Jesus Lite, Part 2

The call of Christ to repent (turn away from sin) is radical. Many Christians have asked Jesus for forgiveness (confession) . . . but still haven’t repented. In other words, they’ve never walked away from some of the sin they’ve sought forgiveness for. Many hold onto some “favorite sins,” attend church, join in the praise […]

Jesus Lite

I have fond memories of being able to purchase $3 worth of chocolate-covered peanuts from the candy counter at Sears Department store when I was a little girl. The candy counter has been gone for a long time, and the peanuts, popcorn and chocolates have been replaced with flat-screen TVs, tablets and remotes. The more […]

Gimme, Gimme, Gimme

Maybe you’ve been taught that it’s impolite to ask for more. But I’ve discovered a place where it’s expected and desired for you to ask for more! Where? At the feet of Jesus. He desires us to want more of Him! So each day I’m asking, “Give me more of You, Jesus!” And just what […]

Second Chance

“ ‘Give it one more chance,’ the gardener answered. ‘Leave it another year, and I’ll give it special attention and plenty of fertilizer. If we get figs next year, fine; if not, I’ll cut it down’ ” (Luke 13:8-9 TLB).   There were no figs on this tree—only leaves. This parable is about us individually, […]

Enjoy the Lord

King David had just witnessed the successful delivery of the Ark of the Covenant. (2 Samuel 6:12-15). This was certainly cause for celebration, because earlier in this same chapter, Uzzah had been unsuccessful in his delivery of the Ark. Have you ever been so full of joy that you couldn’t contain it? If so, you […]

You’re the One!

Last week we chatted about King David’s sin with Bathsheba. It all began with being in the wrong place at the wrong time. His defenses were down. He wasn’t guarding his heart.   After Bathsheba became pregnant, David had her husband (Uriah) killed. We can’t be certain how much time passed, but eventually Nathan the […]

A Wrong Place, Wrong Time

King David, though, a mighty warrior, sinned when he lusted after Bathsheba. That sin led to another sin—sleeping with her—and when she became pregnant, David simply continued to dig himself deeper into a pit of sin.   You may recall that he brought her husband in from war to sleep with her, so he could […]