I understand better the dangers Jesus discussed so incisively in the Sermon on the Mount: how quickly we accuse others of murder and neglect our own anger, or adultery and neglect our own lust. Grace dies when it becomes us versus them.
I love well researched and written works. I believe that God entrusts us with gifts and means to communicate. With that our obligation is to do the best with what we have and leave the rest to God's Spirit. Any communication of any message, any preaching of God's Word must be done well. Matt Chandler (with Jared Wilson) have done a splendid job in a great work, "The Explicit Gospel". I will do a review of it when I'm done with it. It is probably one of the best books (besides the Bible, of course) that communicates the Gospel in a non-complex, Continue Reading [...]
I have opinions. Many opinions. I sometimes think I know more than I really do. Sometimes I convince myself of that. At other times I am so blinded by “my convictions” (whatever that is). I blindly believe and act according to what I think is best. I do this for me... The sad thing is that I also impose this on others, as well. And, worst of all, I try to recruit God to my side of the "judgment lines", when He doesn't do what I think He should be. Like He needs to be convinced I'm right... There are times I’ve had my opinions about others Continue Reading [...]
It is not always easy being vulnerable about struggles with myself in relating to God and what He expects of me. I wish I was super spiritual. The thing is, growing up as a Christian there were times I was made to believe that the more you matured spiritually the less you struggled with stuff. That you were impervious to temptation and unChrist-like behavior. I wish I knew earlier that it was OK, fine, to struggle with stuff. I'm not saying that it is fine to give into temptation but that temptation and other struggles of being a Christ follower Continue Reading [...]
I'd like to think that I am God's sole focus. That God has nothing better to do in multiverse but love me and wait for me to give Him an assignment. To meet my needs. If the rest of the world is anything like me, God must have His hands full. Somehow He seems to care about people who He actually sends other people to them. Like I've said before, when the hurting pray, God sends people. This makes me wonder and shudder; at the thought of how much hurt I've allowed to continue because of my unresponsiveness. I'm freaking out at the thought I haven't Continue Reading [...]
I lived with the fear of "missing God's purpose for my life". In fact, my teens were torture. I was more scared of "missing God's purpose for my life" than I was obsessed with "finding it". What if I God didn't tell me what He put me on the earth for? What if He is saying it and I'm just too dumb to get it? It is like everyone but me knew what God put him or her on the earth for. They had a clear picture. All I had, and still have, is the sense that there is something 'great' (whatever that means) that God has for and through my life. I'm sometimes Continue Reading [...]
I was quick to judge. Discussed with others about how disgusting her performance was. In my head I used disgusting. In my heart I judged. Disdain. How could she? Incredulous. What's wrong with this girl? She should know better... How could she? As if I was any better. I'm not on an a platform as big as the one she has. I don't have as many eyes on me... I may not have the issues she has but I do have issues. We all have issues. I should be a grace dispenser. God sends me to love people the way He does. Judgement is easy for the callous hearts. Continue Reading [...]
The Bible is full of real stories, with real people who faced real challenges. They had real shortcomings, real failure and real success. This is the heart of I Am Jonah, to make following Christ and the challenges in staying on that path real. God has assignments for everyone. Even Jonah, that guy who God knew would meander on the way his assignment, got an assignment. Most of the things God has given to me as assignments have been beyond me. Even after a while of being in the assignment I continue to doubt myself. I guess it is good in some Continue Reading [...]