What happens when we cross the line with God – Ezekiel 33:21-33, Part 3

Can you ever sin too much? Can you ever rebel against God too far? As we continue our study of Ezekiel 33, we learned in the previous post that God opened Ezekiel’s mouth, after seven years of silence, and now Ezekiel can speak freely. In verse 23, just as soon as Ezekiel can say whateverContinue reading “What happens when we cross the line with God – Ezekiel 33:21-33, Part 3”

We can always depend on God’s reputation – Ezekiel 20, Part 3

Editor’s Note: Thanks to guest blogger David Hundert for continuing the Ezekiel series this week. Do you wonder how God feels about you? Do you wonder if you’ve been so bad that God would never forgive you? How does God feel about us when we have done things that are awful, whether big or small?Continue reading “We can always depend on God’s reputation – Ezekiel 20, Part 3”

With God, the end of your story has not been written – Ezekiel 20, Part 2

Editor’s Note: Thanks to guest blogger David Hundert for continuing the Ezekiel series this week. Have you ever felt like things are so bad, there’s no hope? The “story” is ending at the moment of failure, and there is no way things could possibly turn around. Life can seem like that. But with God, there’sContinue reading “With God, the end of your story has not been written – Ezekiel 20, Part 2”

Clothe yourselves with forgiveness and love – Colossians 3:12-17, Part 4

A pastoral colleague of mine a few years ago felt convicted that his congregation needed to repent for how the church handled a difficult situation in their church family.  The event took place at the beginning of the pastor’s tenure, and in fact was already ongoing before he was hired.  When the difficult event actuallyContinue reading “Clothe yourselves with forgiveness and love – Colossians 3:12-17, Part 4”

What I learned about reconciliation from a guy who drove through my mailbox – Colossians 1:20-23, Part 4

A year or so ago, we were in our living room at night watching TV, and we heard a loud crashing sound out front. I went to the front porch, opened the door, and saw a car had skidded off the road, right through our mailbox, across our front lawn, tearing up two tire-streaks ofContinue reading “What I learned about reconciliation from a guy who drove through my mailbox – Colossians 1:20-23, Part 4”

The rights and privileges we have as adopted children of God – Our Identity: In God, Part 4

When my wife, Michelle, and I were talking about this idea of being adopted as God’s children, she reminded me of one of her favorite parts of the adoption ceremonies. At those adoption ceremonies one of the final components is that the judge reads the decree of adoption.  In the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, a decreeContinue reading “The rights and privileges we have as adopted children of God – Our Identity: In God, Part 4”

My six visits to a courtroom – Our Identity: In God, Part 3

I have been inside a courtroom for official court proceedings six times in my life.  The first time was my fault.  I was 17, very guilty, and scared to death.  I’m not going into the whole story today. If you want to learn more, I’ve written about it here. The summary is that I wasContinue reading “My six visits to a courtroom – Our Identity: In God, Part 3”

How one family’s drama was healed – Characters: Joseph, Part 5

In this Characters installment, we have been following the family drama in the life of Joseph, one of the patriarchs of ancient Israel. His is a story of extremes. Joseph lost his mother in childhood, but was his father’s favorite. His father loved him, but his brothers hated him. He had dreams from God aboutContinue reading “How one family’s drama was healed – Characters: Joseph, Part 5”

God can still use you after you sin? Characters: Jacob, Part 3

Have you ever messed up and thought, I’ve ruined my life? Maybe it was a mistake a work. Maybe it was a terrible relationship choice. You might have been selfish or unkind with what you said to a family member or friend, and now things between you are cold. Are you wondering if there isContinue reading “God can still use you after you sin? Characters: Jacob, Part 3”

“Radical Forgiveness” with Jonas Beiler and Joel Kime (Youth Culture Matters: A CPYU Podcast)

Thanks to my friends at the Center for Parent Youth Understanding, as they recently had me on a guest panel for an episode of their podcast. In light of Botham Jean’s brother forgiving Amber Guyger, Walt Mueller asked me to be on the CPYU podcast.  It was really interesting hearing Jonas Beiler talk about hisContinue reading ““Radical Forgiveness” with Jonas Beiler and Joel Kime (Youth Culture Matters: A CPYU Podcast)”