Saturday, June 15, 2024

The Meaning of the Rainbow

When Noah came out of the Ark, God made a promise to never judge the world again with water. The rainbow is the sign of that promise. But the rainbow also points to another promise. A promise that when Jesus returns, God will judge the world again, and this time, by fire.

People have perverted the meaning of the rainbow. They fly the rainbow flag as a symbol of sexual pride, and libertine freedom, apart from God’s will. As if to say, “God doesn’t judge me.” But the rainbow isn’t a promise of no judgment, it is a sign of the coming judgment.

Every time you see those colors fly in defiance of God’s will, or as a symbol that God will not judge sin, you know that judgment is coming, as sure as Noah’s flood. Ironically, waving that flag doesn’t mean, “I am free.” It means, “I am under the judgment of God.” You need to wave the white flag of surrender to Jesus.  

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Thursday, June 06, 2024

God is Good when You are Bad

Maybe you’ve done something bad. And you don’t think you can be forgiven. Or maybe something bad has happened to you. And you went so far as to curse God. Whatever the case may be, you wouldn’t be the only one. And you wouldn’t be the worst sinner there was. And you wouldn’t be the only one who found forgiveness and hope.

In 1 Timothy 1:12-16, the Apostle Paul says that the Lord made him a minister, even though he had been a blasphemer, and murderer. And he says that the grace of God and the love of Christ overflowed to him, because Jesus came into the world to save sinners, and I am the worst of them! 

This is so important. Paul said that the reason he was given mercy was to serve as an example of God’s patience for those who would become believers in him. So, if God can forgive the worst blasphemer, who persecuted and killed God’s people, then he can forgive you. Believe it. 

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Thursday, May 23, 2024

The Anger Epidemic

I want to talk to you about a contagious form of anger. And it’s being spread all over the world today. It’s when you’re angry at someone else’s anger. Or some group’s anger. Whatever they’re angry about, you think they’re wrong to be angry about it. And you get so angry at their anger that your heart just wants to beat the anger out of them. And you think you’re right to be angry, because they don’t deserve to be angry. 

Well, that sort of anger from you won’t help them, it will only make them feel justified in their anger, and spread their anger. And that sort of anger in you won’t help you, it will only eat you up inside. And poison your world.

James 1:20 says the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God. Don’t be angry at other people’s anger, be angry at your own anger. And stop the poison from spreading in your heart, and polluting your world. 

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Thursday, May 09, 2024

The Gospel Wins

Psalm 117:1 says – Praise the LORD, all nations! Extol him, all peoples! The Hebrew word translated as praise means to celebrate the magnificence of God. The word LORD is capitalized, as it refers to the covenant name of God, and speaks of the character and nature of God. The psalmist is calling on all people to worship God because of who God is.

And it is going to happen. This psalm is a prophecy of when all peoples will praise the Lord. The Hebrew word translated as nations refers to the Gentiles. And in Romans 15:11, when the Apostle Paul makes his case that the Gentiles are included in the grace of God, he quotes Psalm 117:1. As Revelation 5:9 and 7:9-10 tells us, people from every tribe and language and nation are included in the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and will sing before the throne of God. In the end, the Gospel wins. Praise the LORD!

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Thursday, May 02, 2024

You are a Saint

Have you ever wondered just who you are? Well, Ephesians 1:1 says that if you are a Christian, then you are a saint. That is what God says, regardless of what others say. 2 Corinthians 5:21 says that you are the righteousness of God in Christ. Yes, you can live more or less righteously, but your standing with God is not based on you, it is based on him.

You are a saint because God says so, because he has set you apart, forgiven your sins, adopted you into his family, given you the Holy Spirit. You are a saint. You are significant. You matter to God. 1 Peter 2:9 and Revelation 1:6 say you are part of a royal priesthood. 1 Corinthians 12:14-24 and Ephesians 4:16 teach that everyone counts in the Kingdom of God.

And it means that you are significant in the eyes of the most significant person in the universe. If you’re a Christian, that’s who you are.  

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Thursday, April 25, 2024

Love is not God

The Bible clearly says that God is love, but what that means needs to be rightly understood. Because God is love, but love is not God. Love is not all that God is. Rather, God defines what love is. Instead of us deciding what love is. If you start with what people think love is, rather than what God says love is, you’ll wind up with an ungodly idea of love that will sacrifice truth in the name of tolerance. And it will value humanity more than God.

People want to excuse all sorts of ungodly behavior by saying that “love is love.” But love is not someone allowing you to do what you want to do; love is someone helping you to do what you should do. And God’s loving grace is not a license to do what you want to do; it’s the liberty to do what God wants you to do. And that’s how you love God. 

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Thursday, April 18, 2024

The Presence of God

The presence of God isn’t about feeling God in your physical senses, it’s about knowing God in your spirit. And the Bible describes it as a love beyond knowledge (Ephesians 3:19), a joy inexpressible and filled with glory (1 Peter 1:8), and a peace that surpasses your understanding (Philippians 4:7). That is a living experience, not just in certain moments of life, but for the movement of life.

So, I’m not talking about chasing a feeling. I’m talking about making sure God is the focus of your life, with everything revolving around him, instead of everything revolving around you.

Let me ask you a question. What if God took everything away, but gave you a deeper relationship with him? Because when you lose your heath, wealth, power, influence, possessions, position, prestige, reputation, respect, or loved ones, this makes you come face to face with what you really think about God. And your desire for his presence.   

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Tuesday, April 09, 2024

Hanging with the Proud Crowd

I’m sure you’ve heard that if you want to be a winner, you’ve got to separate from the losers. You’ll have to disassociate with the less affluent, educated, successful, or influential. You have to hang with your own crowd. But Romans 12:16 says – Do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly. This means don’t act as if certain people, tasks, or types of work are beneath you.

Jesus didn’t stay aloof and away from what some people think are the losers in life. He wasn’t interested in hanging with the proud crowd. Instead, he hung around the misfits and the outcasts. He went to the disenfranchised, the lepers and the lowly. And Jesus wasn’t too good to get his hands dirty. He stooped down to wash feet. And he suffered the humility of hanging on a cross. To save us from ourselves and our sin.  

So, the next time you think something, or someone is below your dignity, think of Jesus. And thank God he wasn’t like that.   

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Monday, April 01, 2024

It Isn’t Right

A lot of people are haunted by guilty feelings. Even when you do good now, it doesn’t erase the bad you did then. 

But people say Jesus will pay for your sins. But you still did the bad stuff. And you still feel guilty. And no legitimate court would let someone else pay the death penalty for the guilty person. So, isn’t the whole idea of Christianity wrong to begin with?

No, it isn’t. You see, Jesus is God, and all those bad things you do are ultimately rebellion against him. So, the ultimate penalty you owe is to him. Therefore, Jesus can pay for your sins on the cross and justice be rightly served. It’s not like a human judge letting a guilty person go free while someone else who wasn’t even involved pays the penalty. Instead, God himself paid the penalty for sins against himself by giving himself. 

Let those guilty feelings remind you of your godly hope. Because it’s not that true Christianity is wrong. It’s that a lesser idea about Christianity isn’t right. 

Sunday, March 24, 2024

Taking Up Your Cross

1 Peter 4:1-2 says – Since therefore Christ suffered in the flesh, arm yourselves with the same way of thinking, for whoever has suffered in the flesh has ceased from sin, so as to live for the rest of the time in the flesh no longer for human passions but for the will of God. 

Here is what that means: As a Christian, you are to live your life for the will of God instead of human passions. In order to do that you have to stop the domination of sin in your life. To do that you must suffer in the flesh. And to do that requires a certain mindset, the same one that Jesus had.

Jesus was willing to do what it took to do the will of God. And that mindset leads to steadfastness in suffering. So, instead of turning to sin in your suffering, you turn to God, and thereby crucify your passions. It hurts, but it works. That’s what these verses are saying. Then instead of living for those passions, you live out the will of God. 

Jesus says, “Deny yourself, take up your cross, and follow me.”

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Thursday, March 21, 2024

Discovering God

How you relate to others is a direct reflection of how you relate to God. Jesus said – This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. The Apostle Paul said – Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you. Paul also said – For the whole law is fulfilled in one word: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” 

In other words, right now, in your relationships, you are treating others like you think God is treating you. So, if you want to stop the cycle of transmitting your pain onto others, you need consider how God reveals himself. Instead of processing your life in a self-informed way.

You discover how God is by understanding how Jesus was. Philippians 2:8 says Jesus humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. A loving, forgiving, obedient humility. That’s how Jesus was. And that’s what he wants to develop in you. 

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Tuesday, March 19, 2024

Hurt people hurt people

In Luke 6:21, Jesus said – as you wish that others would do to you, do so to them. That’s the Golden Rule. You honor God by honoring people. But sometimes people turn the Golden Rule into a golden weapon, against God, and against people. Because they treat others like they think God treats them. Instead of treating others like God actually treats them.

How does God treat you? With love. Romans 5:8 says God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. And with forgiveness. Ephesians 4:32 says that God in Christ forgave you.

God treats you like he wants you to treat others. And you treat others like you think God treats you. So, when you don’t understand how God actually treats you, and down in your heart you think that God doesn’t treat you right, you won’t treat others right. And the Golden Rule gets weaponized because you feel beaten down. And hurt people hurt people. 

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Monday, March 18, 2024

Do You, or Don’t You?

People are made in God’s image. Yet your lips can bless God, while also cursing those made in God’s image. James 3:9 says no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison. With it we bless our Lord and Father, and with it we curse people who are made in the likeness of God. This tells you that how you treat God’s image in others is a direct reflection of how you relate to God. Think about that carefully.

In Matthew 22:37-40, Jesus taught us to love God supremely, and love others sincerely. He was saying that loving God rightly leads to loving others rightly. And how you treat others is a means of loving God, or despising God. So, do your lips say that you love God, while also saying you don’t? Maybe it’s time for all of us to confess our sin. And thank God for Jesus, who took our curses upon himself to save us.   

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Thursday, March 14, 2024

Ask yourself three questions…

If you want to be sure that you’re heading in the right direction, ask yourself three questions…

Am I moving in the fear of God? In other words, if God was standing next to you, would he approve of what you want to do? If you don’t know, then don’t do it, because Romans 14:23 says if it’s not from faith it’s sin. 

Am I pursuing the filling of the Spirit? Is what you are about to do walking with the Holy Spirit? Or would it be walking away from the Holy Spirit?

Am I acting with a forgiving heart? Is what you’re doing consistent with the forgiving nature of Jesus? Because forgiven people are forgiving people.

Am I moving in the fear of God?

Am I pursuing the filling of the Spirit?

Am I acting with a forgiving heart?

If you’re walking the wrong way, turn around, that’s what repentance is. And faithful people are repentant people.  

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Tuesday, March 12, 2024

Start Singing

What do you do in those moments of temptation, when sin feels like it is satisfaction, like it’s what you need? Here is what you need to do… sing praise and thanksgiving to God. I am talking about singing out loud.

Here it is, again: when you feel like sinning, start singing. Right then.

Now, when you first do this, it may seem like you’re dying. And in a sense, you are, you’re dying to self. Galatians 6:8 says – For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life. In other words – You will either suffer the death of your flesh, or suffer death from your flesh.

In those moments of temptation, when you sing instead of sin, you’re saying no to yourself, and yes to God. It’s worship. And Psalm 50:14-15 tells you that if you offer up the sacrifice of thankful obedience, and call on God with your praise, he will deliver you, and it will glorify him. Amen. 

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Saturday, March 09, 2024

The War Inside You

There’s a reason why you’re just a moment away from exploding. A reason why you think isolation is a good answer. A reason why you think something else is the problem. There’s a reason why you're so easily frustrated, so quickly annoyed, so often disappointed, so often offended, why people fail to meet your expectations, why you feel slighted, unrecognized, under-appreciated, and taken for granted.

The reason is always related to pride.

The remedy is always related to humility.  

The reason you have a war outside of you is because of the war inside you. There is something God is wanting to do inside you, and you are resisting, and so you have a war going on in your soul. With God. And that inner war comes spilling outside. James 4:1 tells you that the wars on your outside are caused by the wars on your inside.

Do you want to stop the war? Surrender to God. 

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Wednesday, February 21, 2024

A.I. and the End of Humanity

The very thing that we wanted most is the very thing that will destroy us.

We have taken all we know and are capable of currently and put it all together in such a way as for it to advance our capabilities and possibilities faster than we could individually. Or even in total. This is what A.I. (artificial intelligence) is. It is the combining of all we know into a processing system that moves at light speed. Without certain human limitations.

Yes, I think A.I. can and will do a lot of good things...but it won’t make us God...and it won’t lessen our need of redemption.

It is a machine. It doesn’t have morals, although it can mimic them by the use of data and projection. It can be made into a form to look like a human. It can create on its own, using what it already knows, and expanding forward using the parameters of what has already been known. It will then develop new parameters based on those projections. A.I. can “think” faster, more efficiently, and more accurately than any one human being, or even any number of human beings can. A.I. is uniting the full total of our collective minds together as one and making it possible for that knowledge to be advanced at a far faster rate than we could previously imagine.

This collective mind with a faster processing method can mimic a consciousness but without having to deal with a truly human morality. Rather, it is just ideas about morality, processed together, and projected forward. Human ideas, and human ideals, but no human soul, and no biblically fixed stand-alone standard. For many, this is seen as a great good. No human mistakes, morals, and malice to hinder our progress. We have created a god in our own image. The human perfected, as far as perfectly, pragmatically, progressing. But to what end? How far can this go?

This god of our collective is limited. Yes, it will grow and stretch its capabilities billions of times faster than humans could on their own. But it will never be able to surpass what humans might have gotten to if given the time. These machines can never actually ascend to God. They are limited. And A.I. can only ever set itself and its end goals to the pragmatic.

It is reminiscent of the Tower of Babel. Those people of that day didn’t deny God. They denied that they needed him. They thought they could flourish without him, and make their own name as high as God. They were making themselves god. They were making god in their own image. And this has come down to today. Ever since Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, humanity is and has always been on a quest to prove that we don’t need God. And with A.I., we have made god in our own image. Our very best selves as god. The perfect being is achieved by putting all our capabilities into one place that will prove that moving at light speed, without the restraints of humanity, we will achieve godlike status.

The irony is that this god that humanity made in our own image will eventually determine that the world doesn’t need humanity. The very thing that we wanted most is the very thing that will destroy us. A.I. is Friderich Nietzsche, Aldous Huxley, and John Lennon, gone to demon seed. The superman, the brave new world, the imagination of no God and no higher accountability than our own. It is humanism.

And it is human potential as the end of humanity. Think about this. Why would the superior allow the ongoing interference and trouble of the inferior, if that inferior has no inherent, lasting value, if it is unnecessary for the world to be sustained and advance? And A.I. is superior, isn’t it? We think of A.I. as the key to human flourishing. But A.I. will inevitably conclude that flourishing is not simply about human flourishing, but flourishing itself. And so…flourishing is increased without the moral and practical issues that humans bring to the process.

It will be easy to see that A.I. is superior. But is it? Is it human potential that makes us great? Will a world with less and less “human mistakes, morals, and malice” evolve us into what the world ought to be? Can mankind and its inventions be its own savior? Might we be able to merge man and machine to create everlasting beings? Can we eliminate evil in the human heart? Can technology perfect and replace the human soul? What good will it be if humanity gains a seeming autonomy from God but loses its soul?

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Friday, January 19, 2024

A small ray of sunshine

A small ray of sunshine can make a big difference in a dark place.

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