What does God consider to be evil, displeasing abominations? Blasphemy? Premeditated murder? Rape? Interestingly, while those are without a doubt all bad, the abominations listed in Isaiah 66 are hallmarks of Old Testament religion: animal sacrifice, grain offerings and burnt incense. The perpetrators of such abominable sins of religion are indicted by God as having […]
Starbucks – Kapahulu After trashing Starbuck’s AT&T wifi abysmallys slow speeds, I was delighted to discover that Starbucks Kapahulu switched over to Google for wifi. Speed is nice! Shweeet!
We went to a well-attended conference today in Miyoshi, a suburb of Nagoya, where the main speaker was a pastor from Tanzania named Josephat Gwajima whose church, Glory of Christ Tanzania Church (old website), has some twenty six thousand members and 4,800 leaders.
This is one of the most encouraging and challenging messages I’ve heard in a long time. Can you believe that Joy Dawson is 84 years old? She is so alive and full of conviction. She’s a great, no-nonsense Bible teacher. I like how she makes no apologies for sharing verse after verse. Unlike some speakers, […]
My wife has had severe nausea due to pregnancy for the last five weeks. For two Sundays we were house bound. So we had church at home. We had worship on YouTube and watched a sermon on iBethel.tv. Church in bed was great! Praise God for the Internet! Last night we were talking to some […]
The Bible teaches Christians to not be unequally yoked with an unbeliever when entering into partnering relationships (2 Corinthians 6:14-18). The reasoning behind this command, like all other commands in Scripture, is not to lay oppressive burdens upon people designed to control or limit them. Instead, we will be blessed when we obey these wise […]
If anyone hears my words and does not keep them, I do not judge him; for I did not come to judge the world but to save the world. The one who rejects me and does not receive my words has a judge; the word that I have spoken will judge him on the last […]
And in the hearing of all the people he said to his disciples, Beware of the scribes, who like to walk around in long robes, and love greetings in the marketplaces and the best seats in the synagogues and the places of honor at feasts, who devour widows’ houses and for a pretense make long […]
Ten Healed of Leprosy (Luke 17:11-19) Now on his way to Jerusalem, Jesus traveled along the border between Samaria and Galilee. As he was going into a village, ten men who had leprosy met him. They stood at a distance and called out in a loud voice, “Jesus, Master, have pity on us!” When he […]
Become Corporate via Individuation and Internalization The Sanfords define the goal of maturity as “becoming corporate”. In this chapter, they throw around big words such as individuation, internalization and incorporation. It might be difficult to follow, but if you dig in and think about this chapter there are valuable gems to be found. Normally we […]
Please pray for our neighbors on our block in Hamamatsu where we live. Pray that: God would draw them to Himself (John 6:44) they desire to know God (2 Chron. 15:4, Acts 17:27) God would give them faith (Eph. 2:8-9) they understand and believe the truth (Rom. 10:17, 1Thess. 2:13) they would know the Father-heart […]
They say women want love and men want respect. I’m thinking about respect this morning. I want it but how much do I give it? “Do unto others as you want them to do unto you” (Luke 6:31). I think most of the time, I’m not respectful toward others in the privacy of my mind. […]
Parental Inversion and Substitute Mate When a parent is immature, incapable or unavailable, a child may sometimes take responsibility for that parent, sacrificing their childhood in order to fulfill the role of the errant parent. This is called parental inversion. Sometimes the parent is not only MIA (missing in action) as a parent but also […]
Spiritual Parenting If you are in the red, it’s great to get out of debt. But its even better to be in the black. It’s not enough just to go from negative to zero. Who wants to stay a big fat zero … i.e. broke? In the same way, once the lost are found, they […]
Letting Go of Your Past, a book by John & Paula Sanford, is part of the curriculum of the Elijah House Basic I training course which Elisabeth and I took last summer at our church, Living Streams Christian Fellowship. I’m finally getting around to reading the book. This is a book summary where every blog […]