Redeeming Joy

“Then the angel showed me… the tree of life with its twelve kinds of fruit, yielding its fruit each month.” (Rev 22:1-2) In the beginning… there was joy. Unadulterated, pure and marvelous joy. Man walked with God in the garden. Creation stood in the presence of the Creator, without sin, in holy communion. Free to…

Grace Makes Room for Differences

“For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures…” 1 Cor 15:3 I grew up in an environment that was very much black and white. You were either in or you were out, you were right or you were wrong,…

You Don’t Have to Earn God’s Love

 “…But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been save…” Eph 2:4-5 There is nothing quite so soul-crushing as feeling as if you have to earn someone’s love and acceptance. Perhaps you had a…