Is That Really in There? (When the Bible Strikes Your Funny Bone)
Have you ever been reading your Bible and found yourself laughing? At least, do you sometimes shake your head as you ponder the amazing things that are said matter-of-factly? In this post, Keith shares with us that when he gets a chuckle at occasional stories in the Bible, it reminds him of how real God’s sense of humor is. Are you ever surprised by God’s humor?
Weathering the Storms of Life (Matthew 7:24-29)
It’s a well-established fact that no matter who you are or what kind of life you live, storms will come. For some of us, the storm is already here, banging on the door like an angry criminal. The question is not “will storms come in our lives?”, the question is, “how do we survive when they do?”Jesus told a powerful story about life and storms. In Matthew 7:24-29 he made pointed comments about the lives of a wise homebuilder and a foolish one.
Does the Bible Teach that Respect is Earned or Freely Given?
I believed that I didn’t have any obligation to show respect to someone unless they earned it. Our culture agreed with me: we respect people who are inspiring, possess admirable talents or reach respect-worthy positions in the public eye. But what if people don’t have to earn our respect?
My Mom, the Peacemaker
Our greatest example of a peacemaker is Jesus. Isaiah 53:5 says, "But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed." Jesus comes and gives everything, just like my mom did for my aunt.
Jesus Forgave the Adulterous Woman, and He Forgives Us Too
One of the most famous stories in the Bible is of a woman found in the act of adultery, who was brought before Jesus by the Pharisees. It is a beautiful story of forgiveness and mercy when guilty of sin. The account is in John 8:3-11.
The Epic Story of the Bible, Part 1: Genesis ; Creation and the Fall
The Bible may not be what you think it is. It is not a shabby collection of half truths, myths and contradictions that have no purpose. The Bible is filled with characters who do not just point to themselves, but point to Christ. Genesis shows us the God of wonder, our need for a Savior and our God of love through the story of creation, Adam and Eve, and the fall of humanity.