A Jigsaw Marriage Picture

What can you do when conflict has become the “new normal” of your home?  When there is a spark we expect things to go poorly and we only wonder, “How intense will it get this time?” The first thing that we must do is stop trying to avoid...

Jesus Redefines Expectations — Mark 2:15-28

Not the Healthy, But the Sick (v. 17) The big question we need to ask from this verse is, “Do I see my need?”  Jesus was not asking the Pharisees to be more compassionate (“allow the sinners and tax collectors to repent”); he was confronting their blindness (“you do...

The Kingdom of God Arrives — Mark 1:14-31

The Kingdom of God is at Hand, So… The first words of Jesus (red letters) in the Gospel of Mark are, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel (v. 15).”  I think if we are honest, most of us hear the word “repent” with...

A Psalm of Truth AND Suffering — Psalm 119

I, Me, My, Mine to You, Your, LORD Often because of its length and focus upon God’s Word we often lose the personal-ness of Psalm 119.  This psalm is much more intimate than it is academic; relational than theological.  God’s Word is not viewed as a textbook or...