Archive for December, 2014

“You are the LIGHT of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light SHINE before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.” (Matthew 5:14-16)

God out and shine in the darkness — you’ll be glad you did! 
And so will He…


The most radical thing in all of creation is LOVE.
And the most radical expression of Love
is true FORGIVENESS, from the heart.

May your New Year be a year filled
with radical expressions of love.

“Blessed are the merciful…”

He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.” (Mark 16:15-16)

Universalism is a deception — and whoever teaches it is deceived. Only those who actually CHOOSE Jesus as God and Lord and Savior will be saved.  The “Great Commission” was given because there was actually a need for it.  There was a need for the “already saved ones” to co-operate with the Holy Spirit so that others could be saved as well.  That is why the Holy Spirit came — to empower us to be His witnesses throughout the earth.  And we waste a great miracle and grace if we do not.

“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” (Acts 1:8)

grinch - LW

Which GRINCH is trying to steal your Christmas?  Maybe it’s the Grinch of Unforgiveness.  Maybe it’s the Grinch of Bitterness or Resentment.  Regardless of which Grinch it is, we don’t have to let him get away with it!  Because of Jesus’ victory on the Cross, and His Presence in us, we have been given the strength to really let go of these things and be healed — such a wonderful Christmas Gift that is.

“Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.” (Colossians 3:13)

“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” (Philippians 4:13)

“And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.” (2 Corinthians 9:8)

Here is a very short video I made about Christmas.
I hope you will watch it — it’s my heart for you during this season.

“Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, for man’s anger does not bring about the righteous life that God desires.”
(James 1:19-20)

Now is a time when we should be unplugging from noise and tumult and knee-jerk reactions. Now is a time to be listening to the Spirit.  That, I believe, is the way of peace and revelation and true objectivity in this season.