The Big “I” in Sin

There’s a reason the word “sin” has an “i” right smack in the middle—and a big “I” at that! Sin is all about me. When my world revolves around me, with me at the center of everything, sin is bound to result. It may not be anything you do wrong but it will at least be something you don’t do at all—sin of omission.

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Who’s More or Less Important Than You?

Is Warren Buffet more important than you? Is the homeless person you passed on the sidewalk less important than you? If the criteria for “importance” is money, status, etc., the instinctive answers may be “yes” to both questions. For God the answers to both are an emphatic “no.”

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Is the Lord Among Us or Not?

“What kind of question is that? It’s the question (Exodus 17:7) that the Israelites asked all the time as they wandered the desert for 40 years. It’s the question buried in the devil’s temptation of Jesus in his desert of 40 days. It’s the question that we ask as we wander the deserts in our own lives. There’s a consistent theme at play here—wandering and questioning. As long as we wander our deserts we will ask the same question—Is God really with us, if he’s real at all?—or simply stop asking because God is nothing to us.  Continue reading

Don’t Ask for Forgiveness if You Can’t Forgive!!!

I added the 3 exclamation points after my heading today for very intentional emphasis—Don’t ask for forgiveness if you can’t forgive!!! And I’m writing this not for you and others but for me. I’m preaching to myself this morning not to bother to ask God for forgiveness if I can’t forgive others. God is always less than a heartbeat away ready to forgive us, no matter what we do or don’t do to others. The question is do we dare to ask for forgiveness if we can’t forgive those around us. The answer is an emphatic “no!” Continue reading

Living Like a Shamrock Today and Everyday

Everyone knows the green and the beer—and the green beer—that has come to symbolize March 17th, St. Patrick’s Day. But don’t let the day go by without focusing on the real story behind the day. There is a St. Patrick’s Day because of a man who took it upon himself to bring God—Father, Son, and Spirit—to a lost people. He used a little shamrock, the simple three-leaf clover that grew everywhere, to convey the often-complex notion of God being three-in-one—Father, Son, and Spirit. It’s a life lesson for all of us, not just today but everyday! Continue reading

Cluttered Closets, Life, and God

Weird combination! I know. But life is like a closet that gets cluttered by accumulating “stuff” that you throw into it. Pretty soon the dysfunctional mess makes it hard to find anything in the closet. It’s just like life that we fill with a lot of junk, sometimes to the point where we lose sight of anything really important—starting with God. There’s nothing better than a good closet cleaning, throwing out the stuff we don’t need, to simply our lives. Continue reading

Your Plans; God’s Direction

I love this proverb from the Bible…

The human mind plans the way, but the Lord directs the steps. Proverbs 16:9

God gives us free will; we are not puppets performing at the end of his strings. We plan, plot, and project our future but it is God navigating—at least when we let him. I know this sounds at odds—we plan but God directs. So, where is the free will in all that? Continue reading