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Yeah but why are you doing it?

Over and over again we hear God tell His people through the prophets to desire mercy, not sacrifice. I could list many scriptures where God says this very clearly. It is evident that God wants us to be merciful and He does not need our sacrifice. Last week I ran into this idea again while reading Hosea. Hosea 6:6 (ESV) - 6.) For I desire steadfast love and not sacrifice, the knowled ...

Martyed Missionary’s Mansions.

I am very thankful that God has placed me in a position to work with people in need on a daily basis. By the time I talk to most of these people, they are at their wit's end. Their rent is overdue, the car payment is two months behind, and the unemployment has run out on them after three months, you get the picture right? Many of the people I work with are not believers. This group ...

Grace, Are You There?

Where does grace start and end? Sometimes grace can be such a fickle and weird thing. One day we can just exude it from our skin... maybe the sun is shining, perhaps the coffee at Starbucks was exceptionally tasty, maybe our boss gave us a fantastic compliment... maybe it is just a good day and for us to show grace is easy. What about the other days? What about when you have a sinu ...

We Can’t Save Christmas.

On November 1st at 8:30 in the morning I was asked for the first time this year to "save Christmas" for a single mother and her young child. Holloween was over and the holiday season had begun. It is during this time of year that I get a tremendous amount of inquiries about "saving Christmas" for families in need. We get equally the same amount of inquiries from families that want "Ch ...

Our Will, Not God’s Desire.

If you are paying attention at all or maybe even if you are not, you are being hit up with the way of the world. The world rewards and respects the "go-getter" The one that will win at all cost and will stop at nothing to be a winner. The violent man is many times celebrated, as long as he is on the right side, and we behave as if sexual behaviors should be based solely on the way we ...