1. What Was Meant For Evil, God Uses For Good
    12 Nov, 2018
    What Was Meant For Evil, God Uses For Good
    As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good, to bring it about that many people should be kept alive, as they are today.  Genesis 50:20   My kids and I have recently watched a show that reveals how certain magic tricks are done. We watched with great fascination at the secrets behind famous magic tricks . . . like putting a person in a box, supposedly sawing that person in half, and then showing how the person is actually safe and unharmed. Before the big reveal
  2. In the Beginning, God
    27 Apr, 2018
    In the Beginning, God
    In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.  Genesis 1:1  In his book, Sex and Money, Paul David Tripp states, "Your Bible begins with these four words: 'In the beginning God,' and with those four words everything in life is given shape, purpose, and meaning." The more I process that statement, the more I realize just how profound it is. When we think about what shapes our reality, what gives us purpose, what gives our lives meaning, do we start with God? After all, in the
  3. Blameshifting
    09 Mar, 2018
    Blameshifting
    And they heard the sound of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God among the trees of the garden.  But the LORD God called to the man and said to him, "Where are you?"  And he said, "I heard the sound of you in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked, and I hid myself."  He said, "Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten of the tree of which I commanded you not to eat?"  The man said,
  4. Good News for Lingerers
    09 Jan, 2018
    Good News for Lingerers
    As morning dawned, the angels urged Lot, saying, "Up! Take your wife and your two daughters who are here, lest you be swept away in the punishment of the city."  But he lingered. So the men seized him and his wife and his two daughters by the hand, the LORD being merciful to him, and they brought him out and set him outside the city.  Genesis 19:15-16 Imagine being visited by literal angels from heaven.  These angels tell you that if you don't leave the city now, you will be annihilated along
  5. Blame Shifting and the Gospel
    27 Sep, 2017
    Blame Shifting and the Gospel
    But the LORD God called to the man and said to him, "Where are you?"  And he said, "I heard the sound of you in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked, and I hid myself."  He said, "Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten of the tree of which I commanded you not to eat?"  The man said, "The woman whom you gave to be with me, she gave me fruit of the tree, and I ate."  Then the LORD God said to the woman, "What is this that you have done?" The woman said, "The serpent deceived
  6. Sin is Crouching at Your Door
    23 Jan, 2017
    Sin is Crouching at Your Door
    If you do well, will you not be accepted? And if you do not do well, sin is crouching at the door. Its desire is for you, but you must rule over it.  Genesis 4:7 The tragic account of Cain and Abel is a powerful reminder of what sin can do to us. Cain kills his own brother because sin had its way in him. But Cain was given a warning by God before the murder occurred. God told Cain that sin was crouching at the door. He told Cain that sin desired is to have him, but he must rule over it.  Of