When it comes to marriage, we are all too used to the old normal of this broken world. Not Jesus! He points the way to a whole new way of being what God made us to be in the first place. Call it "God's New Normal."
Adultery is a story with a beginning and an ending. Jesus warns us not to let the story ever get started. To do so means that we see members of the opposite sex not as objects but as reflections of God's image in this world.
We've all heard the command: "You shall not commit adultery." But to truly understand its meaning we must know what marriage is from God's point of view. Once we grasp God's purpose in marriage, then we can discover how to bring His life and love into our world and find forgiveness for the ways we have failed.
What can the Woolly Bear teach us about how we can enter God's Kingdom? It turns out that the caterpillar's journey from inching across the pavement to flying above the trees as a Tiger Moth is a wonderful picture of the deep change that God works in us, if we will trust Him enough to let it happen.
Jesus calls to be salt and light. That means we are to preserve what is good in God's Creation and shine the light of His presence into its dark places. When we do, we fulfill our purpose as people made in His image.
We are called to shine like stars in the universe, rolling back the darkness that
pervades this world. That comes at a price. In rolling back the darkness, there are times
more often than not where we are standing in stark contrast to this world.
How to fix a marred and defaced Creation? Paul takes us on the Creator's Journey to show us not only how Jesus restored God's Image, but how you and I become an integral part of God's work of restoration.
Where does salvation come from? From the gods we make for ourselves, or from the Creator of the world? The people of Philippi were about to find out, when Paul and his team silenced the Underworld with the Name of the world's true Savior.
God always has a plan vastly bigger and more creative than anything we can imagine. If we are willing to seek His Presence, He will equip us as He did Paul when Paul received the order to "Go west, young man!"
We are all stewards or caretakers of the resources that God has placed in our care: Our money, our time, our relationships, our skills and gifts. We have a responsibility to God and will answer for how we have used these resources that He has placed in our care