“He Loves Me!”

While so much of our Christian experience tends to be motivated by fear and obligation, Wayne Jacobsen provides a refreshing alternative by painting a rich portrait of God’s love for his children in his book, “He Loves Me!”. He uses simple language that makes this book easy to read; however, you will likely find yourself frequently pausing throughout … Continue reading “He Loves Me!”

Greetings

Paul, called by the will of God to be an apostle of Christ Jesus, and our brother Sosthenes It is clear that Paul was designated by God to the specific task of bringing the message of Jesus to the nations. Formerly a religious zealot with murderous aspirations against Jesus’ followers, his encounter with the resurrected Jesus completely transformed his … Continue reading Greetings

Intolerance

In the midst of the valid outcry against actual religious bigotry and a judgmental spirit, we, as Christians, may lose focus of the reality that we follow a man who claimed divinity and made exclusive statements such as: “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” Though the … Continue reading Intolerance

Security

“O my Strength, I will sing praises to you, for you, O God, are my fortress, the God who shows me steadfast love.” -Psalm 59.17 There are many unknown factors in our lives – so much that can bring anxiety, frustration, weakness, sorrow, or depression. When we look at the circumstances of life – the … Continue reading Security

Nominalism

Many prominent speakers, authors, pastors, etc. in the Christian community have rightly denounced nominal “Christianity” as simply a culturally acceptable, religious philosophy rather than true Christianity – the way of Jesus. However, because the church itself emphasizes the religious service rather than the development of depth in our relationship with God and others, it is … Continue reading Nominalism

Stop Saying Words

There seems to be little “Christian” music that is able to successfully communicate accurate theology written in easily understood lyrics with at least “good” musical quality. However, I’ve found that the band, Tenth Avenue North, has consistently written songs which have seemed to specifically address my personal struggles, temptations, weaknesses, confusion, and failure while pointed me … Continue reading Stop Saying Words

Why I Changed the Words When Singing Worship Songs

Has anyone else noticed that most worship songs are written in the first person singular? Granted, each person’s varied church experience will influence the types of worship songs they sing, but lately I’ve noticed that almost every worship song I’ve been singing was laced with “I”, “me”, “my”, etc. There is not necessarily anything inherently wrong with … Continue reading Why I Changed the Words When Singing Worship Songs

Life without Control

Whether it be a micro-managing boss, an overprotective or demanding parent, a nagging spouse, a clingy friend, or your child who knows just what buttons to push with you, nobody appreciates these kinds of people who attempt to control our lives. This is often the reason for “teenage rebellion” – the desire to break free … Continue reading Life without Control