How can we summarize Isaiah? Is the book a collection of 66 chapters about a man names Isaiah? Does the book only apply to the people of Israel in a time long past? Is the book of Isaiah a prophetic view of God working through humanity despite the inherent unfaithfulness exhibited? How does the way […]
What is Isaiah 66 describing? Are we told about the future of Israel, the future of the church, or the collective future of humanity? The language speaks of the birth, death, rebellion, and even restoration. Often we become bogged down in the minutia of the text. How should we interpret these verses? When we vehemently […]
“Will you restrain yourself at these things, O LORD? Will you keep silent, and afflict us so terribly?” Isaiah 64:12 Why is life difficult? Why does such evil dwell in the hearts of men? Did I do something to deserve this treatment, this life? “There is no one who calls upon your name, who rouses himself […]
God is Hope. God is Promise. God is Restoration. God is Holy. God is Father. God is. “You shall no more be termed Forsaken, and your land shall no more be termed Desolate, but you shall be called My Delight Is in Her, and your land Married; for the LORD delights in you, and your […]
How has life become like this? Can I honestly talk to anyone, can anyone relate or understand? I am on a hopeless journey of life with no prospect for my future. What was once filled with joy, peace, and hope has become a deafening silence of the soul that speaks to my longing. Can you […]
Why do we go to church? It’s what my parents always did. I want my children to go. Why do you read your Bible?Reading the Bible makes me a better person. Has your faith in God become a status or merit badge which you cling to? Oh yes, I am a christian; I’d never do […]
“Thus says the LORD: ‘Keep justice, and do righteousness, for soon my salvation will come, and my deliverance be revealed.'” Isaiah 56:1 The message within Isaiah 56 and 57 talks of two groups of people, those who set their hearts toward God and those who set their hearts away from God. The message proclaimed is […]
I love how Scripture is poignantly intentional to hit at the heart of the human condition. God designed us to be complete but when we allowed sin to entice and separate us from Him we became completely incomplete. We are all craving acceptance and identity and more often we define ourselves by what we do […]
Such beauty seen from the grandstand of life is seldom beheld as is seen in Isaiah chapters 52 and 53. We read the beautiful foreshadowing of our present day Hope and Faith. “How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him who brings good news, who publishes peace, who brings good news of happiness, […]
Who are you? More precisely put, what defines you? Is identity defined by what we do, what we know, or what we posses? Is our identity fixed and defined from birth depending on our parents? Can identity change? “Listen to me, you who pursue righteousness, you who seek the LORD: look to the rock from […]
I have passed an incredible personal milestone. On Friday August 22, 2014 I celebrated an important two year anniversary. I started on a journey full of learning, failure, and discouragement in 2012 when I weighed over 470 pounds. I felt sluggish and I was not making progress losing weight despite my consistent time working out in the gym. I assumed there was a medical condition causing my heavy weight. I went to my doctor seeking the diagnosis for my problem. I was excited to finally have a finger to point blame for my problem and a condition to use to explain why I weighted so much.
As I sat talking to my doctor it became apparent that I was healthy with no problems. That was good news yet the smoking gun I was hoping for didn’t exists in the same way as I had hoped. My doctor told me that I was overweight and needed to make lifestyle changes. I’ve heard that said to me before, this time I listened to the words as they sunk in.
I don’t believe you. I’m only going to eat that way because you’ve told me to.
My life transformation began as I sat in a dietician’s office beginning my reeducation of how to eat correctly. I openly told her that I didn’t believe her when she said that if I ate 3300 calories a day that I would lose weight. On that August afternoon my journey began.
As part of my reeducation I needed to document what I ate everyday. I’ll be honest that the idea of logging everything I ate was overwhelming to say the least. The tool I chose to help me track my food was MyFitnessPal. Logging was critical because I needed to build an honest, truthful, and consistent habit with myself. I needed to own up and realize that I was the one controlling my food intake and that the choices I made each day impacted my long term health and weight loss.
My lifestyle changed as I logged my calories each day. I began to learn how to choose healthy calories to make each item I ate. I’ll admit that there were many moments when I became discouraged as my nutrition lifestyle transformed. In those moment I kept meeting with my dietician to seek encouragement to persevere when it seemed like nothing was happening. Over the last two years of my journey I have lost one hundred and ten pounds. I am amazed to be on this side of the learning curve. By the end of 2014 I plan on losing an additional 30 pounds and by the end of 2015 I want to find out what my maintenance weight will be. My journey has been wonderful and I hope you will find encouragement for yourself. If you have questions for me please leave a message as I would love to encourage you in your journey.
As I have been prepping for the upcoming Easter season I have been saturating myself with readings throughout the Bible. Today I read Romans chapter 11 and I was amazed at how God shows no partiality. In the world today we are all jockeying and vying for the top spot. We want to find the competitive advantage against the world around us. Paul is telling us in Romans that it doesn’t matter who you are. What you have done. You are unable, unqualified, and unexceptional in this life. You can read all the self help books you want but there is nothing for you to do.
For God has consigned all to disobedience, that he may have mercy on all. Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways! “For who has known the mind of the Lord, or who has been his counselor?” “Or who has given a gift to him that he might be repaid?” For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever. Amen. (Romans 11:32-36 ESV)
Did you catch that! Do you see it?! God, the maker of heaven and earth, who is all powerful, consigned all to disobedience. consign |kənˈsīn| verb [ with obj. ] deliver (something) to a person’s custody, typically in order for it to be sold We were given over to disobedience. Why? What!? Huh? So that God’s mercy would be given to all. How amazing is that. This has blown my mind today. I am awestruck at how much God loves me. For in Him and through Him I am everything. Take heart my fellow pilgrims. God is for us. We can trust in His faithfulness in the midst of our chaotic lives.
I can still remember the distinct odor and aroma permeating my apartment. It smelt as if a festering bog had taken up residence in my apartment without my knowledge. Remarkably the smell grew slowly day by day until it was impossible to overlook. It is amazing how forgotten broccoli smells as it decomposes in the bottom refrigerator drawer. The broccoli was spoiled and completely without value. Upon discovery of the aroma’s source I acted swiftly to rectify the problem. The remnant of the broccoli was discarded, the drawer was throughly cleaned, and anything tainted by the spoiled food was discarded. So what does this have to do with Jeremiah? (more…)
He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. (Colossians 1:15, 16 ESV)
Can that which has been broken be made whole again? A classic children’s nursery rhyme states, “Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall, Humpty Dumpty had a great fall. All the king’s horses and all the king’s men Couldn’t put Humpty together again.” In this rhyme children learn at an early age that there are some things become irrevocably broken. […]
“You are beautiful…” “You are the smartest person I know…” “You make so much money…” “Your house is awesome…” “Your children are so successful…” “You are the best cook…” “You set the trend…” We often find ourselves giving and receiving compliments. A compliment has the power to uplift, encourage, and motivate. It is often humbling […]
What do you hear when you listen to the collective voice of popular culture and belief? What do shows like American Idol or The X Factor tell us l about ourselves? We hear the call beckoning us to trust that a world of unlimited potential is within our grasp; we are only limited by ourselves. […]