Reflections of Grace 134: Toxic “Christians”

[display_podcast]Have you ever been deeply disillusioned by someone whom you thought was a friend but turned out to be a controller or manipulator and when you didn’t comply with their demands they dropped you?  Do you think because we are to seek to love everyone with God’s unconditional love that means you should allow them total access into your life?Actually real genuine love has many boundaries.  To enable someone to treat you with anything less than respect is actually enabling them … [Read more...]

Jesus in HD 179: You’ve Got Talent. (You Really Do!)

[display_podcast]Spoiler Alert: This PODCAST will not be paradigm-shifting. This podcast will be paradigm-shattering.There is so much going on here in Jesus’ conclusion to His landmark End Times Olivet Discourse that I hardly know where to begin.Last week, we saw that Jesus told a parable about ten bridesmaids, five who were wise and five who were foolish.This week, we’ll note that He told a follow-up parable about three servants, two who were faithful and one who was unf … [Read more...]

WWUTT: There’s Power In Our Words?

John Gray of the Code Orange Revival Elevation Church said in September, 2016: “Words do three things.  I want you to write these down:  Words create.  They create your reality.  ‘Speak that which is not as though it is.’  Words convene.  When you speak what's on God's mind, everything connected to that has to show up. Words create, words convene, and finally words conquer.  It was the sound of a shout that made those walls fall at Jericho.” Okay… so first he said that words create … [Read more...]

Reflections of Grace 133: Those Spiritual Black Holes

[display_podcast]Have you ever had a time when you felt like you were in a spiritual black hole?   I have. The pressure seemed unbearable. No sense of God‘s presence. No sense of anything going on around me.These are the times, sorry to say, when I tend to question God’s love for us.  But then He demonstrates to me that He was there all the time. I call these times “faith experiences.”I have come to believe the black holes are needful in order to know that we have the shield that can … [Read more...]

WWUTT: Why You Believe or Don’t Believe In God?

In Matthew 16, Jesus asked his disciples: “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?”They answered, “Well some say John the Baptist, or Elijah or another prophet.”And He said, “But who do you say that I am?”Peter replied, “You are the Christ, the Son of the Living God!”And Jesus said, “Blessed are you, Simon, son of Jonah! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father who is in heaven.” (Matthew 16:13-20) Anyone who worships Jesus as God believes because God ha … [Read more...]

The Summit Lecture Series: Making Sense of Your World with John Stonestreet, Part 14

Charles Darwin wrote On the Origin of Species in 1857. By 1870, it was the dominant understanding of how biological life came to be. I find this interesting, partly because Darwin wasn’t the first to propose this idea that all living things came from a common ancestor. However, Darwin was writing at a particular point in our world’s cultural history when ideological doors were more open than ever and it really caught on.This is partially why Darwinism is known as the “last nail in the coffin … [Read more...]