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See Victory

They say that “seeing is believing”. What if it’s by believing (first) that we actually begin to see?? Or, put another way, what if we can see it (in our minds eye) before we see it with our physical eyes?  That’s called faith, right? Or, as some have said, having eyes of faith. I was struck recently … Continue reading

You’re In. But, How Far Will You Go?

“..we have been made holy through the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ once for all…… For by one sacrifice he has made perfect forever those who are being made holy.” Hebrews 10:10, 13-14 My daughter loves gymnastics. She has class twice a week for an hour and a half. And, anytime she doesn’t … Continue reading

That’s Not What You Are Anymore!

The metamorphosis of the caterpillar to a butterfly is remarkable. Talk about becoming something COMPLETELY different! And, what a beautiful creature the butterfly is! Imagine if you could have a conversation with a butterfly: You: “Hey, Butterfly, you’re really just a caterpillar, right?” Butterfly: “NO! I’m a butterfly, look at me!” You: “Well, don’t you still feel like … Continue reading

You Know You Want To!

Have you ever been in a situation where you’re presented with an opportunity, but you’re unsure… and then the person presenting the option says, “C’mon, you know you want to!”? Unfortunately, many times in those situations the answer is “no, I don’t really want to! But, I’m feeling pressured by you!”. Sometimes then, we choose well … Continue reading

It’s GOOD News!

It’s funny. Sometimes when we are on the MSU campus giving out free water in the summer or the Finals Kits as a part of I Love My City in the Spring, people always seem to be hesitant and sometimes ask, “So, what’s the catch?”. A lot of times, groups/organizations/business give out “free” stuff to … Continue reading

Breakthrough to Joy!

[this post is part of a 40-day season of prayer and fasting that my church is doing called “Rend 960”] Nehamiah 8:10 …. the joy of the Lord is your strength.”   I Peter 1:8 Though you have not seen him, you love him. Though you do not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible … Continue reading

Who Made YOU God?

It’s exciting to hear about people getting their relationships cleaned up after me sharing about Jesus’ teaching on a life of forgiveness (if you didn’t hear it, I recommend you listen to it! Here’s the link). To have our heart right with others is to have our heart in the right place with God! 🙂 … Continue reading

When the Good News is No News [part 3]- A New Nature

This is the third, and final post of this series. To review: I spoke in post #1 about the “Divine Exchange”, how we are invited to come to God and give Him our junk and in exchange we get His goodness (!). In post #2 I pointed out the reality that we ALL (every person … Continue reading

When the Good News is No News [Part 1]- the Divine Exchange

I’ve found myself thinking a lot in recent months about several ideas that seem to have become “doctrine” to many Christians.  They are ideas about life that I do not see reflected in the Word of God.  What’s troublesome to me is that by accepting them, it seems that we deflate the impact of the … Continue reading

How Jesus Frees Captives

So, I believe it was my Junior year at Eastern Michigan University.  I had made friends with a guy named Matt* (this story is real, but the names are not) who was in my Choir class.  My friendship with Matt started in an interesting way.  I did not know him, but one day the Lord gave … Continue reading