Why are Christians and Churches Caving in to Lies?

This guy pretty much says it all.  Not much need for me to add more.  I will, however add that I believe that the reason so many churches are caving in to the pressures of society and beginning to accept and participate in things like gay marriage is because it’s far easier to do that than to begin preaching Biblically.

They hear the cries of ‘foul’ from the culture saying “why do you only condemn homosexuality and not the rampant divorce rates and sexual immorality within the Church?  Why do you not deal with gluttony and covetousness??”  And these churches are seeing that they have a point, and instead of turning to Scripture and the preaching of the Truth on these things, they are giving in because they think, “If we start preaching from the Bible (against these things), we are going to scare off over half of our members.  We won’t have a youth group anymore because we know that most of them are sleeping around, and they would leave.  We have a lot of people who are getting divorced for far less that Biblical reasons and who are co-inhabiting with their significant other outside of marriage, so if we begin to preach that these things are wrong, we will lose a lot of our members.”

The sad reality is, they reveal that they don’t believe the Bible and they don’t trust God to take care of them for standing up for the Truth.  They are more afraid of losing numbers and money, so they begin preaching the false gospel of acceptance.  After all, we all struggle with sin and Jesus said not to judge, right?  They show their lack of knowledge of Scripture in failing to see that we are to make proper judgments about sin among those who name themselves believers.

We are, of course, supposed to speak the Truth in love and with gentleness and humility, but if we truly love God and others, we won’t allow them to continue to do things that grieve the heart of God and hurt themselves and others.  We are to encourage one another to love and good works, which is one of the main purposes of the Church.  The Church is for believers, not the world.  We are to go out into the world and change the world, not let the world’s philosophies come in and change the Church.  I pray God’s grace and mercy upon these churches who are caving to the demands of society and that He will continue to bring people out of these sinful lifestyles and into a glorious and freeing relationship with Him!


Sometimes, I Don’t Believe the Gospel

I think we all struggle to truly believe the Gospel at points in our lives.  This is most often evidenced when we fail to be “doers of the Word and not hearers only” (James 1:22).  For instance, being fearful of awkward conversation and thus failing to share the Truth of the Gospel with someone, or saying that we love our neighbor and we believe that we should, but failing to help meet their needs.  There are tons of examples of saying we believe something, but failing to allow it to change us and failing to live what we believe, or as my pastor said, “We don’t put feet to our faith.”

Keep Calm Gospel

In order for the Gospel to change us, we have to believe it.  In Titus 3:8, the Apostle Paul has just presented the Gospel in a nutshell in verses 1-7, especially 4-7 and is now letting us know that “The saying is trustworthy” “the saying” of course, being the Gospel, and “trustworthy” literally means, in the Greek, “faithful.”  How do we know that it is trustworthy?  Because as Paul said in 2 Timothy 3:16, “All Scripture is breathed out by God.” As my friend Matt said, “The Scripture is never wrong, we are.” I believe that the Bible is the inerrant, infallible and authoritative Word of God, because its authority comes from God Himself and it never leads us astray.  If we read it and know it well AND apply it to our lives, and I can testify to this truth, that my life is not the same, and I can speak for many many others that their lives are not the same as a result of believing, knowing and applying Scripture to their lives.

Paul tells Titus to “Declare these things…with all authority,” in 2:15.  So does Paul have authority?  Yes, according to Titus 1:1-3.  He gives a short version of his credentials here summing it up in the statement in verse 3, “…I have been entrusted (with the Gospel) by the command of God our savior.” If you want an extensive list of his credentials see 2 Corinthians 10:1-12:10.

Ultimately, Paul’s authority comes from our God and Savior Jesus Christ who had all authority in heaven and on earth and He commanded all believers to go and preach the Gospel to the whole world (Matthew 28:18-20).  The fact that the Gospel is true is a guarantee from God, and as with any fact, it cannot be changed.  He wants us to also guarantee this Gospel and endorse it.  We are charged in Titus 3:8 to insist on the truth of the Gospel “so that those who have believed in God may be careful to devote themselves to good works.” If we aren’t insisting on the truth of the Gospel and Scripture, we aren’t going to follow it, and we aren’t going to allow it to change us.

Applying the Gospel to our lives is one of the hardest things about being a Christian.  I will be the first to admit, that I love studying and soaking in God’s Word, but have failed to apply it in the past.  I can attest to the fact that when I have begun to apply the things I have learned from the truths of God’s Word to my life, it brings about amazing changes.  I definitely don’t apply it perfectly, otherwise I would be perfect.  Isaiah 58 tells very well how God feels about those who love knowledge but not application and then shows what application looks like.  My pastor summed it up as:  “Yes, you love to learn, but you do not love to obey or apply!”

Gospel sharing

The last section of Titus 3:8 says, “These things (good works) are excellent and profitable for people.” Our good works can look like acts of service to others, which is a benefit to them.  But hopefully in the meantime, we are also sharing the truth of Scripture and the Gospel with them, so that it is beneficial not only to their physical needs, but to their spiritual needs as well.

Sometimes, I don’t believe the Gospel with my actions.  I always believe it in my head.  I love studying the Scriptures and now, I love applying them, even though it’s very hard sometimes.  Like I said, I don’t always apply Scripture perfectly, but it’s something I’ve really been working on in my life and I encourage everyone to do the same!

How is Jesus Greater than Adam if All are not Saved?

Romans 5:18-19 can seem like a tricky passage.  (18 Therefore as one trespass led to condemnation for all men, so one act of righteousness leads to justification and life for all men.  19 For as by the one man’s disobedience the many were made sinners, so by the one man’s obedience the many will be made righteous.) When one is reading it, it seems to have contradicting ideas if not read carefully and with context in mind.  As always, context is king.  In this passage Jesus and Adam are contrasted as types of each other and each one’s actions bear a consequence, one good and one bad (this is a major understatement). 🙂


AdamandChrist*cheesy photo perhaps, but this is the picture that Scripture seem to paint.


The passage from verses 12-21 of chapter 5 (just to gain a bit of context) begins by stating that sin came into the world and therefore death followed, because of one man, Adam.  The entire human race, every single person who would live after Adam is counted as having sinned with him.  The one command God gave was broken, and even though there was no law given, sin and death still reigned because death is the result of sin and everyone dies.  There is no escape from physical death for anyone.  So even though people may not have been disobeying direct commands of God before the law was given, they were still sinning, just not in the sense of disobeying a direct command like Adam did.


Then comes Christ.  Christ’s act of a lifetime of perfect obedience and an obedience that led to His death, and of course, His resurrection, brought about not only a reversal of the curse to restore people to their original created state, but to give them God’s righteousness and a share of His eternal glory (Hebrews 2:10-11).  John MacArthur, in his commentary on Romans, makes a good point.  He says, “It might be said that Adam’s sinful act, devastating as it was, had but a one-dimensional effect-it brought death to everyone.  But the effect of Christ’s redemptive act has facets beyond measure, because He not only restores man to spiritual life but gives him the very life of God.”

He also says later, “Jesus Christ broke the power of sin and death, but the converse is not true.  Sin and death cannot break the power of Jesus Christ.  The condemnation of Adam’s sin is reversible, the redemption of Jesus Christ is not.  The effect of Adam’s act is permanent ONLY if not nullified by Christ (emphasis added).  The effect of Christ’s act, however, is permanent for believing individuals and not subject to reversal or nullification.  We have the great assurance that once we are in Jesus Christ, we are in Him forever.”

One last brilliant quote from MacArthur and I’ll move on.  “It was the one sin by the one man at the one time that brought God’s judgment and its resulting condemnation.  But the gift of God’s grace through Jesus Christ is not like that.  God’s judgment on Adam and his posterity arose from but one transgression.  On the other hand, however, the free gift arose not simply because of that single transgression but from MANY transgressions, and its result is not simply RESTORATION but JUSTIFICATION (capitalized emphases added).


Why then are verses 18-19 so tricky?  (18 Therefore as one trespass led to condemnation for all men, so one act of righteousness leads to justification and life for all men.  19 For as by the one man’s disobedience the many were made sinners, so by the one man’s obedience the many will be made righteous.)

At first glance, verse 18 seems to be suggesting that all will be saved and verse 19 seems to suggest that not everyone was made a sinner by using the word “many.” But as I said earlier, context is king.  Paul, and the rest of Scripture have already established that all are sinners.  And we know that not all will be saved by the plethora of Scriptures that tell us that those who do not receive the gift of salvation will not inherit the kingdom of God, but will receive everlasting punishment.  I could give an exhaustive list of Scriptures to back that point up, but I feel that that is unnecessary.

Therefore, we must conclude that when verse 18 says “one act of righteousness leads to justification and life for all men,” it means that justification and life are made available to all men, not that all receive that justification and life.  John Calvin explains it quite well.  He says, “He makes this favor common to all, because it is propounded to all, and not because it is in reality extended to all; for though Christ suffered for the sins of the whole world, and is offered through God’s benignity indiscriminately to all, yet all do not receive him.”


Book of Romans


Verse 19 emphasizes the meaning of verse 18.  In most translations, even in the Young’s Literal Translation, which is a favored translation among those who teach universalism, the article ‘the’ is placed before the word ‘many.’ Most commentators conclude that ‘the many’ in verse 19 (“…the many were made sinners…” v. 19) refers to everyone, while “the many” who are “made righteous” refers only to believers.  While I believe that this is a logical conclusion and don’t disagree, I think that ‘the many’ likely refers to believers only in both instances.  I believe that “the many” refers to those mentioned in verse 17 “…who receive the abundance of grace and the free gift of righteousness…”


It is true is it not, that all believers were made sinners as much as everyone else?  The only difference is, they will be and already have been made righteous by Christ’s act of obedience.  Everyone else is trying to make themselves righteous by relying on their own “goodness,” but we know that no one can make themselves righteous.  Only God can make one righteous through repentance and faith in Jesus Christ by His grace.


Many have already died (spiritually, because we already know that everyone dies physically whether they are saved or not), but many have also been made alive (spiritually) by the free gift of God by the grace of Christ (v. 15).  And not only that, but those who are made alive are not merely restored to the way humans were originally created, they are given the righteousness and glory of God!

THAT is how Jesus is greater than Adam, even though not all will be saved!  Salvation is offered to all, but is only effective to those who receive it.

JesusgreaterthanAdam  *This is true for the believer who has put on Christ’s righteousness, but not for those who remain in Adam.


I can’t pretend I know all about this.  Salvation seems like a simple concept, but when we look more deeply into it, it is more complicated than we think it is.  We cannot fully understand many things about God.  But as my friend Johnny Mac says, “…when we cannot understand the Lord’s ways, we must avoid the quicksand of human reason and stand in faith on the rock of God’s righteous character.” (I know I said I was done with Johnny Mac quotes, but had to throw this one in; sorry not sorry! 😉 )

Humanity and Religion

Humanity has a love/hate relationship with religion. We love it because it makes us feel better about ourselves, yet we hate it because it holds us in bondage to rules that we’ve made up for ourselves to try (in vain) to make ourselves better. Jesus came to set us free from religion. He took on the burden of living perfectly for all who will believe and then placing that perfection on them. He says ” Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light” (Matt. 11:28-30).
If we do not hand our burdens over to Christ, we will eventually be crushed by them. When we do, we are free to live a life of love and thanksgiving to God, and to help bear one another’s burdens; to truly love God and love our neighbor as ourselves as He commanded us to do. We can let God change us, since we cannot change ourselves, yet strive to be like Christ in all that we do.
This is not a contradiction as we may often think it is, but is rather a mystery. A fantastic and beautiful mystery that we won’t be able to fully understand, but are free to trust that it is the truth!

More Hard Teaching… (or Lovemaking is Beautiful)

A couple of years ago, I wrote a blog called “A Very Hard Teaching.”  Link here: http://joshandjenmendenhall.theworldrace.org/?filename=a-very-hard-teaching

Jesus told us that being His disciple would be very difficult.  He told us that we would have to deny ourselves (say “NO!” to our sinful desires and to a comfortable life of complacency), pick up our cross daily, and follow Him.  In my last post, I talked about how He is the good master who has paid the price to set us free from Satan, sin and self; all which lead to a dark, lonely eternity away from God and all that is good, but that many people refuse to accept the freedom either because they love themselves and their sin too much, or they think that they can get freedom on their own, which is of course, impossible.


One of the most difficult sins to break away from is sexual immorality.  Unfortunately, the human attitude toward sex is, “if it feels good, do it.” Even among Christians there are some who think that lovemaking is beautiful in any form, whether it’s two unmarried people, two gay men or two gay women, it doesn’t matter.  They obviously are not reading the same Bible that I am.  Or they do, but they try to twist what the Bible says and justify their sinful lifestyle.  (Haven’t we all at one time or another?)


This greatly disturbs me and honestly makes me wonder about the condition of their salvation.  How can anyone who claims to love God call something beautiful that He has called an abomination and shameful?  Do you dare to disagree with God or to call Him a liar?


Yes, lovemaking is beautiful, but only in the context for which God created it, and that is between one man and one woman within the covenant of marriage.  That’s it!  “Love” making in any other context is vile, disgusting, broken, dirty and an abomination to the Lord our God!  He created it for a man and his wife to enjoy each other and to show their love for one another and that is ALL He created it for.  Only then is it the beautiful, wonderful, glorious thing for which He designed it.  Any other use of it is a perversion!


Would you call raping an innocent child beautiful?  Of course not!  What about a man cheating on his wife or vice versa?  I certainly hope not!  What about women and children being sold into the Sex Trade and the wicked men who buy them?  Why then would you call any other form of sexual immorality beautiful?  Jesus said in Matthew 5:27-28: “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery, But I say to you, that everyone who looks at a woman with lustful intent has already committed adultery with her in his heart.” Also, “out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false witness, slander (Matt. 15:19, Mark 7:21).”


That’s a hard teaching, because unfortunately, that makes me an adulterer, and that breaks my heart.  Thanks be to God that I never got the opportunity to indulge in physical sex outside of marriage, but I sure spent a lot of time looking and lusting after women both in real life and on TV and the internet, and did things I certainly shouldn’t have done.  I don’t want to be an adulterer, and now I’m not because Christ has set me free from it.  I am deeply convicted by Paul’s words in I Corinthians 6:19-20:  “What?!  Don’t you know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit which is in you, which you have from God??  For you are bought with a price!  Therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit which belong to God.”


If you are truly a believer in Christ, then all that you are belongs to God!  How can we glorify Him if we are defiling our bodies by perverting something that He created for one purpose only to satisfy our own selfish pleasures?  This also goes for addictions, storing up riches for ourselves and refusing to give to others and many other sins.  As the great preacher Donald Barnhouse said,

“The great fact is that God wishes these who name His name to become like Him day by day.  He is a holy God who demands holiness of His people.  We are all born as children of Adam, with natures that are prone to sin.  The greatest of all sins is that each of us desires his own way.  Wanting one’s own way is absolutely natural and absolutely sinful.”  Matthew 5:48, Jesus said, “You therefore must be perfect as your heavenly Father is perfect.”  And God the Father Himself: “Be holy because I am holy,” all over the Old Testament.


I hope you see that I am trying to identify with you as a fellow sinner.  It doesn’t matter what you’ve done, I love you and God loves you, because you are created in the image of God and He longs to redeem you and I long to see you redeemed if you have not been.  I wish that you could feel the deep love and concern that I have for you as I write this.  My words may sound harsh, but the truth is harsh sometimes and I would not be a good or loving neighbor or brother or friend if I did not warn you of the danger you are in by living in ways contrary to the Word of the Creator of the Universe.


But I know that many will misunderstand me.  I know that this post will be incredibly offensive to some.  I know that insults and false accusations of intolerance, hate, homophobia and judgmental bigotry will come.  But I know my own heart and I know that God knows my heart.  I do not wish to estrange myself from my family members or my friends whom I love dearly, but I desire the approval of God and not of men.  I will never view anyone as my enemy, but I can’t control how others view me.  That is the attitude that Jesus had, and look where it got Him.


I understand that it’s hard.  I have to fight against my flesh daily.  Being a follower of Christ is not meant to be easy.  I wish I could tell you that it’s ok to live however you want.  I wish I could tell myself that, but I can’t.  Barnhouse again with a great thought says, “God tells man that the divine way is perfect and that He desires men to walk therein.  Man cannot do it by himself, so God provided His own Grace.”  That’s the Gospel in a nutshell.  Why would we want to trample the Grace of God when our lives should be wholly devoted to Him with all gratefulness and thankfulness?

Titus 3:3-7: At one time we (Believers) too were foolish, disobedient, deceived and enslaved by all kinds of passions and pleasures. We lived in malice and envy, being hated and hating one another.
But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared,
he saved us (Believers), not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit,
whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior,
so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life.


Before I end, I also want to share a word to the judgmental and/or self-righteous, which, at times is also me, but really is everyone.   This also from Barnhouse.  “God repudiates (hates deeply) formalism without a heart change, and the (person) who trusts in liturgical ceremonies or religious rites without having a definite change of heart is in the folly of self-deception.”  Just because we may not live lifestyles that we wrongfully consider more sinful than others, doesn’t make us right with God.  Only by putting on Christ’s righteousness can we be made right with God.


I pray that my words, harsh though they may sound, were spoken in love and genuine concern.  Once again, these are not my ideas or opinions.  They are the very truths of God and the ONLY truths that matter.  They are hard, they hurt and they can be incredibly offensive, but the Word of God is the only Truth that can set you free!  It MUST be shared! As one who has been given the responsibility to speak the Truth, I HAVE to.  I cannot suppress it, it burns within me, and it has changed my life!

I also pray that I share these things with humility, knowing that I do the same things sometimes.  I truly desire and long deeply to see us all set free from our selfish, sinful desires, and brought from the kingdom of Satan and darkness and self, and into the Kingdom of God and His glorious, marvelous light!


Grace, peace and love to all through God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ!

I WANT to Remain a Slave to the Cruel Master

Imagine for a moment that you live in slavery.  Your master is incredibly harsh and ruthless.  You get beaten multiple times a day, you basically get starved, and you know that in the end, you will be killed in a violent way.  None of the slaves that this master owns get to die peacefully but in the most painful and brutal ways.


Now imagine that another master comes along who is incredibly rich in every way.  He owns it all and is rich in love, humility and mercy.  He makes his slaves family.  They get their own mansions and are made co-owners over everything he owns.  He offers to buy every slave that the cruel owner owns and to adopt them into his family.  You simply have to trust him and humbly ask him if you can become his.


It would be incredibly stupid to refuse this generous offer wouldn’t it?  And yet you see countless numbers of fellow slaves refusing to humbly ask to become the good master’s slaves because they are too proud and they even say that they LOVE being slaves to the cruel master.  This is unthinkable!  But this is how many people live their entire lives.


If you haven’t figured it out by now, the cruel slave master is yourself and sin and the good master is Jesus.  We as humans love sin and we love to be slaves to our own desires.  We want to do everything OUR way and not the way that God has clearly laid out for us in Scripture.  I myself daily return to the cruel master of sin and self.  Whether it’s by giving in to my desire to judge others, to lust, to not forgive someone of some stupid little thing that doesn’t even matter, to exalt myself above everyone else in my foolish pride, and the list goes on and on.  I know that in spite of the fact that I have been adopted into God’s family, I still at times shake my fist at Him and basically tell Him that MY way is best and that HIS way is too hard and that it’s dumb.


I know that there are many people who also struggle with a variety of things.  Many people believe that they cannot overcome their struggles and it’s true, they can’t without God’s help.  I agree that we cannot choose what our struggles are, but we can choose whether we want to overcome them or allow them to overcome us and define who we are.  Many people are slaves to the lie that their struggles define them, but the truth is, THEY DON’T!


There are many who struggle with things like homosexuality, lust, adultery, fornication (sex outside of marriage), compulsive lying, alcoholism, being attracted to children or animals, gossip or any other number of things, but have overcome them by the power of Christ!  Yet there are so many more who believe the lie that God made them the way they are and they can’t change, so they are going to live that way anyway because they think it makes them happy.  But they are really empty, miserable and lonely inside and sometimes outside as well.


A lot of the problem stems from the fact that we think we can change our lives on our own.  We try to do good but keep falling back into the same old sin over and over and eventually give up or get frustrated and wonder why we can’t fix ourselves.  It’s because only God can change us from the inside out.  We try to change ourselves from the outside but that doesn’t work.  We have to humbly admit that God exists and that He is who He says He is and that He will do everything that He has said that He will do.  We have to admit that we can’t change ourselves and we have to ask Him to change us.  That is how we become adopted into His family, by humbly asking.


Those who do inherit the eternal Kingdom that God has promised to bring to earth.  Those who do not, remain alone and enslaved to their desires forever.  That’s what Hell really is.  People choosing to be left to themselves and their desires away from God’s presence, utterly alone forever, and that’s exactly what they will get.  As C.S. Lewis so brilliantly stated, “There are those in the end who will say to God, “Thy will be done.” Then there are those in the end to whom God will say, “Thy will be done.”  Please don’t be one of those to whom God says, “Thy will be done.”


I say all of these things out of genuine love and concern for all.  I call it speaking the Truth in love.  This stuff does not come from me.  This is not a matter of my own opinion.  As the great singer/song writer Rich Mullins sang, “I did not make it, no, it is making me.  It is the very Truth of God and not the invention of any man.”  All Truth comes directly from the Word of God.  Don’t just take my word for it.  Go, and experience it and see it for yourself!

Grace, love and peace to all through God the Father and through Jesus Christ!



Why DID God allow Sin?

One of the many things that I have always struggled with as a Christian is the idea that God could have stopped Adam and Eve from disobeying Him.  He didn’t even have to give them a choice.  So why did He?  And since we know from Scripture that God knows all things, then we know that He knew that they would sin.  He knew when He created Satan that He would swell up with pride and leave his heavenly home and take 1/3 of the other angelic creatures with him.  So why did God, in His Sovereignty and foreknowledge, allow all of these things to happen, knowing all the pain it would cause Him and so many others?


I believe that God may have revealed a little bit of this to me by helping piece together in my mind the things revealed in Scripture, not to mention, a bit of common sense.  In other words, I came away thinking, “Why have I never thought of this before?!”


These thoughts struck me at the end of my Pastor’s sermon on Sunday.  We have been discussing and studying the book of Titus.  We are still in the first few verses because they are so rich and full of meaning.  We were discussing the first two verses which say, “Paul, a servant (slave) of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ, for the sake of the faith of God’s elect and their knowledge of the truth, which accords with godliness, in hope of (or because of) eternal life which God, who never lies, promised before the ages began,” or more literally from the Greek, “before times eternal.”  We discussed the idea that God’s plan of salvation was made before creation, and that there are several other passages of Scripture that support this idea, and the idea that those of us who believe had our names written before the ages began.  If you would like, take a look at 2 Timothy 1:8-10, 1 Peter 1:20-21, Revelation 13:8 and Ephesians 1:3-7, just to name a few.


We discussed that, if we had a choice, most of us would choose to live in a world where God was perfectly honored, where we had never known sin, death, pain or anything else bad, and where Adam and Eve had never sinned.  But we realized that the way it is, is the way God allowed it to be because it gives Him the most glory.


I sat there and pondered that for a while.  I do believe this to be true, I just still didn’t and still don’t completely understand how and why this is so.  But then God brought to my mind 1 Peter 1:12 which talks about Salvation as something “into which the angels long to look.”  I began to wonder why the angels, who are with God and know Him, would long to know Salvation.  Then I realized that the angels who are still with God cannot experience all of who He is in the same way we can.  They have never sinned against Him and have not known His wrath and justice, therefore have had no need to experience His Grace and Salvation. The angels who did sin against God will experience His wrath and judgment and have no hope of ever experiencing His Grace because they did know Him intimately and have turned away and are now working fervently against Him.


I came to realize that if there had been no fall, God would not be able to display all that He is.  He would not need to display His love, mercy, grace, justice, righteousness or wrath.  Without the fall, there would be no need for wrath or justice, therefore there would be no need for grace or mercy.  Simply put: No fall, no wrath.  No wrath, no grace or mercy.  God wanted to be able to display and pour out ALL of His wonderful attributes, and they are all wonderful.


I realize that this may not make sense to many and it most certainly doesn’t completely make sense to me either.  After all, this is God we are talking about.  If we could fully understand Him, it would mean that we could have created Him rather than the other way around.  I continue to pray daily for the wisdom and humility to understand and love God more and to love those around me more, and to understand His Holy Word more.  I find it incredibly humbling that He would allow us to know Him when we are bent completely on running away from Him.


Praise be to our God for ALL that He is!!