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When the Terrifying Call of God on Our Lives Seems Comically Cruel

When the Terrifying Call of God On Our Lives Seems Comically Cruel

Some stories are so bizarre that you can only respond with shock and unbelief. It breaks our categories and reinvents how we are supposed to think about God. It happens when we hear about a horrific event that is happening to someone. Then God interrupts… Continue Reading …

What Are You to Do When God Does Not Respond Like You Hoped?

What Are You to Do When God Does Not Respond Like You Hoped

Humans were created for worship; it’s part of our ontology—the nature of our being—as determined by our Creator. You will worship something. If you worship the living God in spirit and truth, you will be transformed into His likeness; if you worship any version of… Continue Reading …

Letter to God: I Need to Die; Will You Help Me?

Letter to God_ I Need to Die; Will You Help Me_

Paul said, “To live is Christ.” In four syllables, he explained why and what for his earthly existence. Apart from asking the Lord to regenerate you, you could not make a more life-transforming statement. Why was Paul living? Christ. What was his point of living?… Continue Reading …

God Is Not on Your Side: You’re on His Side, or You’re Not

God Is Not On Your Side_ You're On His Side, or You're Not

Imperfect people steward neither blessings nor trials well. As Martin Luther said, we are curved inward on ourselves, meaning that self-interest rather than God’s glory or others’ good is what generally rules us, causing us to respond poorly to virtually everything that happens to us.… Continue Reading …

How to Think about a God Who Permits Sin in Your Life

How to Think About a God Who Permits Sin In Your Life

How many ways are available from the Lord to help you grow up in Christ? Most folks would say things like the Bible, prayer, church, and close friends. They are correct. Those are four essential means of grace for maturing in Christlikeness. Here’s one more.… Continue Reading …

Why You Should Live in the Freedom of Knowing the Future

Why You Should Live in the Freedom of Knowing the Future

In God’s mind, your life is over. He sees the end from the beginning. The Lord stands outside of time—a macro view, looking inside your timeline, which has a start and end date, and He’s helping you navigate your journey. You’re not sure where you’re… Continue Reading …

Note to Those Who Are Angry with God for the Life They Have

A note to those who are angry with God for the life they have

Everybody is a victim. We all received a raw deal. Nobody comes into the world unscathed. And after we arrive, we are hurt by others. However, it’s our choice to be angry with God about the life we have or choose His plan to flip… Continue Reading …

When the Slave Battles His Master for Ultimate Control

When the Slave Battles His Master for Ultimate Control

Let’s talk about slavery. I’m not speaking about what happens around our world every day, or what went on in our country 150 years ago. I’m speaking to Christians who willingly came to Jesus and said, “I want to be your slave.” I’m talking about… Continue Reading …

If You Knew the Backstory Would It Make Any Difference?

The backstory is the story behind the story. There is always a backstory to every story. The story that you know is not all there is to what is happening to you. Behind every story, God is mysteriously working. How does not knowing the whole… Continue Reading …

What Does “All Things Work Together for Good” Really Mean?

A true story. Trouble came into my life. I hurt without mitigation. In time, the hurt was so bad that I didn’t care if God killed me. The burden was beyond my strength utterly. I began to despair of life. (2 Corinthians 1:8) Slightly Paraphrased.… Continue Reading …