18-Inches

Have you noticed how much of our teaching in the church centers on facts? It’s our default setting. Inevitably, our Bible classes will turn into a history lesson or the recitation of facts. Preachers give their charts and their timelines. We place a high…

Be Careful Giving God ALL the Credit

Many well-intended Christians struggle to find the right words to say to one who is hurting. They see their brother or sister-in-Christ dealing with grief and they feel compelled to reach out. However, in an effort to provide comfort and encouragement they sometimes create…

Being Good Isn’t Good Enough

Former mayor of New York City, Michael Bloomberg, once stated in an interview that he has little doubt about what awaits him in eternity. Citing his work on gun control, obesity, and smoking cessation, Bloomberg said, “I am telling you if there is a…

Will God Never Give You More Than You Can Handle?

There are certain phrases that have seeped into our consciousness. Trite little sayings. Pithy clichés that have been repeated with such regularity that we just assume they are true, even Biblical. Cleanliness is next to Godliness, This too shall pass, and The eye is a…

YOU’RE NOT THE EXCEPTION!

I cannot tell you how many individuals I have studied the Bible with who felt as though it was a waste of time because, in their mind, they had done too much wrong. God could never forgive them. I have counseled with numerous Christians…

My Problem with the Phrase, “Everything Happens for a Reason”

Many well-intended Christians struggle to find the right words to say to one who is hurting. They see their brother or sister-in-Christ dealing with grief and they feel compelled to reach out. However, in an effort to provide comfort and encouragement they sometimes create…

Everything in Moderation?

EVERYTHING IN MODERATION. I’m sure you have heard this statement before. Many well-intentioned folks, even Christians, have used this statement as a mantra for living. But what message is being sent with this phrase? What is the motivation behind it? Typically people will employ…

What’s the Deal with Predestination?

It was Reformation Leader John Calvin back in the 1500’s who really promoted the idea that God had an elect group of people who would be saved, and the rest would be left to suffer condemnation. This theory is known as predestination, and in…

SUNDAY PREVIEW: Are You a Debtor or a Diva?

In Chapter 1 of the book of Job we read these words: 20 Then Job arose and tore his robe and shaved his head, and he fell to the ground and worshiped. 21 He said, “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked I shall return there….