suppose a family member invites you to a birthday party? You get the e-vite in the inbox, and then you have to decide, “Will I attend?” How do you decide? Is it because you don’t have anything else on the calendar? Do you go out of obligation? What if you hurt their feelings? Do you blame it on work? How many times do you find yourself driving across Texas ...Keep Reading
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The first thing to realize is that charging interest increases the money supply. We know the Greek’s understood this because their word for interest, tokos, means birth or offspring. They equated charging interest with multiplication like breeding animals or planting for harvest. For example, if I borrow $100 to buy something, and I have to pay back $110, that means the price for me is really $110. Over time little by little these transactions can increase the money supply....
Even before the people of Israel entered the Promised Land, God gave them the system of laws He wanted their new nation to live by. If you read through the Mosaic Law in Exodus, Numbers, Leviticus, and Deuteronomy you notice that most of the laws are about how to worship Yahweh properly, how to treat each other on a personal level, and how to make restitution to victims of crime. There isn’t much law governing their economy, but the idea in the Leviticus passage below shows up several times....
Any human idea or system is not going to be perfect. There will always be opportunities for misuse. Some argue that it is inherent to capitalism for powerful people to exploit others. Others believe exploitation can only be accomplished by moving away from capitalism toward a more centrally controlled economy. I don’t have the ability to identify which is which. What I want to do in this article is to think through what should happen to the common person when a free market economy is left to itself. Does any of this relate to the Bible and Christianity? Yes! When you read through the Bible, it looks like the backdrop is a world where there is a free market, private property, and people making choices to materially better their lives. ...
How does the Lord respond when we turn to sin over and over and over?...
Whether it’s where we should be in our career or our marital status, or how much money we should be making, or how many close friends we should have, most of the world around us and the inner dialogue of our flesh is screaming “You’re not enough!” Or, another way I’ve heard this message is, “You’re doing it wrong!”There is a cosmic gap between who we are today and who we were created to be. There is a chasm between where we are today and where we should be. And this is actually good news. It is because of Christ, and his work in his life, death, resurrection, we are more than enough....
What would it look like to submit the whole of your income to Jesus and ask Him, "What does He want?" On January 20th our church family hosts an event called Yearly Planning Event, and our hope is that this time on a Saturday will be a strategic move for you to submit the whole of your life to Jesus. ...Keep Reading
“Time with Jesus” includes a time of prayer (either speaking or journaling confession, repentance and surrendering my heart and plans to God's sovereign will, etc.) and reading scripture. Any given day there's typically a lot on my heart, whether it be personal things or marriage or children or friends or work, the list goes on and on ... and surrendering it all before...Keep Reading
Prayer is one way of communicating with God. We see it modeled throughout all of scripture. I often reference the book of Psalms to find comfort by reading prayers written by others. Even Jesus modeled prayer for us; as you read the gospels, there are many instances where Jesus is talking with the Father....Keep Reading
What’s the first thing that comes to your mind when you think about what defines you? Is it your career? The number of projects you’re able to see through. The deadlines you can meet. How well you get along with co-workers and your boss. Is it who you know and who knows you? The circle of friends that you have. The number of followers you have on Insta......Keep Reading
Now, the metaphor of a woman being able to give birth to children is a powerful metaphor today, but in Isaiah’s day it would have been an even stronger description, because there was incredible pressure on women in the ancient culture to give birth to as many children as possible....Keep Reading
Follow your passion! It is a common message you hear in the 21st century USA. Get excited and run after your dreams! It is exciting even to type that out. Find the thing you are good at today, the thing you really enjoy doing and make your life about that. I could never tell someone not to do that, but what if the thing I enjoy isn’t the thing I am good at? What if...Keep Reading
In Isaiah 41 the chapter ends with the God of Scripture describing the weak idols of their day like sex, power, comfort, and says, “Their worthless and empty” and in chapter 42, verse 1 we see the contrast of those weak, worthless idols with the word, “Behold.”...Keep Reading
In Isaiah 9 we see a people who are living in a dark and gloomy land, but there is a promise of a glorious light promised in a future person who will bring joy to the world. ...Keep Reading
In Malachi 4, verse 2 we see the word, “but,” because in verse 1 the Lord says, "Behold a day of judgment is coming" but "for those who fear His name, the sun of righteousness will rise with healings in its wings."...Keep Reading