The Lord of All Storms

alexander-marinescu-Osf-Hu98rxg-unsplash.jpg“And in the fourth watch of the night he came to them, walking on the sea.” Matthew 14:25

Imagine with me: You are in a small boat, people are yelling, cries of fear are barely heard as the tumultuous seas crash on your boat again and again, relentlessly. The storm is surging and there seems to be nothing you can do. The three-fold enemy of chaos, panic, and fear are drowning your will, energy, and soon your very life; yet you must try and stand, but you can’t. It’s just too much. The storm is too strong and you are too weak. Who can stand through such a storm as this? The fourth watch of the night approaches…

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The Burning Bush

Burning Bush.jpgSomething I have not seen before hit me like a ton of bricks this morning as I studied this famous and familiar passage (Exodus 3:1-12). I wanted to post it here because I do believe it will help others to be brought into a state of wonder as it did me. The scene begins with Moses, keeping the flock of his father-in-law, Jethro. The text communicates an orinary day until Moses saw something. Something extraordinary. He saw a bush that was burning, yet it was not consumed. He says, “I will turn aside to see this great sight, why the bush is not consumed.” From there God reveals himself and speaks through an angel to Moses. The two thoughts God communicates next are astounding: Continue reading “The Burning Bush”

Don’t Rush to the Resurrection

Screen Shot 2019-04-20 at 11.19.56 AM.pngGood Friday comes around once a year. And although followers of Jesus should frequently reflect upon the death of our Lord and what was accomplished, this one day out of the year we corporately come together and abide in a more serious reflection on what occurred at Calvary.

I think that it can be easy during this celebration of Holy Week to move quickly from the Death to the Resurrection, but the problem with that is if you don’t soak in the terrible and wonderful realities of the death of Christ, you won’t benefit as much as you could in taking in the glory of the resurrection. So what are these realities? Many, but one that I find extraordinary is that the death of Christ is the greatest paradox that the world has ever seen. There, arguably, the greatest act of sin occurred, but simultaneously the greatest act of love occurred. Continue reading “Don’t Rush to the Resurrection”

The Whole Truth

I’ve been teaching in youth ministry for over a year now, and one thing that has stuck out to me is some of the students told me they appreciate being taught about the whole character of God; not just his love and grace but also his wrath and judgment. After a lesson I gave on God’s grace and wrath recently a student told me that in previous youth ministries he’s been a part of they never talked about Hell or God’s judgment. He said he really wanted to, but knew the youth leader wouldn’t discuss these things with him. That’s a red flag if I ever saw one. Continue reading “The Whole Truth”

Grace Fueled Goals

IMG_1490.pngAt the beginning of a new year, many Christians make new goals or resolutions. In some way, these goals are always hard work. They take time to accomplish. The problem though with goals is we can fall prey to two extremes – on the one hand we can make them everything and view them as a foundation to stand on. We shouldn’t do that. The gospel is our only foundation to stand on that will never fail us. Our own ambitions will fail, but God will never fail – let knowing you can fail at your goals fuel you to accomplish them. On the other hand we can make them just because we feel like we should and the hearts not in it. We make them without really thinking through them and thus we barely remember them two days later. I want to offer what I believe is a healthy middle – grace fueled goals. Continue reading “Grace Fueled Goals”

His Glorious Inheritance

Inheritance.jpgReading the book of Ephesians is sort of like climbing Mount Everest. It’s a tough climb, and it’s the highest climb. There’s a lot of work that goes into the preparation before and after. Then comes the climb itself, and it is brutal, but once you’re at the top, it’s so beautiful that you are speechless. Every hardship you just experienced turns to wonder, every trial to triumph, and every pain to pleasure. The below Scripture is tough to climb through, but once you do, once you climb to the top and see the wonder that exists in the Everest of Scripture that is Ephesians, you will be speechless. Continue reading “His Glorious Inheritance”

The Glory of Christ

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Every Christian should meditate and dwell on Scripture. But the below passage especially should be one of the keystones of our Scripture memorization. It’s definitely one of the steaks of Scripture so to speak. To summarize the previous posts in Ephesians, I would say this: We see the inheritance of God given, the predestination of God explained, the gospel of God proclaimed, the sealing of the Spirit applied, and all for this purpose: to the praise of the glory of God’s grace in Christ. Let’s dig further…

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