1. Responding to the Hard Words of Jesus
    11 Sep, 2018
    Responding to the Hard Words of Jesus
    Jesus said to them, "If God were your Father, you would love me, for I came from God and I am here. I came not of my own accord, but he sent me.  Why do you not understand what I say? It is because you cannot bear to hear my word.  You are of your father the devil, and your will is to do your father's desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks out of his own character, for he is a liar and the father
  2. Loving God Means Hating Evil
    30 Apr, 2018
    Loving God Means Hating Evil
    O you who love the LORD, hate evil! He preserves the lives of his saints; he delivers them from the hand of the wicked.  Psalm 97:10 "We're all sinners saved by grace." "We all struggle with sin." "We're all broken." These are just a few phrases you might hear among Christians when someone is talking about sin. And I want you to know, my pastoral radar has started to go off sometimes when I hear them. Now, before I go any further in this pondering, allow me to say that none of the
  3. Fallen and Won't Get Up?
    13 Apr, 2018
    Fallen and Won't Get Up?
    "You shall say to them, Thus says the LORD: When men fall, do they not rise again? If one turns away, does he not return?  Why then has this people turned away in perpetual backsliding? They hold fast to deceit; they refuse to return."  Jeremiah 8:4-5 You might remember the Life Alert commercial from the 80s in which a woman on the floor says, "I've fallen, and I can't get up."  That commercial has been the brunt of many of joke. I'm not going to add one more joke to that list.  I will,
  4. Critiquing Our Criticism
    12 Mar, 2018
    Critiquing Our Criticism
    For John the Baptist has come eating no bread and drinking no wine, and you say, "He has a demon."  The Son of Man has come eating and drinking, and you say, "Look at him! A glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!" Luke 7:33 -34 Hi.  My name is Stuart Mizelle.  And I'm a recovering criticism addict. Just this weekend, I was browsing Facebook for a few minutes and lo and behold, I saw some posts that were wrong.  From deep within me I felt the overwhelming urge to jump
  5. Blameshifting
    09 Mar, 2018
    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,
  6. Dealing with Sin
    05 Mar, 2018
    Dealing with Sin
    Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.  Galatians 5:19 -21 I've been reading some troubling statistics lately. Approximately 64 percent, or two thirds, of men in the United States admit to viewing porn at