When I was meditating on the covenant that God made with Abraham, I was visualizing the broken pieces lying on the ground and the pool of blood that God walked through. This was the moment that the Holy Spirit shook me to my core with other imagery. He flashed forward in scripture to the very scene that I just described the day Jesus was executed. His body was broken, and His blood was spilled out. Continue reading →
You can read Part 1 if you have not already.
Scripture paints a grotesque scene as it describes in vivid detail what happened to Jesus in the moments prior to and leading up to the Cross. All four gospels tell that Jesus was scourged before His execution. Let me take a few moments to explain this process that I have been studying throughout this year. Continue reading →
There are three areas of the Old Testament that I really enjoy reading…the story of Abraham, the story of Moses and the Exodus (I enjoy reading the entire book), and the story of David. With each of those key figures, God established covenants that are pivotal in scripture. In seminary they are referenced as Abrahamic, Mosaic, and Davidic. Prevailing seminary theology teaches that they are separate and distinct with each one standing alone. While I do agree that there are specific elements that are unique to each protagonist, I see these covenants as a continual thread where God makes a promise about the future and seals it in blood, which scripture says was necessary (see Hebrews 9:16-22). The common denominator throughout these is the covenant and is what fascinates me the most. Continue reading →
Today, I began reading the first part of the book of Daniel, partly because I have been listening to different sermons the past week, and he keeps popping up throughout them. I figured that if God kept putting him as a common theme so many times in rapid succession, then maybe there was something specific that I needed to hear again. I went into this with the intent of reading very slowly to allow God to minister to me. The more I thought about what I had read, the more my heart was broken for God and the more I wanted to be like this great prophet. I only made it through the first six chapters before I had to stop to allow the Holy Spirit to cultivate the Word that I had read. My thoughts on what I read are what follows. Continue reading →
We’ve all heard someone speak on forgiveness at some point in our lives. For Christians, I would submit that it is statistically impossible not to have heard something on this subject. If you read scripture at all (and you should every single day), you’ll find it all throughout Jesus’ ministry as well as the rest of the New Testament. Even the Old Testament gives many examples of forgiveness in some form or another. It is a commandment that we are given by Jesus Himself.
So I ask you, then, how many times have you heard someone say, “I will forgive, but I won’t forget”? How many times have you and I failed in this area? Why is it that this seemingly simple instruction proves to be one of the biggest hurdles that we often face? How does the devil manage to gain such a stronghold in our lives through unforgiveness? Continue reading →