I think the title speaks for itself. This post may or may not be what you expect. I believe prosperity has become cliche' in the conversations of the body of Christ today. Some are all for it, and some are against it. Both sides lead to an unhealthy misconception about our God and His perfect plan for our lives, and my guest blogger today, and close friend (Tia Hutchinson) breaks this down for us in this post. My hope is that you and I will move be...
As I was sitting in Bible study at my home church tonight, I could not help but listen when we discussed the story of the prodigal son, and you may be familiar with this story too...or so you think. First, if you're unfamiliar with the story of the the prodigal son, allow me to take you to Luke 15 beginning at verse 11 where we start with a man with two sons. The youngest of the two requested his inheritance be given to him, so their father gave the youngest his share. Realiz...More
"By grace through faith." You may be familiar with this phrase that Paul uses in Ephesians 2:8. It wasn't by Abraham's works, but by his faith in God's ability to be faithful to His own promises that made Abraham righteous before God. Just as God counted Abraham righteous because of His faith, this word is "for our sakes too", and even more now because of grace. When your faith agrees with God's promises (in His Word), He has no choice but to be faithful because He counts you as...More
He had been in mourning for 3 weeks. Thrown into an unknown culture whose system he had not known, despite his seemingly desolate circumstances, he was convinced that what he had seen would surely manifest. "In the third year of Cyrus king of Persia a thing was revealed unto Daniel, whose name was called Belteshazzar; and the thing was true, but the time appointed was long: and he understood the thing, and had und...More
We love having control of our lives, because it's what we're used to. It's what has been ingrained in us, it's a culture we're born in, and what we've been taught is necessary if we want to live well while here on earth. I'll tell you why. It is close to impossible to coexist with each other in this earth the way we exist without some form of standard or guideline. Rules keep us unified, for the most part. Unless there are people who exist who defy and go against these rules,...More
It's been tough having to be intentional about keeping together a consistent circle of friends after college. I get a little nostalgia every now and then when I think about my college days, and how no matter how hectic me and my friends' schedules got, we would always find time to come together and do life. Oh the beautiful little moments that we sometimes take for granted. No one really knows just how hard I took it when I graduated college, knowing my life would be different t...More
TEMPTATION. It's the inevitable. Paul paints a picture in Romans 7:15 and 19 when he says, "For I do not understand my own actions [I am baffled, bewildered]. I do not practice or accomplish what I wish, but I do the very thing that I loathe [which my moral instinct condemns]...For I fail to practice the good deeds I desire to do, but the evil deeds that I do not desire to do are what I am [ever] doing." Ever foun...More