I find that most of us read the Parable of the Two Sons in Luke 15 through the filter of years of tradition rather than good interpretation. The clincher of the story comes when Jesus tells the response of the older son to the father’s gracious receiving back of the younger brother! The main message? Missed grace!

There’s a bug going around the office. Break out the hand sanitizer! Jesus hung out with “sick” people and everyone knew it. It was obvious they were spiritually sick—the “messed up” people that “good” folks looked down on and stayed away from.

When we look out in our world at those far from God, what are the first emotions that come into our heart?Anger (at the effect of sin on our world)? Disgust (by other people’s sin)? Self-Righteousness (comparing our sin with theirs)? What is Christ's response?

If your life were a reflection of the God you follow and believe in, what would those looking on say your God was like? Many of us reflect a God who is distant, with little involvement in a messy world, except to announce rules to keep things in order.

Do you really expect God to do something today? I mean really do something?

What does it mean to be made in the image of God? It’s an amazing truth; we were created to reflect the nature and character of God.

God, in His eternal existence, models how His people are meant to relate, and the desired nature of our existence. Have you ever stopped to contemplate God’s purpose for our relationships in the Body of Christ that are expressed in His very nature?

A picture comes to mind every time I think of Isaiah 41:13. It’s a picture from long ago, when my kids were small, of me walking with one of my daughters—she’s holding my right hand. What confidence it gave her, a little toddler unsure of the rocks on the path, to take the next step. Why? Because of whose right hand she was holding!

In 2 Chronicles 20, Jehoshaphat heard the worst news of his life—a vast army was marching against him! All this would have been for nothing if he had put his trust in the wrong thing. Imagine if he had displayed these postures toward an idol made of carved rock (as many people did in that day) or modern-day items people put their trust in.

Dear friends,
You may have heard news lately of the fires in Colorado. Last year, the Colorado Springs community was shaken by the Waldo Canyon fire. We couldn’t have imagined that just shy of one year later, multiple fires would be raging across Colorado— some of them in our own backyard. As I write, several other wildfires have popped up across the state. Some are contained and almost extinguished; others are just beginning their devastation.