The type of soil we use for our gardens and crops can really make a difference. The right soils can produce a beautiful garden, good crops and abundant fruit. Other soils, not so much. We used to live in Nevada. It was hard to get things to grow there (except sagebrush and tumbleweeds and nasty things called “goatheads which have spikes that will go through a bicycle tire and don’t feel good on the feet). Other places we have been have lush green plants because they have that dark organic soil full of nutrients. How we hear and understand (and accept or not) God’s word is kind of like that, as Jesus explains in this parable.Continue reading “What God Sows”
Jesus reveals Himself throughout the Bible…even in the Old Testament. The Old Testament points us to Christ. Throughout the OT, God shows that we are sinners. He also shows that He loves us and provides a sacrifice for our sins, a way to eternal life. He shows us that He desires our heart. He is a God of mercy and love. The covenant He made with Abraham goes far beyond His Chosen People, the Israelites. He will bless all the nations through His Son, who would be the Lamb of sacrifice for us. Continue reading “The Angel of the Lord…The Lamb of God”
In a few days is my wife’s and my 21st anniversary! What a blessing God has given me to be happily married to a wonderful wife that I love. It is sad to see what the world has become when it comes to love and marriage, especially in American society. We have twisted the values of marriage, of love, of relationships and wonder why there is so much hatred and violence. We try to pass laws to “fix” the situations instead of going to the source…the home and the heart. Until those things are fixed, it’s not going to get better. We need more love, less selfishness. We need to raise our kids to love and respect others and how to treat our spouses. We need to make God the center of our home and our lives. Most of us know “the love chapter” in 1 Corinthians 13. You hear it in weddings often. We need to read through this carefully and live it. What else does God say about marriage?
In this series, I hope to remind everyone of God’s promises. It is something I need to remind myself from time to time. God always keeps His promises and what He says is always true. It is something we should always aspire to do. As Jesus said, “let your yes be yes, and your no, no.”
Today, we will discuss God’s unconditional love. He tells us that He will always love us. Our Father demonstrated that by sending His only Son to this earth to die for us. Jesus gave His life freely so that we may live. There is no greater love than that. Continue reading “God’s Promise: Unconditional Love”