Have you ever lost hope?

Have you ever lost hope? I paused after typing that question, thinking to myself, “Have I ever lost hope?”  There have certainly been difficult periods in life, and I know I have become very frustrated, very anxious, and very sad.  But I don’t know that I have lost hope, at least in the sense ofContinue reading “Have you ever lost hope?”

Practical ways to stay connected to God – Ezekiel 15 & 16, Part 5

What do we do to stay connected to God? First of all, we must spend time with him, getting to know him, hearing from him.  Too often Christians have said that to build a relationship with God, “Go to church on Sunday,” as if what happens in that building is what God really wants.  NotContinue reading “Practical ways to stay connected to God – Ezekiel 15 & 16, Part 5”

When you might not want God to talk to you – Ezekiel 14, Part 3

How would you describe your relationship with God? Close? Distant? In Ezekiel 14, verse 7, God describes the status of his relationship with his people.  He says that they separated themselves from him.  They chose to separate themselves from God, and they showed this choice by setting up idols in their hearts and putting theContinue reading “When you might not want God to talk to you – Ezekiel 14, Part 3”

Should we eliminate desire in our lives? – Ezekiel 14, Preview

Years ago, I remember listening to a new song thinking, “I don’t think I should be listening to this.  It doesn’t seem appropriate…but I’m not sure.”  Why was I concerned?  Because the song touched on themes that seemed to be getting really close to a line I knew I shouldn’t cross. I felt uncomfortable.  AtContinue reading “Should we eliminate desire in our lives? – Ezekiel 14, Preview”

Who is the authority in a world where we don’t know who to trust? – Ezekiel 13, Part 2

Do you watch the news or read articles online and wonder, “Who is right? Who can I trust?” If you’re like me, you’ve probably had conversations about Covid and treatment options, and your conversation partners were adamant about their views. But as you listened to them promoting one view or the other, you thought toContinue reading “Who is the authority in a world where we don’t know who to trust? – Ezekiel 13, Part 2”

Are you feeling frustrated waiting on God? – Ezekiel 12, Part 3

Does it seem like God is not keeping his promises? Maybe you wonder, for example, if Jesus is going to return, like he said he would. Or maybe you wonder when Jesus is going to return. Why is he taking so long? There are many teachings or promises in the Bible that we can wonderContinue reading “Are you feeling frustrated waiting on God? – Ezekiel 12, Part 3”

How rules can pollute your practice of following Jesus and what to do about it – Colossians 2:16-23, Part 5

Have you ever been in a workplace or school or volunteer group that has a rule in place, and a newcomer asks, “Why do you have that rule?” and you honestly can’t remember?  You’ve been following the rule for so long that you’ve forgotten why it was imposed in the first place!  It was wiseContinue reading “How rules can pollute your practice of following Jesus and what to do about it – Colossians 2:16-23, Part 5”

How to know if you a truly a follower of Jesus – Honest Advent Week 2, Part 2

I was recently talking with someone about their spiritual journey. They said that they grew up in a Christian family, and they didn’t remember having what some people call a “moment of decision,” which is a distinct memory of their willful choice to believe in and give their lives to Jesus. You might hear someContinue reading “How to know if you a truly a follower of Jesus – Honest Advent Week 2, Part 2”

Religion/Ritual bad, Relationship good? [False ideas Christians believe about…God’s desires for Christians. Part 2]

Is religion automatically bad?  Some Christians are very anti-religion because they feel it goes against the concept of relationship.  But does it?  Read James 1:26-27, and you’ll see James suggest that religion is not only a viable way to view our connection with God, but that God approves of religion that has a heart forContinue reading “Religion/Ritual bad, Relationship good? [False ideas Christians believe about…God’s desires for Christians. Part 2]”

Christianity is not a religion, it’s a relationship? [False ideas Christians believe about…God’s desires for Christians. Part 1]

What are God’s desires for Christians?  He just wants us to pray and read the Bible, right?  Well, actually there are a lot of ideas about what God wants his people to do.   Unfortunately not all the ideas are based in Scripture. In fact, some of the ideas that Christians use to guide their lives,Continue reading “Christianity is not a religion, it’s a relationship? [False ideas Christians believe about…God’s desires for Christians. Part 1]”