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Judging or Condemning?

Judging is prominent in our culture today. Shows like American Idol and the Voice have opened the door to everyone being a judge of performance or style. We see commentators on news media judging events, people, speeches, press conferences and the weather. We even watch as people’s moral behavior is judged often against a standard [...] Continue reading…

Standing at the Door

I am writing in this post about a man named Lot and a stand he took at a very crucial time. Lot was Abram’s [later called Abraham] nephew. Abram was a man of incredible wealth and he had a huge entourage, which, in that day, distinguished him as a man of means. Lot also had [...] Continue reading…

The Theology of Shout

Many times, as we express our faith, we just need to shout. Shout in praise, shout for joy, and shout about God’s faithfulness when we’ve extended ourselves to believe and obey, in faith. I call it the theology of shout. Scripture gives us some vivid pictures of this: First we just need to read Joshua [...] Continue reading…

A Faith Expressed

This past week Grace Chapel celebrated its 20th anniversary. While thinking through the past twenty years and celebrating God’s work in and through us, something about our church and our people really jumps out at me—we are a group who humbly and actively has a faith expressed. What do I mean by that? I can [...] Continue reading…

The Day of the LORD

When I see this phrase—the day of the LORD—I am struck by the power of God who created galaxies as well as the tiniest insect. I am reminded that He rules all that there is and how foolish we are to ignore Him, run from Him and disobey Him. The prophet Joel speaks loudly and [...] Continue reading…

Sacred Assembly

Friends, this Sunday, October 5th, is the first time the Sacred Assembly will be held in Nashville. It begins at 5:00 p.m. at the Legislative Plaza. It is expected that thousands of followers of Jesus will be showing up and praying for revival in the church and awakening for the country and the world. The [...] Continue reading…

Spiritual Restoration

2 Chronicles 29 gives us a vivid picture of how a nation can be restored and as a result, genuine revival can take place. King Hezekiah, at the beginning of his reign, found the temple in a shocking state of neglect and misuse. It mirrored the people’s condition before God. His predecessor, Ahaz neglected and [...] Continue reading…

Moving Back to Our First Love

In my last post I wrote about the church at Ephesus and what Jesus had to say to them in the book of Revelation. He gives them credit for what they were doing right, but he strongly rebukes them because they had satisfied themselves with Christian doctrine and not Christ Himself. They put Christian service [...] Continue reading…

Is it Time for a Heart Checkup?

Have you had a heart exam lately? No, I’m not writing about a cardiologist’s diagnosis. I am writing about Jesus’ diagnosis of our hearts. You see, Jesus Christ is most interested in your heart and not merely your heads or your hands. How is your heart? Is it on fire for Jesus? Is it bursting [...] Continue reading…

The Trap of the Almost Christian

John Wesley said, “Ever since the Christian religion was in the world, there have been many in every age and nation, who were ‘almost persuaded to be Christians.’ But seeing it avails nothing before God, to go only thus far.”[1] Luke wrote in Acts about the apostle Paul’s confrontation with King Agrippa, Paul says, “King [...] Continue reading…

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