Your God is Ugly

“And when he had spent everything, a severe famine arose in that country, and he began to be in need.”—Luke 15:14 (ESV) The two sons in the parable of the prodigal demonstrate before our eyes the futility of giving ultimate worth to anything smaller than the Jesus of the Bible. The younger son, who came

Are you (really) Enough?

“For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross.”—Colossians 1:19-20, ESV When Hollywood actor Jim Carrey appeared last year at the Golden Globe Awards to present an award, he

Your Perfectionist Friend

“Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.”—John 15:13, ESV Demands mark the lives of perfectionists. Since they only desire the “best” (however best is defined), they engage in a life-long mission of control—controlling first the situation around them and also the people in their lives. Because

Beauty is Everything

“Those who cling to worthless idols forfeit the grace that could be theirs.”—Jonah 2:8 (NIV)  Have you seen that quote attributed to Robert Mugabe? Lately, it has been all over social media. It goes [something] like this: “Don’t tell me that beauty lies inside; no one walks around with x-rays.” That there, says a lot

The Curse of Goodness

“But he was angry and refused to go in. His father came out and entreated him…”—Luke 15:28 (ESV) Goodness is the mother of all addictions. From the day we drop onto the red dusty soils that cover this planet, as we huff and puff through the trenches of life with sweat streaming down our faces,

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