The Modern-Day Prodigal Son

One Sunday after service, a minister decided to order the #1 on the Wendy’s menu, with a Frosty added of course, before taking a seat at a nearby table. It wasn’t long, before a group of men who were cussing and speaking profane things, with the stench of beer still on their breaths from the night before, joined the minister at his table. Turning a table of one into a table of many.

At another table close by, some folks who had listened to the minister’s sermon earlier that morning, began to grumble amongst themselves, saying, “This man receives sinners and eats with them.” Of course, being at a table nearby, and the churchgoers not being the most quiet of gossipers, the minister heard their words.

He then calmly dipped another fry into his Frosty and munched on it, before speaking in a mild voice, yet loud enough for the other table to hear: Continue reading

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Jesus Loves You

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life (John 3:16).

“Jesus Loves Me,” is perhaps one of the most well known Christian songs around the globe. Not only are its lyrics simple, which makes it easy to translate:

  • Cristo me ama, bien lo se, (Spanish)
  • Jesus liebt mich, dies weiß ich (German)
  • Anipenda ni kweli, (Swahili)
  •  我を愛す (Japanese)

but they also ring true, and carry with them a message that needs to be heard, addressing a need within every heart: the desire to be loved.

That is why I argue that this song, is much more important than being just another children’s song. Indeed, it is a beautiful song to sing with your children, but I also believe that it’s something more. Something with a rich tradition and a powerful legacy behind it: Continue reading

The Ultimate Gift

Walmart is busy this time of year. So if you’re praying for patience, it’s the place to go. And Amazon’s working overtime to deliver goodies and gifts before the December 25th deadline. For many stores, Christmastime is perhaps the busiest time of the year. Why? Because everyone is shopping for gifts.

One of the many traditions of Christmas, is the exchanging of presents. One reason why some stores, *cough Walmart, begin Christmas in August. Businesses love selling stuff. It makes them money. And it’s also natural for us to like getting presents. Oh, the sweet, sweet dopamine that is released as we strip away the decorative wrapping to see what is inside. However, I would like to remind us, that though it’s fun to get, Christmas is not about getting; it’s about giving. Continue reading

GO!

Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. And when they saw him they worshiped him, but some doubted. And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. GO therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:16-20):

The Hands of Jesus

There’s a painting upon a wall,
Of my Lord, Jesus Christ,
Etched in paints and colors,
Depicting a man of light.
To each the painting means something a little different,
To some a foe a myth,
But to the Christian a Savior and friend.

To many they see his eyes,
Warmed by the love the painter tries to show,
While others they notice his blood,
Horrified by the gruesome death and gore.
Yet others notice his skin,
How it’s not historically correct,
But when I see this painting of Jesus,
I can’t help but to be drawn to his hands. Continue reading

The Spirit and the Dove

There are many themes that are seen throughout the Bible, such as how God tries to draw close to humanity as man distances himself again and again from his Creator (ex. Adam and Eve choosing to eat the fruit to ‘become like God’ instead of obeying His one rule, the people of Israel choosing Moses to represent them before Yahweh instead of having a personal relationship with Him themselves, and the people of Israel choosing a king to govern them so they could be like the other nations, instead of recognizing Yahweh as their king), or how the Lord uses water to save His people again and again (ex. the Flood, the Red Sea, and baptism). It’s neat how parts of the Bible from book to book or testament to testament connect so intimately. With that said, there may be one small theme that is also present within the words of Scripture; however, with little evidence, it’s hard to know for sure. Nevertheless, I’ll present this idea for your consideration. Continue reading