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Does being sick mean I’m a sinner?

Four brought a paralyzed man and literally dropped him in front of Jesus. Healing was on their minds. Jesus responds, “Son, your sins are forgiven” (Mark 2:5). Does that strike you as a bit strange? Are all sick people sinners? Let’s start with the big picture. God did not create the world in bondage to sickness, disease,…

Lesson from my first flat

Finally, my own place! No parents, no family, no dorm, just me and my basement flat. I was free! Hmm, just a minute here. Who is going to fill the fridge? Who is going to make the meals? Who is going to clean the bathroom? Me? And so I learned that I wasn’t free to…

What is with the Mosaic Law?

As a kid I begrudgingly took piano lessons. My motivation was less than a turkey around Thanksgiving, but somehow I learned the basics of reading music. Sheet music is a great analogy for the purpose of the Mosaic Law. A musical score clearly indicates the notes required, if the tune is to be played rightly.…

Joy – Winning at life the Jesus Way

An encounter with the risen Lord left the women full of joy. Their positive outlook is not a perspective that is limited to the main actors of the first Easter morning. Joy can be, or better stated, should be, a legitimate label applied to our disposition too. But more times than we like to admit,…

Kingdom Client Cards

We were traveling outside of our home country anticipating that we could access our bank account using our client card. Not! Our attempts failed because our pin number was deemed invalid. Yikes! That put a real damper on things. John, the disciple of Jesus, writes to believers: Do not love the world or anything in…

Twisting Truth

They claimed a special and close relationship with God. That was a lie. It was a lie they promoted, a lie they believed and a lie that caused them to leave the Body of Christ. The beloved disciple, writes a letter (i.e., 1John) to respond to those dissenters and to affirm the faithful. John reminds his…