Abraham and Isaac: Utterly flawed, receivers of God’s grace

As I’ve been reading through the Old Testament, I’ve noticed a few trends. I’ve noticed the flaws of the players. I’ve noticed that the Old Testament is a great picture of God’s grace. This, along with reading Preston Sprinkle’s book Charis, has made me more in awe of what God has in store for us.

The story of Abraham is a great one, so why not start at the beginning? In Genesis 12, the Lord promises Abram land, a nation, and to bless and protect his family. What a great promise! In our lives, how encouraging and motivating is it for someone to believe in us? God… GOD… believed in Abram. How motivating! It makes you want to run through that wall. In response, after God tells Abram land will be his, he enters Egypt. Upon entering Egypt, he feared Pharaoh would kill him to take his wife. So what did he do? Trusted God, right? NO! Of course not! He and Sarai hatched a plan to pass her off as his sister. This is great, until Pharaoh finds out. Spoiler: 25 years later, Abraham and Sarah hatched the same plan again, not learning their lesson the first time: God was watching out for them. Continue reading >

Tragedy and Avoiding a Spirit of Fear

Let’s just get this out there: I am by no means an expert. This is just one man’s humble opinion. But, as a nation, I’m slightly disturbed when I look at the reactions to tragedy lately. What I see is a nation fearful of all the possibilities. A nation fearful without researching the issues, willing to give up rights with no regard to reason.

This all started with September 11th. Everyone, shocked by the terror attacks, wanted revenge and the feeling of security. In response, we started wars and gave up freedoms. All for a good cause, but all very reactionary. Continue reading >

Our Willpower: How it drives us and what this means

I recently read an article on the power of your willpower. Why do some people have a lot of willpower and others don’t? Why are some things so easy to “be strong” on and others so hard? Everyone asks themselves these questions, but we are all left wondering…   This article references a study that shows that willpower is like a muscle… it develops and gets stronger when you put it to use. More “exercise” of your willpower, and your willpower gets stronger. The research also showed that willpower in one area of your life often rubs off and gives you willpower in other areas of your life. It also shows that willpower will tend to be weaker after you’ve exerted yourself and decrease some of your “willpower reserve.”   As the article states, this shows the importance of exercise. Willpower and the power of our mind has always been a topic that I’ve been fairly passionate about. I feel that our mind has the power to change literally almost anything and everything we know about ourselves. Your mind is THAT POWERFUL. Isn’t that a crazy thought? With that in mind, let’s look at what society says:  


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