Have you ever received a gift that you asked for and got exactly what you wanted? How did you show your gratitude? In the story that inspired this post, found in Luke 17:11-19, highlighted what the Lord delights in.
Being that this month is about love and the legacy of African American history, I think we should talk about lust. Great Segway, right? Go with me on this one as we flesh (pun intended) this out and hopefully get to some practical resolutions and ways to liberate ourselves from the bondage of lust. Before I get in to my take on lust, I have to attack the notion and the tendency of the church to focus on the acts or the symptoms of lust (rubbernecking, impure thoughts, masturbating, pornography etc.) and guilt tripping its sufferers instead of trying to diagnose the cause or the underlying condition and introducing the remedy. My hope for this (my very first & very close to home)piece is to advocate for those … Read More
Creating Your Best LifeA long time ago in a village in central India there lived a poor farmer. On this particular day he wondered into a forest a few miles away from his home and got lost. He was so lost that he wandered around for days until he got hungry and tired. So tired was he that he fell down under a peculiar looking tree. As he fell down and lay there he thought and said to himself, “I wish I had some good food to eat, I’m so hungry!” Immediately a wonderful variety of food appeared right in front of him! Exactly like he dreamed of! Hungry people don’t ask many questions and so he ate to his heart’s content and was full. Then he thought … Read More
PRECONCEIVED NOTIONSToday I had a most interesting experience as I visited my usual Starbucks after dropping my kids off at school. It opened my eyes to something we do quite often as humans without even thinking. I walked into my usual coffee shop in the usual fashion and nodded at the usual people looking to order my usual. It was a little busy today for some reason, busier than typical. I paid no special attention however as I walked up to what I thought was the back of the line. Through my peripheral vision I vaguely noticed a middle aged woman in black yoga pants and a white top looking like she just finished her morning run. She was about 5 feet away from the line looking at … Read More
Contention is defined as “a point advanced or maintained in a debate or argument.” Discord, conflict, friction, strife and disharmony are additional words that can and have been used to further describe contention. The Spirit of Contention is a demonic power designed to damage ministries, the workplace, families and interpersonal relationships. When the enemy sees people striving to work harmoniously together, he will sow the seed of contention, with miscommunication and frustration, allow it to grow and watch as people who once loved each other turn against one another.