Luke 15 is known as the parable of the Prodigal Son. Many think the word 'prodigal' has to do with the sin of being far from home. But the meaning goes much deeper than that! Prodigal: reckless, wasteful, extravagant to spend without reservation, restraint, or regret Prodigal most often is applied to the attitude of the … Continue reading The Prodigal
Too often throughout our day, our focus is on everything except Christ. Our days are so filled at times it can almost seem to minimize our risen Lord. So I will pose the question – What are you focused on? What would merit such a reaction and cause you to jump out of your boat?
I was recently watching a TV show and saw a character, a grown man, who was talking about his list of "mortal enemies." The comical part was the reasons the man had that led them to get on his list. One "enemy" was a TV character he idolized who failed to make a scheduled appearance the man had attended as a child. Another was "on the list" for opening the package of a collectible toy that apparently was valuable. The reasons this guy had "enemies" was not because they committed some atrocious act against him; in many cases the reason had practically nothing to do with things the "enemy" had done but was instead about his reaction and his pettiness.
I hate it when I make a mess. Don't you? It makes me feel like a klutz, a loser, a failure. Some messes are accidents - and some aren't. Some are random and some are the results of our terrible choices... I work hard not to motivate people with regret and guilt because I know that … Continue reading Making a Mess
While reading through a devotional book, my wife asked me this simple question, “What does being saved mean to you?” In a poor attempt to flex my spiritual muscles and show her how well versed I was in theology, I fired off a line of seminary answers that were sure to dazzle her mind. She responded with an answer I wasn’t suspecting, “No, that’s what being saved IS… I'm asking what does it MEAN to YOU!”
A friend of mine recently had a conversation with a young man regarding the college basketball coach, Rick Pitino, and the negative media attention he has received concerning allegations that have recently been brought against him. Maybe you have asked yourself, “How could he do such a thing?” After all, people of influence are held to a higher standard; they are expected to conquer the very desires that defeat us. And so the greater question would be: “How could anyone do such a thing?” But the answer is clear; the Bible tells us that all people are affected by sin and selfishly motivated to fulfill their own desires. No one is exempt from the power of lust and self-fulfillment; no one can conquer it on their own.