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On Elections, Faith and Politics: Thoughts on Tuesdays elections

Early voting has ended in the midterm elections and Election Day is Tuesday. Many in America see it as a turning point, there is much at stake. Locally, we have a big fight brewing. Ted Cruz is defending his senate seat from challenger Beto O’Rourke. You might have heard of him. I already decided almost […]


The Duggars, Servants, and Our Post-Modern World

I don’t watch the Duggars and don’t have an opinion on them other than holding the opinion that you shouldn’t be taking about “God’s Will” in relation to family size unless you are actually raising a baby the way we were naturally designed to do, which is extended and on demand nursing and weaning between […]


Atheists, Cessationists, and What they Have in Common

Atheists and cessationists are those who hold two very different belief systems. One says that there is no God, the other believes in God and Christ as Lord, so what could they have in common? Definitions First, let’s define our terms: Atheist: An atheist is one that believes that there is no God. Buddhism is […]


Should Christians Celebrate Christmas? On the Biblical Basis for Christmas

Thanksgiving is over and Christmas is coming. But along with the Christmas season, come those who criticize and bash it. It is easy to respond to attacks from atheists and Christian cults such as the Jehovah Witnesses that don’t believe anything should be celebrated; however, often Christians have a hard time responding to those […]


Supernatural Book Review

We know of the Bible as the story of God’s plan of salvation for mankind. From the first page to the last, we see that he had the end in mind from the very beginning. However, most of the time we see just two parties to the story: the Triune God and mankind, those inhabitants […]


The Voice of God, the Man of God and the Prophet

There is an interesting passage in the book of 1 Kings about the true voice of God, a man of God, and a prophet. It was the in time of the divided kingdom, Jeroboam was the first king of the northern nation of Israel after the people had revolted against Solomon’s successor, Rehoboam (over taxes . . . Go figure.) (1 Kings 12:6-17)


Are You “Spiritual,” Not Religious?

You hear people often say, “I’m spiritual, not religious.” The Roseburg shooter who targeted Christians in his shooting rampage at Umpqua Community College last October identified himself this way. 1Michael E. Miller and Yanan Wang. Ore. shooter left behind online portrait of a loner with a grudge against religion. The Washington Post. Published October 2, […]


On the New Year, Resolutions, and New Starts

As I looked over my Facebook feed for the first time in 2016, I saw a number with good intentions and many with much self-determination. Advice on how to make your goals, “set your intentions,” and make this first day of 2016 the first day of a new you. It made me realize that the desire for something new is something that God has placed in our hearts. It is part of our makeup, coded into our very cells and innermost desires, that we want and need a fresh start. That desire, that yearning,...


RTW 028 - Ash Wednesday, Good Friday, Easter Eggs and Maundy Thursday: Where Did Our Easter Traditions Come from?

For the past several days, I've been compiling information on local services for Easter and Holy Week. Aside from the Easter and Christmas Christians, there really are people out there that don't have a church they would feel comfortable walking into if they felt so led. This was my little contribution by removing one excuse from the equation.


Jehovah Nissi – Our Daily Deliverer

This past week was my turn to teach the lesson in the third grade Sunday school class and the lesson was on Daniel in the lion's den. (Daniel 6) Each week over the summer, the lessons have focused on a different aspect of God. God is Holy. God is Omniscient. God is Omnipotent - Shadrach, Meschach, and Abendego in the fiery furnace. God protects me - (Daniel in the lion's den)


Shavout & Pentecost: A Celebration of God’s Faithfulness

Do you know what today is? It is the day of Pentecost. The anniversary of the beginning of the church and the day the Holy Spirit came upon the disciples waiting for commissioning in Jerusalem. After Jesus rose on the third day after his crucifiction, he appeared to his disciples and others, explaining many of the Scriptures for the next 37 days. Forty days after Passover, he ascended into heaven. Before he did, he told them to preach the Gospel to all nations, but before they went, they...


The Fragrance of the Father’s Heart

Are there certain smells that you associate with specific people? The smell of Old Spice always reminds me of my dad. He wore it for years and it was one of my go-to gifts for him for a long time. Peppermint reminds me of my grandma because she would always give us a peppermint lozenge when she had her coffee. It was a special thing. As I mentioned in other posts on detecting scents in the spirit, I try to make a note of what I experience, when it happened, and what was going on. I try to...


Asking for More Than “Just”

As I scanned through my Facebook feed the other day, I came across a share from one of my pastors. It was a photo of a attendance sign at a church that He is currently on a missionary trip in South America. I guess, this struck a cord with him because apparently other cultures have trouble understanding our usage of the word "just."


Hearing God’s Voice : Thoughts & A Review of Discerning the Voice of God

Sunday, someone in my Bible Study asked me if I could pray for them this week. She was facing some decisions regarding her job situation. This is something we've discussed and prayed about several times over the past year. It's not a question of finding a job. She is very blessed in that it always seems that she has a variety of choices. The issue is "which" job is the right one for her. I guess it's been awhile since we discussed her job. She had started with a company that was a new...


What Does it Mean to Quench the Spirit?

Many of us are familiar with the verse, 1 Thessalonians 5:19, "Quench Not the Spirit;" however, not everyone will agree on what it means. There are a few guidelines one should follow when interpreting a passage of Scripture. The first guideline is to read it in context. Not only in the context of the entire passage, but also in the context of to whom it was written as well as when.


Fighting Discouragement & Why Little Things Matter

There was a smell and a sense of something that seemed to be moving throughout the room. I was at the Woodway Campus attending a class called Missio Dei, Mission of God. A ten week class, each week a featured speaker would share about the ministry they were involved in. Some were involved in international […]


What Was Esau Really After?

The passage in Genesis 33 is an interesting one. It is an account of Jacob's return to the land God promised to Abraham after sojourning with Laban for 20 years. (Gen 31:41) It seems to me that during all this time, up unto this point, Jacob was riding on the faith of his fathers. Yes, he had the experience at Bethel on his way to Paddan-Arm (Gen 28:5) where he would meet his wives and make his fortune where he saw God in a vision and the dream of the stairway to heaven. (Gen 28:10-15) God...


Passover: Promise and Deliverance

Passover is viewed differently by different people. If you are Jewish, it is one of the main holy feasts that is observed whether you are particularly observant or not. It is part of your cultural identity. If you are a Christian, it may be several things. You may know it from the Exodus story from Sunday School, or you may be familiar with it from how often it is a part of the account of Jesus's ministry in the New Testament. If you are into Biblical prophecy, both those fulfilled and those...


Saint Valentine and Standing Firm

It's Valentine's Day, and most of us are focusing on notes, sweets, and spending time with loved ones. But in looking at the root of the holiday, there is a deeper meaning and lessons to be learned. Like many of our holidays ("holy days,") Valentine's Day began as an observance on the church calendar marking the death of a saint, a believer who numbers among the "great cloud of witnesses" in Hebrews 12:1 that we can be encouraged by and take example from.


Love Notes on Facebook

Have you ever had times where you just know that God is talking to you through a series of events or messages? Sometimes I get that through Facebook. Sometimes different friends, all unconnected to each other, will post encouraging messages on the same topic in such a short period of time so that when I scroll down my feed, it is almost like one continuous stream.