Confusion.

Confusion was the number one response Jesus’ disciples had to Jesus’ teaching. I thought their normal response would have been awe and wonder. Nope. Jesus taught, and they replied, “Huh?” In Mark 7:14-16, Jesus taught a parable prioritizing the inner cleanliness of a person’s heart over outward appearance. Verse 17 says that after the teaching, when Jesus and His team …

The Most Important Message

A long time ago, I read a quote somewhere that I’ve never been able to find again but that I’ve never forgotten either. It was one of those lines that so penetrates you, you only have to encounter it once. The quote went something like this: “Every time you preach, do so as if the eternity of men’s souls hangs …

Pursuing A Reckless, Crazy Strategy

Pursuing A Reckless, Crazy Strategy God loves to work in the realm of the impossible. Therefore, He puts you and me in impossible situations in order that we can see that He is the One who comes through and works things out. Once Joshua passed away, Israel was led by judges for a period of time. Ten of them are …

Gratitude

That’s the Will of God? Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God for you in Christ Jesus. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 Why would giving thanks be the will of God? When you think about the will of God, do you not think of “bigger” things. It is the will of God for me to move …

Who Likes Boring?

Who likes dull, lifeless things? How many people live in pursuit of the bland? Gray may be an in-vogue color for a wall in one’s home, but it is never in vogue as the condition of one’s heart. Where is the color and the fullness? Where is the life? Where is the brilliance? The word brilliant comes from the Latin …

The Power of Multiplication

I’ve never been considered a math genius, but I have studied mathematics, and I understand how powerful multiplication is. Let me give you an easy example. 2 + 3 is 5, right? But 2 x 3 is 6. A small increase, but growth, nonetheless. Adding is fine, but multiplication lends itself to improvements beyond merely adding. When we multiply, there …