Jesus went around talking a lot of what the kingdom of heaven was like. He, Himself, was a visual representation of how valuable the kingdom of heaven really was. He showed us what true love really was by the way that He lived. Love like His had never been experienced so tangibly. I’m not forgetting the whole Old Testament and how God so beautifully preserved and cared for His people. I’m talking about the tangible love that was on display before the world. Tangible in the sense that people could touch him. Children could climb into his lap and listen to his heart beating or that sound of laughter from inside His chest. I’m talking about His touch that could heal any disease. He could physically lift up the head that was bowed in shame and show the recipient His total and complete love for them. Tangible. His love was visibly seen and physically felt.Read More
One day, my mom and I went to the store, came out and the vending machines were all out of regular Dr. Pepper. I think there might have been one real one left, and then she made the decision to try the Diet Dr. Pepper. They taste the same, right? Keep in mind, I'm pretty sure that my mom (in various seasons of her life) has survived on Dr. Pepper. She drinks a lot of it. She is very familiar with how the real stuff is supposed to taste.
She took one sip of the diet Dr. Pepper and immediately regretted it. I took a sip (remember, it was a new and novel thing) and we both can attest to the fact that Diet Dr. Pepper is NOT the same as regular Dr. Pepper. When you've tasted the REAL thing, nothing else even compares!Read More
How do you typically respond when you have been wronged? Do you run to your friends and talk about how unfair your situation is? Do you bury your hurt feelings deep within your heart and allow it to fester?
What if, instead of running to our nearest confidante, we choose to pray, praise, and worship? How would that change our outlook on our situation? How could it expand our perspective? How might others be impacted by this baffling choice?Read More