Build and Be Built

As I’ve been reading through Exodus, I was reminded of a crucial reality that applies for the people of God. As the LORD directed Moses to build the tabernacle He tells Moses about an individual named Bezalel of Judah. Concerning Bezalel the LORD says:

I have filled him with the Spirit of God, with wisdom, with understanding, with knowledge and with all kinds of skills Exodus 31:3

This is the first Biblical account of someone being filled with God’s Spirit. Although many of us fly past this verse, this is crucial for New Covenant believer to understand. Notice what is included in this filling!

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A Christian Response to Trouble

In the unprecedented time of the coronavirus pandemic, fear plays a role from every side. Whether you are fearful concerning where your income will come from, the state of our economy, the guarantee of our freedoms, or of COVID-19 itself, the situation that we find ourselves in is challenging for all of us. Perhaps you find yourself juggling between a combination of these things. Or you might have a simpler and more subtle fear. Whether you’ve been laid off, you’re just working from home, or you’re working from home while your kids are doing school at home, a more subtle question that we are all thinking is “When will things go back to normal?”

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The Reality of Fear during the Coronavirus Pandemic

AN UNPRECEDENTED TIME

Life feels shockingly different than it did just a month ago. This same feeling is being experienced all over the world by millions of people and the scale of this alone is hard to believe. When this feeling is coupled with the unknowns on the horizon and the looming threat of an invisible virus, it is not surprising that panic and chaos has come over the whole world. 

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Treasure in the Mundane

Wherever you are today, I hope you are encouraged by what you are about to read. Life is often not easy. I find myself stuck in each passing day and I know many other people feel the same way. The only thing that seems to break the mundanity is a unique challenge or the thought of some glorious journey that could shake things up. Even then, I find myself right back in the same daily routine. 

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The First Answer to Our Prayers

Imagine yourself going through your day. On this day you’re tired, thirsty, and ready to go home, but it isn’t even lunch yet. You are in need of a pick me up. You know the spot where you can buy a soda to help you make it through until you get real sustenance. You take a quick break to run to that blessed machine that will vend out that sugary goodness. As you finally get the few wrinkled bills that you carry with you into this machine, you hit the button for the soda or energy drink that you’re craving. You can hear it crashing violently through the machine. You find yourself full of expectancy as if the light at the end of the tunnel is coming from the machine’s dispenser. Then, in the big moment, it comes. 

A bottle of water. 

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Story to Witness

Themes. I can’t find a way to study the Bible without running into more of them. A few months ago I read a book that emphasized a few select passages from Mark’s Gospel. As I read, a theme came to mind that made the whole book of Mark sink in like never before. That night I put down the book I was reading and have not touched it since.

The next morning I began a slow and steady dissection of Mark in order to discover this new theme.

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An Entry on God’s Love

This post is a little different than normal (and way shorter). Most of you know me as very logical and theological, which is true, but every now and again I have an encounter while spending time with God that results in something more poetic. I wanted to share it for those who may benefit from it.

8/25/18

Today Kayla and I are getting some intentional time with You at Starbucks. I didn’t know what to do so I started listening to music. Usually I feel like listening to worship music is some sort of cop-out compared to seeking Your face, but this time I felt like Your face came to me! Your love dove in and invaded in a moment. I wanted something profound and You reminded me of Your love! May my heart be undone by Your extravagant love. Such kindness, gentleness, and patience have never come from another source! Your holiness is Your heart full of love. Your righteousness is every deed done completely for love. Your peace is Your eternal commitment to choose love no matter the cost. Your joy is Your love spreading, being received, and returning among Your creation.

I bless You, LORD of Heaven and Earth! Great and unending is the love of God! The love of the Almighty is the pillar of creation. Love is the paint of the True Artist. Everything You’ve done has been for love, and so You are deserving of our lives to be full of love for You in return and others in response. May we have love that appears as Yours truly is. Your love desires that love would increase and expand. Your dominion is a realm where Your love is the ground and the sky.

And so You desire that we would have dominion on Earth, not so we may rule, but so we may love and You love and so the world may know You…

What is the Wrath of God?

Head’s Up: This post is not meant to be a complete answer to everything related to the wrath of God. In fact, if you read this, you will likely have more questions than answers. For example, I do not seek to justify God’s wrath in the Old Testament. Instead, the goal is to see how the writers of the New Testament approached the wrath of God as a whole in order to understand how we can internalize it as a theology that leads to godliness and a more powerful witness of the goodness of God.

If you’ve ever heard about the wrath of God you likely think about what is typically called Judgement Day. The writers of the scriptures typically refer to this day as “The Day of the Lord.” The Old Testament speaks to this too and it is that reality that many of the first Christians had to deal with. Many of the early Christians knew it would be a day of blessing for those who are in Christ, but there was still fear circulating the expectation of that day. People had many questions then too! When would it come? What would it be like? How bad would it be?

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It’s All About A Wedding…

The first wedding that I had the honor of being a groomsman took place in August 2014. It was the first wedding where I got to see God put on display in the context of a wedding up close. As a groomsman I got to see the entire ceremony take place and I also knew the couple very well. As I stood there I began to realize how much symbolism there is in the modern day wedding ceremony that reflects the nature of the relationship between the Godhead (Father, Son, & Holy Spirit) and the Church (the Bride of Christ). Ever since then I dreamed of clearly conveying this reality at my own wedding. When Kayla and I got married, I did just that!

I don’t have a recording of what I shared but I do have everything I wrote out (and mostly memorized) while leaving room for some on-the-spot creativity. I wanted to share it so that you could read it and learn for yourself how so much of the wedding ceremony displays our hope in an even greater wedding day to come.

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