Confidence in the Covenant
on September 22nd, 2021
“‘Just as I swore in the time of Noah that I would never again let a flood cover the Earth, so now I swear that I will never again be angry and punish you. For the mountains may move and the hills disappear, but even then my faithful love for you will remain. My covenant of blessing with you will never be broken,’ says the Lord, who has mercy on you.” - Isaiah 54:9-10What does it mean to live in t...  Read More
A Consistent Faithfulness
on September 21st, 2021
Trust. This is a concept that I find to be intensely lacking in our culture. We live in such an individualistic culture where you have to do everything yourself and also where we just constantly expect people to not live up to their word. Everyone probably has at least one important (but probably several) events where the people we love and care about did not show up even though they said they wou...  Read More
A Different Kind of Logic
on September 14th, 2021
Have you ever been in a conversation with someone who is using extremely flawed logic? It is so frustrating trying to be rational and levelheaded when someone has a totally different logic that makes no sense to you. This is what Jesus was dealing with when he interacted with the local religious leaders. The pharisees were using human logic, based on their culture and what would benefit them the m...  Read More
Known and Loved
on September 10th, 2021
Like most college freshmen, I remember moving to Athens in the fall and not knowing what to expect. I was nervous, excited, and wondering where or with who I would fit in.The first couple of months of college were a daze. I felt as if I was constantly meeting people and making friends, but that the people I met only knew my hometown, my major, and what dorm I lived in. This quickly spiraled into d...  Read More
An Active, Living, and Loving God
on September 7th, 2021
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.  For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.” - John 3:16-17As Christians and Americans, most of us know John 3:16. Less people know verse 17. I remember the first time I kept reading and got to t...  Read More
Feeling WITH God
on September 7th, 2021
"So we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and whoever abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him." - 1 John 4:16 NIV“And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them." - 1 John 4:16 ESVGod’s love is so hard to try and comprehend. It is so deep and wide and endless and full of every...  Read More
A Garden, Not A Desert
on September 2nd, 2021
“The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me,    because the Lord has anointed meto bring good news to the poor;    he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,to proclaim liberty to the captives,    and the opening of the prison to those who are bound; to proclaim the year of the Lord's favor,    and the day of vengeance of our God;    to comfort all who mourn; to grant to those who mourn in Zion—    t...  Read More
Shalom
on August 31st, 2021
“Return to me, for I have redeemed you.” – Isaiah 44:22About this time last year, I became friends with the sweetest couple from Bangladesh. Now fast forward to this past weekend. I was hanging out with them, their one year old boy, and a few other friends, when all of a sudden they hand me a gift bag. Inside the bag was a miniature replica of Christ The Redeemer, the giant statue of Jesus with hi...  Read More
God Intends for Good
on August 30th, 2021
"You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives." - Genesis 50:20For the past two years, this verse has been one of my favorites in the entire Bible. While the verse itself is amazing, context makes it so much more powerful. I’m gonna give an abbreviated summary of this story (it starts in Genesis 37 and ends in chapter 50).This...  Read More
Conviction with Love and Grace
on August 25th, 2021
“If you had known me, you would have known my Father also. From now on you do know him and have seen him.”Philip said to him, “Lord, show us the Father, and it is enough for us.” Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you so long, and you still do not know me, Philip? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’?John 14:7-9Throughout the Gospels, God is revealed in ...  Read More
Mystery
on August 23rd, 2021
“With all wisdom and understanding, He made known to us the mystery of His will according to His good pleasure, which He purposed in Christ, to be put into effect when the times reach their fulfillment—to bring unity to all things in heaven and on earth under Christ.”- Ephesians 1:8-10Scattered throughout the Bible are phrases that either say “the mystery of Christ” or another wording of the same ...  Read More
Choosing to Love
on June 25th, 2021
“If you love me, keep my commands.” John 14:15Do you believe in soul mates? Please don’t hate me for this, but I don’t. I promise I don’t hate love. I promise.There are a few reasons why I am the way that I am about this, but one of the biggest reasons is very simply because I believe it’s a choice to love. To love is to choose to love. Love is not just some bubbly feeling. It’s a choice. Whether ...  Read More
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