Church Blog (Page 3)

Church Blog (Page 3)

Genesis 16:5 by Jason G. Lutz

“Then Sarai said to Abram, “My wrong be upon you! I gave my maid into your embrace; and when she saw that she had conceived, I became despised in her eyes. The LORD judge between you and me.”” (Genesis 16:5 NKJV) Never doubt that the Bible is full of drama and intrigue. Here is the story in Genesis Chapter 16: the Lord has told Abram that he will bear more descendants…

Genesis 4:7 by Jason G. Lutz

Consider something with me for a second. To what extent do you dislike being labeled and defined in negative terms? Lazy, stubborn, dumb, or mean as examples. Now consider the inverse, to what extent to you enjoy and seek to be labeled in positive terms? Hardworking, reasonable, smart, or kind as examples. It is an interesting exercise and I think most of us should…

Psalms 119 by Jason G. Lutz

We are taking this week off from work and traveling some, so I am going to let the a Psalm speak this week. “How can a young man cleanse his way? By taking heed according to Your word. With my whole heart I have sought You; Oh, let me not wander from Your commandments! Your word I have hidden in my heart, That I might not sin against You. Blessed are You, O LORD! Teach me…

Matthew 10:8 by Jason G. Lutz

…Freely you have received; freely give (Matthew 10:8) Christmas as we know it, a brief apology. I will start honestly. I adore Christmas time and I believe the following is self-evident. Christmas items should show up on store shelves in August, homes should be decorated November 1, Christmas trees should be cut by hand, snickerdoodles are a primary food group, it is…

1 Peter 2:12 by Jason G. Lutz

Keep your conduct among the Gentiles honorable, so that when they speak against you as evildoers, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day of visitation. (1 Peter 2:12) Everyone must make a decision about the identity of Jesus of Nazareth. Is he my personal savior or is He not? Those outside the Faith will argue otherwise, but answering this question is…

1 Corinthians 6:19-20 by Jason G. Lutz

“The egoist is actually self-loathing”. I came across this idea recently. The idea comes from a soldier’s thoughts on his service during the First World War. More broadly he is considering philosophy as self-serving methods for chasing a false fulfillment, ultimately stemming from a person’s disdain for themselves. The author continues the thought pattern by putting…

Ephesians 4:26 by Jason G. Lutz

Thinkers much brighter than I have said that all sin, at least most sin, is rooted in good things. I guess a simpler understanding is that sin is good things gone bad. I think the most obvious example of this is love becoming lust. A small seemingly inconsequential and honest flame can become a forest fire very quickly. I think most of us know when we have crossed the…

Giving Thanks by Jason G. Lutz

Happy Thanksgiving! I hope that each of you has a wonderful week and a beautiful Thanksgiving Day. I would like to use today’s devotion to be mindful of a few things we, as Followers of Christ, can be thankful for. Here goes: 1. The Bible. The simple reality that God has chosen to reveal Himself through the written word is in and of itself remarkable. It is also…

2 Peter 1:4 by Jason G. Lutz

I am typing this early Wednesday morning and I have just learned the result of the presidential election. I imagine some of you will be frustrated. I also imagine that some of you will be pleased. Condolences or congrats either way. I’m relieved that it is over. But on the same note today brings forth an end, which begs the question: where do we go from here?. The…