewish infants became covenant children in God’s family.

The Shoes of Peace Aren’t Flip-Flops

I’m so blessed to have discovered  SharaC’s blog, Into the Foolishness of God today.  I was so enamored and moved with the first post I read, I decided to post it here.  I just know my readers will be blessed as well. Y’all visit her site. She’s a committed follower of Jesus and has a flair […]

Baskin Robins Christianity

In 1945 two brothers-in-law opened the first Baskin-Robbins ice cream shop in Pasadena, California. They sold 31 flavors, one for each day of the month. Since then the iconic dessert giant boast 7,500 stores worldwide and have created more than 1,000 unique flavors of ice cream. Christianity seems to have adopted the Baskin-Robbins business model. […]

It’s been one of those days

When things go South I can run home to Jesus and He will give me peace.

Riddle: What is full when it’s empty?

Empty. That’s a forlorn sounding word. I opened the fridge to get a glass of my favorite soymilk. I picked up the carton and shook it.  It was empty.  Our four-year-old granddaughter drank the last drop. I need to teach her that lesson about never taking the last of anything. A dear friend suffers from […]

Failure in 2017

Most folks dream up New Years resolutions to be a better person this year than they were last year. Personally I’ve never been a fan of New Years resolutions. I know I’ll break them. Just like most other folks who make them. I have a dear blogging friend who’s worried about failure in 2017. She’s a delightful […]

Banging on the door

https://twitter.com/stevesaw/status/818510449142591488 Isn’t that just like us?  We ask God, plead with God, beg God to do something for us., and we’re convinced He’s going to come through for us. Then, for no apparent reason to us, He shuts the door.  Not with a resounding slam, but a gentle push. Then the latch clicks.  We hear […]

What resentment can do

If I don’t deal with resentment that creeps into my head, it can become a passion and create a toxic, harmful state of mind. When we feel resentment our bodies become physical wrecks. Stress hormones course through our veins. Resentment can cause the heart rate and blood pressure to rise to sometimes dangerous levels. Resentment can […]

Do you ever use the “J” word in public?

Did you inow . . . If you use the “N” word in public some folks might call you a racist or a bigot. Some folks might even get angry. Most folks today, I think, would simply walk on by striving to appear as “tolerant” and as “politically correct” as they can. After all, “the “N” word […]

The Blackest Friday

Black Friday — It’s the biggest shopping day of the year. Thanksgiving weekend is the biggest shopping weekend of the year. Some retail analysts claim this weekend will represent between 15 and 30% of the year’s total revenues. The National Retail Federation claims that 226 million shoppers will spend an estimated $52.5 billion dollars this weekend, an average of $298.62 per shopper. But it is not real Black Friday.

Ever notice isolation around you?

lets shine our light on others

Do you know another word for “never-ending supply”?

God’s abundance is never ending, like a mighty river.

Do humans get a pass on sin?

Can we escape the stench of sin by simply admitting we’re human?

Let go (of what?) and let God Response

If we “Let go and let God”, what must we let go OF?

Go thee into thy closet

I need a quiet place, free of distractions and interruptions, to meet with God every day.

Chained to the past

Jesus is the only one who can break the chains that bind us to our past.

“Pick up your mat and walk.”

Once we encounter Jesus and experience His healing, let’s walk it out by sharing with others what Jesus did for us.

“Pick up your mat”

God can use our trials to create wonderful testimonies of His faithfulness.

Come on. Get Up!

We have to make a deliberate decision to obey Christ if we are to experience His healing.

We change our clothes, we change our minds, but . . .

Sometimes we get comfortable in uncomfortable circumstances because we fear change.