Jesus’ life of scandal

    something that is shocking, upsetting, or unacceptable   Jesus began his life with scandal—a young girl impregnated by the Holy Spirit.                 Who’s going to ever believe that crazy story?   Not Joseph, the man she was betrothed to. Not her parents. Not her friends. Not the village elders. Or the gossips or… Read More

family tree

If you believe you may be embroiled in generational  sin, I recommend a book, Released to Soar, by physician Dr. Peter Boelens and his wife Eleanor. They have been practicing an amazing treatment for depression and anxiety–healing prayer that invites Christ into painful memories. Dr. Boelens recommends that you construct a family tree, including problem areas.… Read More

Sowing and reaping and reaping …

So the Lord sent Nathan the prophet to tell David this story: “There were two men in a certain town. One was rich, and one was poor. The rich man owned a great many sheep and cattle. The poor man owned nothing but one little lamb he had bought. He raised that little lamb, and it grew up… Read More

Ephesians 3:7-8 What’s your excuse?

What’s stopping you from doing God’s mission for you? When I read through Paul’s list of excuses, I was surprised at the similarity to mine. I had always thought of Paul as an extremely confident, know-it-all kind of guy, and here I was reading a list of his anxieties about himself–lots of excuses giving his… Read More

Ephesians 3:4-6 Come on in, ya’all!

The original non-discrimination clause.   Ephesians 3:4-6 (New Living Translation) As I briefly wrote earlier, God himself revealed his mysterious plan to me. As you read what I have written, you will understand my insight into this plan regarding Christ. God did not reveal it to previous generations, but now by his Spirit he has… Read More

Ephesians 2:18-22 Together, we are His house

I believe in God the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, and in Jesus Christ His only begotten Son. Who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended into Hell and on the third He rose again and ascended… Read More