Showing posts from January, 2015

He's More Than Enough

How can one define enough? In some instances, enough might be a whole lot of something.  At other times, enough might be just a little.

Most of the time more than enoughsounds like an impossibility; we can't even get enough, let alone more than enough.

Jesus provided a perfect picture of more than enough when he fed the multitudes (Luke 9). One small boy in the crowd had five loaves and two fish. Jesus took that small meal (which was enough for the boy) and blessing it, He made it more than enough for five thousand. In fact, there were twelve baskets of left overs once everyone had eaten.

The story of the loaves and fishes is such a perfect example of the way God so often works. I have found, over and over, that He wants us to give Him the little we have; in exchange, we get all that He has. 

When I was a young woman, my siblings and I had a Christian rock group. Our goal was to lift up Christ and draw people to Him. We were pretty devoted and gave up all other ambitions in pursuit of…

A Sabbath of Rest

Have you ever felt that you weren't good enough? I know I sure have.

The Bible tells us that all our righteousness is about as good as filthy rags. That tells me that no matter how hard I try, no matter how hard I work at it, I'll never be good enough in my own power. Romans tells us that all of us have sinned and fallen short of His glory.

In the fourth chapter of Hebrews we read: "There remains, then, a Sabbath-rest for the people of God; for anyone who enters God’s rest also rests from their works, just as God did from his. (Hebrews 4:9-10 NIV) 

What is the author really getting at? Is he talking about resting on Sundays? While resting on Sunday is a really good thing, I think he's talking about something much deeper in this verse.  He's talking about resting from our labor, our effort, our striving to attain, to be good enough. 
Several years ago, I had a dream that I went to heaven. It was a place of beauty beyond compare. I was awestruck and completely overwh…

New Every Morning

There's a whole lot of hoopla around a new year.  If you watched the ball drop in Time's Square or any of the other new year's events around the country, you probably saw a lot of joy and celebration.

I think one of the reasons that people love a new year is that it can represent a new beginning - a chance to start again.  It's a time when many people make resolutions to do something differently or break a bad habit. 

As Christians, we don't have to wait for the beginning of a new year.  The scripture tells us that his mercies are "new every morning." (Lamentations 3:23 ESV)

While we've heard about God's mercy and the enormity of his power to forgive, sometimes we have a hard time actually accepting it and walking in that forgiveness.

To not accept God's forgiveness - to believe that our sin is too great - is to make our sin more powerful than God.  If we say that God can't forgive our sin, whatever it is, in effect, we are saying - God is not…