Caterpillars to Butterflies: A story of your identity

So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed. John 8:36 ESV The process of a caterpillar turning into a butterfly is one of the most dramatic natural phenomena that I know.  The poor caterpillar only knows one world….climbing on limbs and stems eating leaves.  Caterpillars are slow and are significantly susceptible […]

Victory over Death & Sin at Easter

For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive in the spirit. 1 Peter 3:18 ESV ~~~ At Easter we celebrate a great victory at a terrible cost.   The agonizing work Christ completed on […]

Born Condemned 

John 3:18 reminds us of a wonderful resolution to a horrific reality. M Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son.  M Jesus didn’t come to earth to condemn us…we were already that way […]

The Weeds Near Our Soul

I love the near-instant satisfaction of working in the yard. When it’s tended to regularly the results can be fabulous.   Just like our soul.   Tending to and caring for the health of our soul can result in its blossoming into the wonderful entity God intended.  The opposite is also true, right? My work […]

Reflecting the Glory of the Son

A beautiful and brilliant “harvest” moon made its mark on North America on September 16, 2016.  Its light was a near pure white.  In Georgia, with no clouds in sight, the moonlight cast defined shadows onto normally darkened ground. When we experience the moon’s light, we’re actually experiencing the light of the sun….and the moon does its […]

Removing the Refuse Around the Heart

If you are a gardener or someone who loves the beauty of nature in a yard, you know that weeds, dead leaves, overgrown vines and yard clippings have to be taken out. Large brown bags from home stores line our street as evidence that we have to do something with the refuse, the weeds…the junk. We […]

A Repentant Heart

On Good Friday the Christian world celebrates the good news of not having to bear the penalty of our own sinfulness toward God.  Thankfully, we did not get what we deserved for our rebellion against God.  Christ paid the price for our sin and became sin for us, so we could be restored to relational union with […]

Motivations of the Heart

The heart is often described as the inner self but it’s also known as the center of our motivations.  In other words, whatever you do or think, the underlying motivation or intent comes from your heart, not your mind. The Bible says that the word of God can discern the thoughts and intentions (motivations) of the heart. […]

The Whisper of a Prideful Heart – Part 2

Of all the concepts in the Bible related to the heart, a prideful and conceited heart tops the list – by far.  Of all the verses in the Bible related to the heart, there are more verses on pride than any other topic. Satan helped bring about sin and pride in Adam and Eve with a simple question […]

The Whisper to a Prideful Heart – Part 1

The LORD detests all the proud of heart. Be sure of this: They will not go unpunished.  – Proverbs 16:5 ~~~~~ There is a voice that whispers to our heart that cleverly says “look away, look away”. Look to yourself, look to what you have, look to what you’ve built, look to what you want…look […]