"The Lord gives, and the Lord takes away. Blessed be the Name of the Lord." -Job 1:21 Job knew the sting the heart feels when God takes away what you love. When God gives. Then takes away. Many of us face this pain in life. The pain that remains when God takes away something you … Continue reading When God Takes Away What You Love
“Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you in turmoil within me? Hope in God; for I shall again praise Him, my salvation and my God.” –Psalm 42:5-6a It’s easy to feel defeated in the midst of life’s disappointments. To feel broken. Confused. Hopeless. Sad. Empty. But with the help of … Continue reading God’s Purpose in Disappointment
Love beckons a lover to come and dwell. To come and sit. To come and rest. To come and be. Did you know that Jesus Himself beckons you? That’s right. The King of the world… The Maker of the stars… The Artist of the heavens… Jesus. God incarnate. Jesus. He beckons you! Jesus beckons … Continue reading Loving Jesus for Jesus: Dwelling With the Lord in Love Strengthens You
The recent events surrounding unjust killings along with the steady escalation of racial tension in America are grieving to witness. This isn’t what we were created for. This is not who we are. No one wins in this. God created us to be like Him. To reflect His goodness. To demonstrate His grace. To show … Continue reading God Did Not Create Us to Hate Each Other
Someone needs to hear this today. Please know it…God loves to make you smile! He loves you. A lot. A lot a lot!!! “Behold my servant, whom I uphold, my chosen, in whom my soul delights; I have put my Spirit upon him; he will bring forth justice to the nations.” –Isaiah 42:1 Did you … Continue reading God Loves to Make You Smile!
Why love God? Why want Him? Is He really worth our devotion? Worth our very lives? In effort to love God, I find that I fail every day. So why even keep trying to love Him? Should I give up and stop trying? Surely not. Should I abandon Him? Surely not. For quite some time, … Continue reading Why Love God?
What a loaded passage. The passage of Mary and Jesus. Her wiping His feet. Anointing Him. Dirtying her hair. Loving the one most precious to her. In the face of ridiculers. In the face of those who didn’t think Jesus was worth that. To humiliate oneself for another was not acceptable. But Mary didn’t care. … Continue reading Lavish Your Love on Jesus: John 12:3-7
People want love. And nightlife offers it. Or so we think. There’s an enchantment to nightlife. Glimmer. Attraction. Allure. It can pull you in like a magnet. And grab you before you realize you’re taken. Halloween landed this weekend so me, my roommate and friends went out. Strolling through uptown with cars barely inching their … Continue reading Halloween, Love, and Strip Clubs
God’s love has never seemed fully unconditional to me. Before, I used to try to find reasons for God loving me. Before, there would always be something that I had done that I thought was good, simmering in the back of my mind to validate God’s reason to want to love me. And in the … Continue reading When I Can’t Find A Reason for God to Love Me
(You can listen to my message on this same topic at http://fbcbf.com/sermons/what-do-you-desire-most) As human beings, we are so needy for love and respect. God knows this full well. He designed us to be that way. One might think it's rather cruel for God to create us with such unquenchable desire, but ironically this exists as … Continue reading What Do You Desire Most?