More Than You Can Handle

1 Corinthians 10:1-13 I've spent a lot of time cringing from a phrase Christians have spoken to each other for as long as anyone can remember: "God won't give you more than you can handle." I struggled with this phrase because there were long stretches when my depression seemed like it was more than I... Continue Reading →

A Gracious Credit

Romans 4:1-12 A popular meme floating around social media states: "I've ordered a chicken and an egg from Amazon. I'll keep you posted." In faith circles, our chicken-or-egg debate rages around when exactly a person experiences salvation. Is it before or after we are baptized? Is it before or after we step away from all... Continue Reading →

A House Deserted

Matthew 23:37-39 If you have time, I would encourage you to go back and read Matthew 23 in its entirety. Then, go back and read Matthew 5:1-12. If you don't have time, please allow me to offer these brief summaries: Matthew 23: Jesus is speaking to the Pharisees and Sadducees and offers extremely harsh words... Continue Reading →

Holy Living

Philippians 3:17-20 Being Methodist, I practice a Wesleyan tradition of the Christian faith. Part of this calls for "Holy Living". While we acknowledge (as we did in yesterday's study) that our salvation isn't tied to our good behavior or right-living, we also know that our relationship with Christ does not give us the license to... Continue Reading →

Rules vs. Salvation

Philippians 3:2-12 Salvation is not dependent upon how closely we can follow lists of rules and commands; yet, most of us Christians fall into the trap of describing faith in moralistic terms (if you're good enough, you'll get into heaven). I know that I am certainly guilty of allowing my walk with Christ to be... Continue Reading →

Dull Hearts: A Warning

Luke 21:34-22:6 Judas. A name to be spoken under the crushing weight of looming shadows. Judas is up to no good. When we hear his name spoken, we cringe a bit. Because we know that what will follow will be trouble. We've been given the spoilers and we know that he turns out to be... Continue Reading →

Renewal

Zechariah 3:1-10 It's amazing how God uses the unlikely to carry out God's plans. David was just a boy when he stepped forward to slay Goliath, the giant of a man who had trained soldiers quivering. In Zechariah we see Joshua being called into a priestly service someone of his age would have long ago... Continue Reading →

Of Sins and Penalties

1 Chronicles 21:1-17 and 1 John 2:1-6 Three children stood before their mother, a broken bead necklace dangling from her hand. The necklace wasn't expensive by any means, but it represented an immeasurable wealth of sentimental value. The two little girls were infatuated with the bead jewelry their mother had purchased as a teenager from... Continue Reading →

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