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The Eternally Loving Father

I remember when I was a child living in New York, my father would lift me up on top of his shoulders and run me around the apartment. As he would do this I would grab hold of his beard and hold on for dear life. As I think back, I know that must have been excruciatingly painful for him. Yet in those moments I just knew that my father loved me.

In the Bible, God is described as three co-eternal Persons. There’s God the Son, God the Holy Spirit and then there’s God the Father. Did you know that God is the eternal Father? Now I can already hear you saying to me, “How can I relate to God as Father? My father was never around? Or “My father was abusive.” Or “My father abandoned me when I was a child.” Or “I don’t even know who my father is.”

Please hear me. If that is you, then God says to you today, “No. I am not your earthly father. I am your Heavenly Father.” And when the Bible describes what your heavenly Father is like, it says in 1 John 4:8, “God is love.” He loved you so much that, the Bible says in John 3:16, He gave His only begotten Son, that if you believe in Him, you will have eternal life. He is your eternally loving Father and He will not abandon, abuse or leave you. God says to you today, “I am your Father.”




Give Him Your Trash

You know, I never used to like taking out the trash. I mean who likes taking out the trash anyway? It smells and you’re always amazed at how quickly it accumulates. And to make it even worse, if you forget one week to put the trash out for the garbage truck, you got to sit with that trash for an entire week. And by the time the garbage truck comes the following week to get your trash, you accumulated even more smelly trash. But oh the relief, when that garbage man takes all that trash away.

You know in life we accumulate a lot of trash, don’t we. The trash of lies, broken relationships, lust, guilt, shame and past mistakes that weigh us down. But my friend, the good news is that a little over 2000 years ago, the Son of God, Jesus Christ the Messiah, came to this earth and lived a life of perfect loving obedience to the will of His Father. And then He took your trash to a hill called Calvary. Did you know that Someone paid the supreme price for your sins? His name is Jesus. And He took the trash of your sins and laid it upon Himself and died the death that you and I deserved. But then three days latter He rose from the dead, victorious over sin and death.

Today, He offers you, in place of your trash, His free gift of grace and forgiveness. I accepted this gift when I was just 12 years old. And I’ve found that when you accept this gift, He begins to live out His righteous life in you and then you begin to experience peace and joy. So why don’t you give Him your trash?



Balanced Christ-centeredness

It has warmed my heart to see a greater emphasis on Christ-centered preaching, teaching, evangelism and ministry methodology. Quite frankly, that is what my ministry is all about. Yet there has been something that has concerned me in some of the conversations that I have had with people that share this same passion. For some, it seems, a greater emphasis on Jesus (His grace, mercy, love, forgiveness, etc.) means to neglect or somehow de-emphasize justice, prophecy, the latter-day gift of prophecy, end-time events and/or the transforming nature of the gospel in one's life. This is not biblically healthy and can be dangerous to ones relationship with God. The centrality of Christ is to permeate every doctrine, biblical subject and Christian experience. Jesus is to be emphasized, lifted up and celebrated in all the previously stated subjects. Jesus, Himself dealt with those subjects. The beauty of Jesus is that He preached the truth in love. Anyone that knows me understands that I am not the fear-based, conspiracy theory, evangelistic preacher. Yet I find that, as Christians, we stryggle with being balanced in our biblical emphasis. Being Christ-centered doesn't mean avoiding certain biblical subjects. Rather, it gives them their proper emphasis. Let us deepen our relationship with Jesus and make Him the focus of every subject.