Whose DNA do I carry?

The Common English Bible really adds some shock value to the thought of living IN the power of the gospel! Those born from God don’t practice sin because God’s DNA remains in them. They can’t sin because they are born from God. (1 John 3:9) If I am in Christ, do I reflect the DNA of theContinue reading “Whose DNA do I carry?”

When we don’t trust the unity that is in Christ

When we don’t trust the unity that is in Christ, we default into manipulation. We manipulate through legalism or hyper-spirituality. We need to trust the One in whom all things hold together. 16 So don’t let anyone judge you about eating or drinking or about a festival, a new moon observance, or sabbaths. 17 These religious practicesContinue reading “When we don’t trust the unity that is in Christ”

Common English Study Bible

Cokesbury had a huge sale last week and it included the Common English Study Bible. I was able to obtain this translation when it first came out through the generosity of the publisher, and I’ve found it to be a refreshing translation. It certainly has its “quirks,” but for common reading (and for me it’sContinue reading “Common English Study Bible”

The Anticipation of the Season

32 “But nobody knows when that day or hour will come, not the angels in heaven and not the Son. Only the Father knows. 33  Watch out! Stay alert! You don’t know when the time is coming. 34  It is as if someone took a trip, left the household behind, and put the servants in charge, giving each one aContinue reading “The Anticipation of the Season”

Preparation in Advent is more than individual effort

16     Wash! Be clean! Remove your ugly deeds from my sight. Put an end to such evil; 17     learn to do good. Seek justice: help the oppressed; defend the orphan; plead for the widow. 18 Come now, and let’s settle this, says the Lord. Though your sins are like scarlet, they will be white as snow. If they areContinue reading “Preparation in Advent is more than individual effort”

Dreaming about what IS possible

2 In the days to come the mountain of the Lord’s house will be the highest of the mountains. It will be lifted above the hills; peoples will stream to it. 3 Many nations will go and say, “Come, let’s go up to the Lord’s mountain, to the house of Jacob’s God so that he may teach us hisContinue reading “Dreaming about what IS possible”

The CEB Study Bible

Since the arrival of the Common English Bible, I have been intrigued by the simple approach to translation. It is designed to make the Bible clear. For lifelong Christians, that isn’t easy. I have trouble still with calling Jesus “the Human One,” and calling the ark a box. But where I see how the CEBContinue reading “The CEB Study Bible”

Who do you think you are?

Meditate on Romans 8. Let it sink in. Pray through Romans 8, declaring the incredible victory of WHO YOU ARE in Christ! 37 But in all these things we win a sweeping victory through the one who loved us. 38 I’m convinced that nothing can separate us from God’s love in Christ Jesus our Lord:notContinue reading “Who do you think you are?”

I am the immigrant

The increase in violence against Christians in Pakistan and Kenya are times to be reminded in my own life that I am the immigrant. I am a citizen of the Kingdom of Heaven and that will call on allegiances the U.S. can never get from me. May my allegiance to the Kingdom of God growContinue reading “I am the immigrant”

Great Translation on the Proclamation of Jesus

“Change your hearts and lives. Here comes the kingdom of heaven!” (Matt. 4:17, Common English Bible) Get ready… the King has entered his realm and when he acts, there is a response called for. The best response? Change your hearts and lives. The power of the Kingdom of God is unleashed. It is time toContinue reading “Great Translation on the Proclamation of Jesus”