Keeping up with God – Ecclesiastes 11:1-12:8, Part 5

We recently had a snowstorm that blanketed our area with 8 inches of snow. Nothing massive, but given that we only got 5 inches total the entire previous winter, 8 inches felt like a lot. About 20 minutes away at my son and daughter-in-law’s house, the storm dropped 12 inches. As you traveled further northContinue reading “Keeping up with God – Ecclesiastes 11:1-12:8, 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”

No matter how bad it is, there is hope – Characters: Samson, Part 1

What gifts has God given you?  Sometimes we call them spiritual gifts.  Or it could be our personal abilities.  Our aptitudes. Things we are good at.  Could be working with our hands.  Thinking.  Art.  Communication.  Leading.  There are many such gifts. Have you ever wondered if you’re using those gifts the way God wants? OrContinue reading “No matter how bad it is, there is hope – Characters: Samson, Part 1”

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”

Impostors in the church – Jude 1-16, Part 2

Are you an impostor? Are there impostors in your church? In part 1 of this series on Jude 1-16, we talked about impostors, and in this next post we’re going to learn a whole lot more about them. In verse 2 Jude gives the Christians a customary short blessing featuring mercy, peace and love, allContinue reading “Impostors in the church – Jude 1-16, Part 2”

God’s love for me is determined by my behavior? [False ideas Christians believe about…God’s desires for Christians. Part 3]

How many of you have secretly wondered if we have sinned so badly that God actually doesn’t love you anymore? I remember when my grandmother was in hospice near the end of her life, and she had really struggled with anger, and with treating my grandfather with unkindness in those later years, in a momentContinue reading “God’s love for me is determined by my behavior? [False ideas Christians believe about…God’s desires for Christians. Part 3]”

3 reasons bad things happen [False ideas Christians believe about…God’s involvement in our lives. Part 2]

Does everything happen for a reason? Many people believe so, but as we discussed yesterday, sometimes things happen because of the kind of world we live. What do I mean by that? What kind of world do we live in? Our world demonstrates at least the following three tendencies that very much affect why thingsContinue reading “3 reasons bad things happen [False ideas Christians believe about…God’s involvement in our lives. Part 2]”

Love the sinner, hate the sin? [False ideas Christians believe about…Sin. Part 5]

Have you ever heard a Christian say, “love the sinner, hate the sin”?  We hear that all the time.  Maybe you’ve said it yourself. On the surface it sounds really good.  We should be a people that love others no matter who they are.  What could be wrong with that?  If that was all itContinue reading “Love the sinner, hate the sin? [False ideas Christians believe about…Sin. Part 5]”

All sins are the same? [False ideas Christians believe about…Sin. Part 3]

This week I’ve started a blog series that will run for 11 weeks, in which we are fact checking ideas that Christians believe that might be totally false or at least partially so. This week we are looking at ideas about sin. Check out the first posts here and here that introduce the series andContinue reading “All sins are the same? [False ideas Christians believe about…Sin. Part 3]”

Attempting to define sin [False ideas Christians believe about…Sin. Part 2]

What are some of the famous phrases that you have heard about sin?  Have you heard these phrases before? All sins are the same.  No sin is worse than any other.  Or it’s contrast, some sins are worse than others. Love the sinner, hate the sin. You might look at that list and think, “ButContinue reading “Attempting to define sin [False ideas Christians believe about…Sin. Part 2]”