I am glad you stopped by my blog. This site has gone through many changes over the years… but what has remained constant is my love for God and my desire to make Him known so others can experience His grace, mercy and purpose through His Son, Jesus Christ. And so, I seek to use my gifts and talents to bring glory to Christ. In this stage of my life, I am focusing on three main creative areas: me as an Artist, a Preacher and a Writer. This blog will give you a glimpse into this journey. Again, welcome and enjoy!
One of my favorite Scripture passages is Matthew 5:13-16. It has captured my imagination for many years! In these verses Jesus says:
“You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot. 14 You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”
Jesus lets us know that we can affect positive change in the world… in the lives of others. In fact, that is a major part of God’s purpose for us.
The average churchgoer believes Christianity is about “fire insurance.” But there is SO MUCH MORE to the Story! My new book, RESURRECTION: The BIG Picture of God’s Purpose and Your Destiny, explores the grand narrative the Bible is telling; and examines why Jesus had to die on the cross and how his resurrection from the dead changes everything! Are you curious? This video will give you a general overview of what you’ll be getting when you purchase a copy for yourself and others.
Have you ever asked the question, “What limits God?”
Every now and then I listen to Joel Osteen. It’s not really intentional, but usually I am flipping through channels and come across his broadcast. And when this happens, many times what he is saying applies directly to something currently being experienced in my life.
This past Sunday night was no different. As Joel talked about having God’s favor IN THE MIDST of life’s storms, he uttered these words:
“God is not limited by our conditions. He is limited by our thinking.”
These words hit me like a ton of bricks! And has been echoing through my soul ever since. How often do we look at the size and intensity of our circumstances and think they are too big for God to handle? But, when we read Scripture, we are repeatedly introduced to a God who is CAPABLE! God has no problem with being ABLE to change situations, circumstances and people.
IT STARTED WITH A MEME
A few years back I came across this meme on the Internet. A young man was sitting on a park bench next to Jesus. The caption read, “No, I’m not talking about Twitter… I literally want you to follow Me.” I laughed at that image. However, it is so telling about the times in which we live.
What does it mean to follow Jesus today in our Twitter /Facebook /YouTube /Instagram Age? Social media has radically redefined “follow me” to mean a person can “like” what someone else says and does without having to change their own life. We can sit at our computer or cell phone screens and decide to be involved in someone’s social media post a little or a lot. We choose the level of buy in. We decide how much we want to follow someone. We make “following someone” fit within the framework of our own agenda.
BLACK PANTHER MOVIE – THEMES REVIEW SERIES
Over the past two weeks, I have written 10 blog posts which review a number of themes from the Disney-Marvel Studios movie, Black Panther, which just released on February 16, 2018.
This 10-part review collection is called, Wakanda Forever! Below are the links to each post so you can easily access them all in one place.
Feel free to share your thoughts and insights on the film and how they relate to these posts.
Wakanda Forever: Part 10 – Yes We Can!
So, here we are at the end of this 10-part movie review. My original intent was to write 1-3 posts on various issues Black Panther raises, but compulsion overtook me!
Why do I love this movie so much? What’s this sense of euphoria, this sense of excitement, possibility, hope and pride? I had felt this before a few years back, but couldn’t nail down when exactly that was. It took a few days to mull it over and then it hit me while talking with my wife:
“The last time I felt like this was when Barack Obama ran for president the first time!”
That sense of ‘Yes We Can!’ was almost tangible. Before then, the political system seemed defunct. But when Obama ran, I felt like I was a part of a movement that was much bigger than me. My vote mattered. Change was possible.