My Thoughts on Luke 1:31-33

I love Christmastime because so many in our culture think a lot about Jesus during this time.  While the actual holiday of Christmas nor the actual birth date of Jesus are not found in the Bible, nonetheless most of us think about Him and His birth these days.  So if you are one who thinks a lot about a little baby in a manger in Bethlehem during this month, I encourage you to take some time to also think about what Gabriel said to Mary that her boy would become.  Mary’s son – God’s Son – is currently King of kings and Lord of lords, reigning over His church.… Read More My Thoughts on Luke 1:31-33

My Thoughts on Giving

When one gives to God’s church “according to their ability, and beyond their ability…of their own accord,” “bountifully,” “as he has purposed in his heart,” “not grudgingly or under compulsion,” but rather with a “cheerful” attitude (2 Cor. 8:3; 9:6-7), is that not offering honor to God (proskueneo)?  Is it not revering God (sebazomai)?  Is it not serving God (latreuo)?  Is it not acting piously towards God (eusebeo)?  The obvious answer to these rhetorical questions is “Yes,” especially when one considers that in giving Jesus wants us to “first give (ourselves) to the Lord” (2 Cor. 8:5).… Read More My Thoughts on Giving

My Thoughts on Racism

The Bible says, “God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them” (Genesis 1:27).  Unlike God’s creation of animals and earth, the sun, moon, and stars, God created people unique – in his image.  That’s true of all people regardless of color, ethnicity or nationality.  We all have God as our common denominator.  … Read More My Thoughts on Racism

My Thoughts on Repentance

If we get in a car and head to McDonald’s, and on the way we see Taco Bell and decide we’d rather have a taco than a Big Mac, and so turn into Taco Bell instead of going on to McDonald’s, guess what we’ve just done?  We’ve repented of McDonald’s.  In other words, we changed our minds about McDonald’s.  Not only that, but our actions also changed as a direct, unavoidable result of changing our minds.  We decided to go to Taco Bell instead of McDonald’s, and our actions followed suit.… Read More My Thoughts on Repentance