A Garment of Perfect Love

One of my favorite verses on fear is 1 John 4:18, “There is no fear in love, but perfect love drives out fear, for fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love.” I love this phrase: “fear has to do with punishment.” We often see something that makes us feel afraid and we feel vulnerable. When you think about it, this all goes back to the Garden in Genesis. The first effect of the fall was a sense of nakedness. We feel vulnerable so we put on clothes; we put on a good […]

Arguing With God

God won’t take “no” for an answer. Most of us know the story. Moses was asked by God to be a deliverer for millions of Israelites. Among so many excuses that Moses gave the Lord, God wouldn’t take “no” for an answer. It’s amazing to me that God did not vent His anger at the amount of Moses’ negotiations. Rather, God continued to show him mercy. But it was a severe mercy. God didn’t snuff him out, but He did make things more difficult for him. God teamed up Moses with his brother Aaron in Exodus 4:14-16. “So the anger […]

God’s Weakness

A sudden descent. It really was. January 2017 forever changed my life. If you’re someone who has struggled with mental illness, perhaps you will benefit from my experience. If you’re someone who’s fortunate enough to never have travelled that path, I hope my story will shed light on the experience of friends and family members who have. I’ve struggled for months now wrestling with the idea of sharing this personal experience. Stick with me for a bit as I share about what occurred last January. On December 31 of 2016, I unknowingly tore part of the disc in my back […]

Poverty of Spirit = Happiness

In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus gives us several ways to be happy. Matthew 5 opens up with a string of, “Blessed are… the poor in spirit, the meek, the merciful, the peacemakers…” It is interesting that the Greek word for blessed is “makarios” which literally means “happy” (Makar is the Greek word for happy). Jews used the term to describe a person in the state of salvation, someone with the blessing and favor of God on their lives. “Seeing the crowds, he went up on the mountain and when he sat down, his disciples came to him. And […]

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