Hope for the condemned – Easter 2022, Romans 8, Part 2

What do you do when you feel the anxiety and the pain and the stress of condemnation from people? Other people can sure be condemning, can’t they? Maybe you have a family member, a co-worker, or a classmate that is like that. They might even be a church member, someone you would call a friend,Continue reading “Hope for the condemned – Easter 2022, Romans 8, Part 2”

You can be set free to love – Galatians 1:1-5:15, Part 5

Do you find it hard to love some people? Maybe there are people you really struggle with? Keep reading because there is hope! Because Jesus died and rose again, we can be free!  Look at chapter 4:1-7.  Because of Jesus’ death and resurrection, Paul says, we can receive the full rights as sons and daughtersContinue reading “You can be set free to love – Galatians 1:1-5:15, Part 5”

When a heart grows cold – Ezekiel 35-36, Part 1

Many years ago, my wife Michelle and I sat in the living room of a young couple listening, somewhat shocked, as only one year after having done their pre-marital counseling and wedding ceremony, one of them said to the other, “I don’t feel love for you anymore.”  The other spouse burst into tears. How isContinue reading “When a heart grows cold – Ezekiel 35-36, Part 1”

When someone close to you wanders away – Ezekiel 15 & 16, Part 1

My college roommate was best man in my wedding.  We were very close. After graduating from college, we even worked together for a few years.  Then he asked me to be his best man.  On the one hand I was elated, but on the other hand, my wife and were very concerned about his relationship withContinue reading “When someone close to you wanders away – Ezekiel 15 & 16, Part 1”

God’s surprising response to idolatry in the heart – Ezekiel 14, Part 2

Have you had a person in your life who screws you over, hurts you, chooses to barely ever talk to you, and yet when they need money, they are so bold to come ask for your help?  They haven’t had anything like a good relationship with you for a long time, and suddenly they appearContinue reading “God’s surprising response to idolatry in the heart – Ezekiel 14, Part 2”

Are You Gaslighting God? – Ezekiel 8, 9 and 10, Part 4

Friends of mine have been struggling with a family member who is accusing my friends of not loving the family member. (I’m purposefully avoided gendered pronouns to preserve confidentiality.) What you need to know is that my friends’ family member committed adultery, thus damaging a relationship with another member of the family. That act ofContinue reading “Are You Gaslighting God? – Ezekiel 8, 9 and 10, Part 4”

Is God a frustrated lover? – Ezekiel 7, Part 2

Have you ever experienced the frustration of loving someone who isn’t loving you back? It is a common human relational reality. Spouses that are scorned or betrayed. Kids neglecting their parents, and parents neglecting their kids. Friends that don’t care when you are struggling. Have you ever considered that God might feel like that? InContinue reading “Is God a frustrated lover? – Ezekiel 7, Part 2”

How a prophetic word can change your life (and the world) – Intro to Ezekiel, Part 5

I am excited to start studying this prophetic book of Ezekiel.  Prophets are often conceived of people who predict the future.  They seem glamorous.  They hear from God.  What I have come to learn, and this is only bolstered by my introductory studies of Ezekiel, is that the prophetic life is not glamorous, and itContinue reading “How a prophetic word can change your life (and the world) – Intro to Ezekiel, Part 5”

How to show hospitality – Colossians 4:7-18, Part 2

Editor’s Note: This week I welcome David Hundert on the blog. David is an MDiv student and member of Faith Church. He preaches for me 3-4 times each year when I am away, and this past week I was my denomination’s national conference. Thank you, David! Is hospitality just for hotels, restaurants, spas…or hospitals? CanContinue reading “How to show hospitality – Colossians 4:7-18, Part 2”

How to encourage one another – Colossians 4:7-18, Part 1

Editor’s Note: This week I welcome David Hundert on the blog. David is an MDiv student and member of Faith Church. He preaches for me 3-4 times each year when I am away, and this past week I was my denomination’s national conference. Thank you, David! There is a story of a young man whoContinue reading “How to encourage one another – Colossians 4:7-18, Part 1”