Free to Come to The Father


"Therefore, brothers, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus"  Hebrews 10:19 I think see our relationship with God like this: Imagine the president of the United States is in the oval office. The Secretary of State is setting in a high back chair across from him. In … Continue reading Free to Come to The Father

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Jesus Became One of Us


Philippians 2:6-7 (NIV) 6  Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, 7  but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness.   In 1995 Joan Osborne released a song, that at the time caused many Christians to question it … Continue reading Jesus Became One of Us

Poured Out For Our Sake


Philippians 2:7 (NIV) 7  but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness.   How can God, who is perfect, without sin, and unable to even be in the presence of sin.  After all, when we look at it in the description of light and darkness it becomes … Continue reading Poured Out For Our Sake

Jesus, The Nature of God


Philippians 2:6-7 (NIV) 6  Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, 7  but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. John begins his Gospel, not with the story of Jesus’ birth, but before the beginning of time, with … Continue reading Jesus, The Nature of God

Jesus Welcomed the Outsiders


Jesus was born to show that God is open to accepting the outsiders in our world. He was born an outsider of sorts, in his time. His mother was impregnated by the Holy Spirit, and so no one in society would have seen this family as normal. In fact, we are told, in Matthew 1:18-25, … Continue reading Jesus Welcomed the Outsiders

Foreigners and Outsiders Welcome


Matthew 2:1-12 Wise men, or Magi, from the east came to find the new born Christ child. Why did they come? They came because the “Heavens declare the glories of God” (Psalms 19:1), and they were of likely of the Persian scholars or wise men of the time. They studied the stars and likely recognized … Continue reading Foreigners and Outsiders Welcome

God’s Merciful Promise


"Then Noah built an altar to the LORD and, taking some of all the clean animals and clean birds, he sacrificed burnt offerings on it.  The LORD smelled the pleasing aroma and said in his heart: "Never again will I curse the ground because of man, even though every inclination of his heart is evil … Continue reading God’s Merciful Promise

Being Wise With The Treasure of God


Luke 16:1-13 How can Jesus use a parable about such dishonest business man? We may read this and wonder about this. Think about this for a moment. We wouldn’t want a man who cut the growth of our wealth to gain personal favor working for us. Most of us would be preparing litigation to sue … Continue reading Being Wise With The Treasure of God

Good Managers of God’s Treasure


Mt. 25:14-30              C.S. Lewis writes in The Weight of Glory , “like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at sea, we are far too easily pleased.”1 God has entrusted to us a great … Continue reading Good Managers of God’s Treasure

Peace in Life’s Storm


Over the years of my life I have watched many good friends deal with sickness of loved ones, the loss of jobs, families torn apart by the effects of substance abuse, and the seemingly hopelessness of depression.  I have in my own life been effected by many of these same issues.  We all have to … Continue reading Peace in Life’s Storm