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Various thoughts about God; who he is, what he does, why he did it.
Work Out Your Own Salvation
2024-06-18 14:22
Because our lack of humility and inclination to be our own god has continued since our initial rebellion in Eden, everything we do tends to be performance-based i.e. We are naturally incline… Read More
The Central Theme Of The Beatitudes?
2024-06-09 13:45
Virtually everyone agrees that the "sermon on the mount" is the most significant compilation of Christ's teachings in one message. Prayer - the "Lords prayer" - happens to be at the ¹c… Read More
Giving What You Have
2024-05-30 22:24
All our actions come forth from one of two very different places i.e. they occur only for one of two reasons; to get something or to give something. To give something, we must already h… Read More
Loving And Valuing...the Same?
2024-04-26 18:12
In considering the definition of love, I found the word value helpful. But I also found myself wondering how ¹value is similar to love and how it's different. Is there a difference… Read More
Don't Be Surprised By Suffering
2024-04-17 16:05
If God is good, why does He allow evil (pain and suffering)? This is the age-old question and the reason many give on why they don't trust God.But could it be God allows it to humble us and… Read More
The Necessity Of Dependence
2024-04-10 13:50
The very acts of eating, drinking, and breathing are daily reminders of our need to ¹depend on things outside ourselves for life. They also remind us of how fragile life truly is when w… Read More
Forsaken And Abandoned?
2024-04-05 13:32
When we experience pain - emotionally or physically - our biggest struggle is thinking we are forsaken and abandoned by God.Yet God's greatest promise is nothing - especially suffering - wil… Read More
Being Righteous, Living Righteously
2024-03-23 03:04
Is there a difference between being righteous (before God) and living righteously?Even though God, in and through Christ, grants us righteousness (perfect standing) before Him leg… Read More
When We Are Weak We Are Strong
2024-03-15 08:06
God's power is perfected in our weakness. If we do not understand this we will interpret his guidance as ¹abandonment.Do we have any examples to support this in scripture? Not only… Read More
Legitimate Vs Illegitimate Business
2024-03-12 17:10
What distinguishes a legitimate enterprise or business from an illegitimate one? Being ¹service driven vs. solely profit-driven.There is nothing wrong with profit in itself, but wh… Read More
Exchanging Energy Via Currency?
2024-03-12 09:59
Currency is simply a media by which we exchange our energy (just think electrical current i.e. Current-cy). We expend energy through labor to create things (or to provide direct services to… Read More
Whoever Is Not With Me Is Against Me
2024-02-09 16:49
Every decision we make is a choice between doing something ¹God's way or my way - doing things to advance God's agenda (kingdom) or mine.  Christ said it this way, "… Read More
Broken Yet Fully Loved
2024-02-03 03:04
We are far more ¹broken than we know - and are willing to admit - but also far more loved than we can ever imagine or hope for - or usually willing to believe.Why do we have t… Read More
2024-01-21 15:20
God wants us to pursue Him only if we want to. God never forces us to but helps us see the importance and necessity of our pursuit through our mistakes, failures, struggles, and pain as… Read More
What Reveals Our Heart Most
2024-01-10 16:40
If we want to know the true condition of our heart two things reveal it better than anything; great adversity and great success. Great adversity either humbles us or embitters us. Great… Read More
The Essence Of Relationships
2024-01-08 19:47
What is the essence of relationships? All relationships consist of giving and receiving love (value). However, different types of relationships occur in a variety of ways between variou… Read More
The Necessity Of Faith
2023-12-28 14:50
In scripture we are told on 4 different occasions that "the just shall live by faith." Everything the Bible says is important, but when it ¹repeats something several times, it is e… Read More
Does God Want Anything?
2023-10-22 13:57
God values us because we are in his image - i.e. like Him. But why does this matter? Does God get something from us that he needs? No. God needs nothing. Everything that is, comes from Him… Read More
Law/obedience... A Required Or Not
2023-08-03 03:00
Is obedience to the law a requirement? In one sense, it is not and in another sense it is.*it is not required: Regarding justification, i.e. We are not, cannot, no… Read More
2023-07-26 09:03
Though directly, evil is bad, indirectly it is good. To say it more precisely, evil is a means by which God brings about our good because it ¹can be the means by which we discover more… Read More
The Good News
2023-07-14 19:09
The essence of the gospel is God's love, acceptance, and embrace are secured for us solely by Christ's efforts, not ours. Because Christ was and is perfect in every way - and assigns hi… Read More
Seeing God's Love In Our Pain
2023-07-05 17:56
"that I may know him (Christ) and the fellowship of his suffering's…" - Phil 3:10What is the "fellowship of his (Christ's) sufferings?" How do we take part in them?and Does… Read More
Our God Is To Small
2023-06-13 16:32
Many think total dependence on God is a sign of weakness when actually it's more an acknowledgment of God's greatness.In ourselves, we may be great and of great importance but compared to Go… Read More
Two Vital Truths In Pursuing God
2023-05-09 22:42
Knowing two truths is essential for our spiritual advancement.1. Our utter inability and failure to conform to God's perfect designs.2. God's perfect love, acceptance, and embrace of us beca… Read More
Praising God Is For Our Benefit Not His.
2023-04-21 16:23
God, who is worthy of all praise, is still fully God whether we praise him or not. He is not ¹diminished by our lack of praise nor in need of it. Nor does He need us or our praise… Read More
The Greatest Lesson From Job?
2023-04-14 16:17
Why is the book of Job in the Bible? After all it appears God never even answers Jobs most pressing questions. At least not directly. So what is the point of the book? Could it be that Job e… Read More
God Is Nonstop Love, Beauty And Glory!
2022-12-27 23:47
As the Father and Son behold the infinite beauty and glory of the other they experience infinite, overflowing joy, and delight in, by, and through the Spirit. They are the very heart and cen… Read More
2022-12-26 01:58
Crypto currencies are a very hot topic these days, especially due to all the stories we may have heard of many early Bitcoin owners becoming millionaires. Some are ¹kicking themselves f… Read More
2022-10-02 05:01
All things are created and designed to operate a certain way i.e. according to their design. This is in fact why the scientific method works; most things are measurable, predictabl… Read More
The Broad And Narrow Gates
2022-09-25 11:56
Is the following an accurate picture of what Christ was saying the broad and narrow way?Like all scriptual passages we must read them in light of what goes on before and behind any given ver… Read More
Religion. Coming Up Short
2022-09-18 08:13
Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me." - John 14:6Many other religions and non followers of Jesus acknowledge Chr… Read More
The Logos And Passion Of God
2022-09-04 05:20
Who are the Son and the Spirit of GodThe SonIn the beginning was the Word (Logos), and the Word (Logos) was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. ...And the Word… Read More
2022-08-12 15:37
What is contentment? When does it occur?Contentment is arriving at that place where we see God's blessings are no longer about advancing us but others i.e. God first - His kingdom and glory… Read More
What Does God Value In Us?
2022-08-03 12:32
What best brings about humility? Why is it so important? Is there any connection between our value as bearers of God's image and humility?We will start by looking at humility and then how th… Read More
Applying Truth To New Situations
2022-07-31 08:58
How can we have a sound understanding of a specific truth in several areas, yet fail miserably in applying that same truth in another area? This kind of "missing the mark" doesn't … Read More
Eager Anticipation (hope) Is Good
2022-07-24 11:35
There is nothing wrong with eagerly anticipating and hoping for a successful outcome on the ¹good (Godly) things we seek and desire. Hope is actually a significant element of… Read More
Give As You Have Received
2022-07-11 18:13
From the very beginning the Bible speaks of God blessing others. Gen 1:22 Then God blessed them (animals) and said, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the waters of the seas, and let b… Read More
What Is The Narrow Way
2022-07-05 12:58
Like all scriptual passages we must read them in light of what goes on before and behind any given verse - i.e. In the context - to get an understanding of the true meaning of that verse. An… Read More
Both Love And Discipline Essential
2022-06-19 02:53
We bristle at discipline when there is no love. We do not operate at our maximum potential when there is no discipline.Both are essential if we are to be all God desires and designed us to b… Read More
Brokenness...part 2
2022-06-05 13:39
What is the nature of our brokenness?It is the absence of what (who) we were created to partake of and "run on" - so to speak. We could say this is more a state of spiritual bankruptcy then… Read More
Healing Trauma
2022-06-03 13:29
There is a great deal of focus ⁷today on trauma and past wounds. Many are on a never ending quest to uncover forgotten or hidden wounds in the hope this will somehow unlock t… Read More
Misplaced Honor
2022-05-29 07:03
At the heart of all poor (wrong) choices is misplaced ¹honor. We either honor (glorify - value) something more than it deserves or ¹dishonor who or what deserves it most.Why would… Read More
Sowing And Reaping
2022-05-22 13:54
Does sowing and reaping only apply to ¹sharing (speaking) the good news? Can the gospel be advanced by and through other ways such as our work (deeds) as well as our words? If so h… Read More
Why Do Kids Rebel?
2022-05-15 13:04
Even with the best and most loving environment (and parents) we could ever possibly ¹grow up with, all of us still are ²in pain. It is inevitable we go through some kind of pain no… Read More
2022-05-08 04:46
We are perfectly connected to God and fully accepted, loved and embraced by God in and through Christ. This is our legal status and standing before God. It is fixed, settled and co… Read More
Why Should We Avoid Sin
2022-04-30 02:09
Should we avoid wrong doing? Yes and no. No!?As God's child, we are not to avoid harmful behavior (sin) because of guilt, shame, threat of judgment or fear of punishment. Why? Because Christ… Read More
2022-04-22 12:19
Most prayers have a good part and a misguided (foolish) part. At it's core the good part is wanting and asking God to give me what I need to be the best person He wants me to be - and can be… Read More
Knowing God But Not Fully Yet!
2022-04-14 11:40
Understanding the "already... not yet" facet of the gospel (good news) is vital. It is knowing who we are in Christ today vs who we are not yet but will be. This involves how we are viewed b… Read More
The Sacrifice Of Praise
2022-04-06 08:17
What is the ¹sacrifice ofthanksgiving or praise (Psa 107:22, Heb 13:15)? It is giving thanks when there is no apparent reason to give thanks; it's making yourself gave thanks when… Read More
2022-03-31 11:14
When we are captivated by the God's ¹love we are also driven by the ²Spirit. This means everything we say and do comes from and by the Spirit i.e. is moved by love. To act fro… Read More
Christ's Central Message?
2022-03-23 10:47
Once Christ officially began his ministry what was the central theme of His message? Get ready, for the coming new kingdom - and its King - is about to be *established.From that ti… Read More
God's Glory Or Our Delight?
2022-03-12 14:23
When all our focus and energy is on honoring God you would think we would get lost in the process. However it is just the opposite. It is when and where we find ourselves most and experience… Read More
God Made The Nations?
2022-03-06 12:27
There is debate within some circles of the validity of nations and/or borders. Does the Bible have anything to say about this? Let's to a closer look."The God who made the world and everythi… Read More
Unbelief Diminishsus
2022-02-20 07:30
Because of our rebellious distrust of God we are no longer in a relationship with Him (as we were meant to be) or experiencing His infinite love (the necessary spiritual nourishment we were… Read More
2022-02-13 10:29
When Christ walked among us He was characterized as being full of two qualities..."And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son fro… Read More
God Loves Rebels
2022-02-06 10:27
God loved us in our rebellion from the very beginning. Why? Because: 1. He is love and 2. He seeks to honor us and our freedom to choose (even if it results in us not cho… Read More
Hell - The Continuation Of Our Current Path
2022-01-30 11:15
We bristle at the concept of an eternal hell yet deal with and accept hell on earth daily and give little to no thought about God (except maybe to shake our fist at Him in anger) i.e. most o… Read More
Who Are We?
2022-01-25 17:11
There are *two fundamental aspects of our being that define us. One is divine, the other is decidedly human and the opposite of divine.1. We are like God,  the divine - in His image.2… Read More
Why Does God Allow Evil
2022-01-18 13:43
The age old question is if God is good why does He *allow evil and suffering to remain? But He didn't. He addressed evil - at the outset of our initial patents rebellion - alongwith all… Read More
Being In Awe...we Are Incurably Religious
2021-12-08 14:24
What is awe? Why do we all  experience it and seek it? When do we experience it? Let's take a closer look.We are like God; in his image and were created to participate in and experience… Read More
What Is An Evil Heart?
2021-12-01 08:58
When we consider evil we usually think in terms of horrendous acts such as torture, sex trafficking, genocide and the like. But what about an evil heart? Is this something different than evi… Read More
Strengthening Our Trust Through Self Denial
2021-11-28 11:01
We usually think of fasting as a 24 hour or multiple-day event. However, why can't there be many kinds of decisions/events throughout the day. Decisions to consciously, willfully, and delibe… Read More
Pain - Normal Or Common?
2021-11-20 17:35
Because *pain is such a *constant part of our lives, pain feels normal. It has been a part of our life from the beginning when we cried after our exit from the relatively safe environment of… Read More
3 Levels Of Trust
2021-11-01 06:44
When we trust others, that trust is on 3 different levels. 1. Do we trust their heart i.e. Do we believe and know someone is acting with good and loving intent toward us and others.2. D… Read More
2021-10-24 15:52
Some within the Christian community have encouraged others to take the vaccine (John Piper, who I otherwise respect - and others - would be high profile examples). Their reasoning? It is the… Read More
A Conversation Regarding Obedience
2021-10-24 03:46
In Nov. 2017 I posted the following on Facebook. "Why do we pursue God, out of love or fear? Both! Out of love because he first loved us. Out of fear because operati… Read More
Knowledge Of Good And Evil
2021-10-16 08:28
Some of the following points are not explicitly stated in scripture, though I believe are implied and within the boundaries of scripture. Feel free to add any comments (pro or con) you feel… Read More
Experience And Wisdom Connected
2021-10-05 08:14
We have all observed that experience (at least by others if not our own) results in a more mature (usually more humble) approach to life. But what is it we experience that gives us a more so… Read More
We Must Be Real But...
2021-09-05 14:26
We must be who we are because anything else is *pretense. This is vital if we are to grow. There is no growth and healing unless we honestly assess ourselves. We can not fix what w… Read More
2021-07-10 12:25
What does it mean to "rest" in God? Is there only one meaning?I would suggest the scriptures teach there is an initial rest and and on going rest. After we have come into God's Kingdom… Read More
Immutability Vs Aseity...Does God Change
2021-06-17 10:29
I will probably raise more questions with this post than I will answer, but I think they are worth raising. Anyone who wishes to add to this discussion, please feel free to do so in the comm… Read More
All Things Are Lawful But...
2021-05-03 13:44
1Corinthians 6:12“All things are lawful for me,” but not all things are helpful. “All things are lawful for me,” but I will not be dominated by anything. 1… Read More
Being Devalued
2021-03-25 18:41
When you are wronged you are being devalued. i.e. you're being treated as unimportant - insignificant, worthless; as if you don't matter.Why is this wrong? Because you do matter; you have va… Read More
The Law, Grace, And God's Will
2021-03-19 16:33
We cannot see or receive the full demands of the law until we grasp the fullness of God's *grace. Without a clear grasp of grace, the **law crushes us.However, in order to have a clear under… Read More
Our Value Is The Foundation For Offenses
2021-03-16 03:48
Because we are significant and valuable - as bearers of God's image - when we are treated otherwise, something is taken from us. You can call it a sense of dignity, worth, respect, etc.&nbsp&hell…Read More
God Doesn't Need Us, He Delights In Us
2021-03-08 13:06
God doesn't need us but he does want us and enjoy us. So why would God want us and how can he enjoy us if he doesn't need us?God is not like we are. He operates on a… Read More
2021-02-24 12:18
What is the difference between being accepted (received by) someone and pleasing them i.e.  bringing them joy?God fully accepts usWe are told God fully accepts us in Christ. Nothin… Read More
2021-02-18 11:35
"By the works of the law no one will be justified…" i.e. declared righteous, whole; be in right standing with God; accepted and approved by God. When we understand what Paul is s… Read More
The 2nd Is Like Unto It...
2021-01-26 13:21
Luke 10:25 And behold, a lawyer stood up to put him (Jesus) to the test, saying, “Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?” 26 He (Jesus) said to him, “What is wri… Read More
The Necessity Of Faith In An Infinite God
2021-01-16 14:59
Belief is powerful, both positively and negatively. By nature, we are *finite and therefore **dependent beings. Because we are finite, **trust/faith is necessary. By virtue of bein… Read More
Diligent Vs Undiciplined
2021-01-06 13:04
Though God's love is the *same for all believers new and old, a highly gifted and disciplined person who comes to Christ - e.g. Saul the Pharisee who became Paul - will accomp… Read More
Rigtheousness Vs Shame
2021-01-05 16:42
Righteousness is somewhat of a dirty word these days. In the minds of most, it suggests someone who is self-righteous and hypocritical. This is rightfully not appealing to anyone. The bible… Read More
How Are Love And Life Connected
2021-01-01 12:43
Is there a connection between life and love? If so, what is it? To help us get a better understanding, let's define our terms.Love or loving someone is recognizing their value, worth, s… Read More
Good Trees Bear Good Fruit
2020-12-25 11:23
Matthew 12.33-37 says, “Either make the tree good and its fruit good, or make the tree bad and its fruit bad, for the tree is known by its fruit (i.e. its fruit is evidence of wha… Read More
Thank You!
2020-12-20 18:50
For those following my blog, thank you for your support! Thanks to you, we just pasted 37,000 reads of our posts and continue to see those reads steadily grow, averaging 1000 reads a mo… Read More
Empowered By What
2020-12-16 17:00
Are we empowered to live for God by faith, love, His Spirit, or God's promises? Yes - i.e. all the above. Though all of these might seem unique and separate, they are very much connected.&nb&hell…Read More
2020-12-06 10:08
As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Abide in my love.What is the nature of the Father's love for His Son? Is it not an infinite, unrelenting, boundless and perfect love? Is it n… Read More
It All Depends On God And You
2020-12-02 15:52
You may have heard the following…Pray as if it all depends on God and work as if *it all depends on you; because it does... both of them.Is this true? If so, how do we reconcile this… Read More
Love Is Power
2020-11-27 19:22
Love is power or to be more precise, it is God’s love that empowers us to pursue him.So how exactly does this work?We are created by and for God. For us to operate as we were designed… Read More
God Doesn't Need Us, He Delight In Us
2020-11-18 16:54
God doesn't need us but he does want us and enjoy us. So why would God want us and how can he enjoy us if he doesn't need us?God is not like we are. He operates on a… Read More
What Does It Mean To Be Broken?
2020-11-11 16:12
What does it mean to be broken and living in a broken world? It means we are no longer personally and willfully connected to the Source of life, love, and all things and therefore no longer… Read More
How To Fix Fake News
2020-11-10 05:17
We have all heard the expression “fake news” in the last few years. Who makes the assertion doesn’t really matter. The fact that it’s made at all tells us things must… Read More
The Necessity Of Faith And An Infinite God
2020-10-30 17:18
Belief is powerful, both positively and negatively. By nature, we are *finite and therefore **dependent beings. Because we are finite, **trust is necessary. As finite beings, we must tr… Read More
The Necessity Of Choice
2020-10-18 15:42
Choice is essential. It is a *vital part of what gives us innate value. Our dignity is tied to our freedom to choose i.e. free choice is an essential part of our significance. Without i… Read More
The Exposing Of Globalism And Its Dangers
2020-10-12 13:53
This is not necessarily an endorsement of Trump but one thing a Trump presidency has done is forced the *globalists to reveal themselves.If someone wishes to be a globalist that is their cho… Read More
Our Value Is The Foundation Of Offenses
2020-10-07 17:54
Because we are significant and valuable, when we are treated otherwise, something is taken from us. You can call it a sense of dignity, worth, self-respect, etc. Instinctively we all kn… Read More
Diligence Vs Undiciplined
2020-09-30 15:23
Though God's love is the *same for all believers, a highly gifted and disciplined person - e.g. Saul the Pharisee who turned to Christ and became Paul - coming to Christ will accomplish… Read More

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