October 20, 2017

A Testimony of God’s Faithfulness

One of my earliest memories is of the day I was forever adopted into God’s family. I was three years old, and my mom and I had just left a midweek Bible study at someone’s home. While the adults met in one room, the other kids and I enjoyed some play time, snacks, and a brief Bible lesson. I don’t remember who taught us, but I’ll be forever grateful for their willingness to serve! As we left that day, I was overcome with curiosity about the process of salvation.I remember sitting in the front seat of the car (that was before airbags and mandatory back-seat riding for children), and asking my mom how it worked—how a person could “get saved.” She talked me through acknowledging my [...Read More]

The Problem with Fig Leaves

In the beginning, God created the world and its inhabitants, and all was spectacularly perfect. And God created two special beings in His own image and placed them in a beautiful garden, filled with trees that were pleasant to the sight and good for food. Along with the trees that provided regular sustenance, there was also a tree of life and a tree of the knowledge of good and evil. And God gave man a very simple, clear command: "You may surely eat of every tree of the garden, but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat." One day a shining serpent appeared and began to prey on the woman's inner desire for that one forbidden thing, subtly twisting God's words and [...Read More]

The Great Exchange: From Death to Life

In and of ourselves, we are nothing. In fact, we are worse than nothing... we are like dirty pigs wallowing in our own filth, thinking we're the richest most enviable creatures on earth. But as any one who's seen at a pigsty can tell you, pigs are clearly neither rich nor enviable. We're not much better. We are like dumb animals, too enamored with our best efforts to notice how poor we really are. In fact, Isaiah says all our best works are no better than filthy rags -- like the kind you would use to wipe up pig slop. For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh… Humans are selfish, depraved creatures full of death and sin. We have no hope for redemption in and [...Read More]

Salvation Stories {Link-Up}

October 28 is the anniversary of my adoption. Not a physical adoption -- a spiritual one. It's the day God made me His child, gave me His name, and provided a new life for me. I would say it's the day He chose me, and called me, but that's not entirely true. He chose me before the earth was created. He called me before I was even conceived. Salvation has nothing to do with me, and everything to do with God. {<--tweet this!} It's not because I'm anything special, or because I have amazing potential, or because I have a great heritage. It's because God wanted me to bear His name, His suffering, and someday His glory. And God in His amazing grace caused me to be born into a Christian [...Read More]

Learning from the Prophets

Right now, I'm in awe over the magnitude of our salvation: where it comes from, how it helps us now, what it gives us in eternity. You see, I'm working on memorizing 1 Peter 1 with the group over at Do Not Depart. And, true to form, as I memorize and internalize God's Word - it changes me. This week we're working on verses 10-11. I actually want to include verse 12 in this post, though. You'll see why in a minute:   "Concerning this salvation, the prophets who prophesied about the grace that was to be yours searched and inquired carefully... It was revealed to them that they were serving not themselves but you, in the things that have now been announced to you through those [...Read More]