• Scripture Study

    Paths of a Vine (John 15:1)

    Have you ever made the wrong choice? I don’t mean simply you should have chosen yogurt and not the 4 chocolate doughnuts with sprinkles. I mean, the “you are going the wrong way on a one-way road and there is no way to turn around that you can see,” kind of choice? Maybe it started out as just a decision to do something you thought was the right one and now you’re not so sure. Or maybe you knew that it was crazy but thought you were taking a “step of faith” but now it’s pretty clear, this one was all on you. Do you know what I mean? I…

  • The Power of Empty Promises
    Scripture Study

    The Power of Empty Promises

    Have you ever watch one of those YouTube videos about a new toy, video game or tech and been disappointed after finally getting it because all those promises didn’t seem to pan out? Or maybe it just wasn’t as good as the person on YouTube made them out to be? No? Okay, how about this. Have you ever promised to do something (like be nice to a brother or sister or even that kid you think is weird) when you never intended to follow through? Did I get you there? Well that my friend is an empty promise. Empty promises are not good things for obvious reasons. They hurt feelings,…

  • Scripture Study

    Exodus: Escape Confusion

    In the last scripture study, we studied the fight between the Israelites (okay God) and the Pharaoh. We left off with the Pharaoh agreeing to allow the Israelites their “three-day” journey to worship God. I use “quotations” because… well, you’ll find out. If you missed the last study, check it out here. Spoiler Alert! At the end of Chapter 13 in the book of Exodus, we get a bit of a spoiler. In fact, in the version of the Bible that I read (among others), the title of this section of the scripture is titled “Israel’s Wilderness Detour”.  You might be thinking… wait, didn’t we start with a detour? Yup!…

  • Exodus
    Scripture Study

    Exodus: The Fight

    Last week we began our journey through the book of Exodus. We left off with last week with Moses leaving Midian to return to Egypt. If you missed that post, check it out here. Let My People Go Upon returning to Egypt, Moses and his brother Aaron meet with the Israelite leaders and tell them about what God has said. After showing some miraculous signs, the leaders believe that Moses and Aaron are actually telling them the truth. Okay, the Bible does not say that, but it’s implied. Go read it for yourself at the end of chapter 4, starting in verse 29. Moses and Aaron then meet with the…

  • Exodus
    Scripture Study

    Exodus: The Detour

    I have been studying the story of the Israelites exodus from Egypt and their journey to the promised land for the past few months. God keeps bringing me back to this incredible story. It has action, adventure, murder, and intrigue. Sounds like a great movie, right? This gripping story is our next scripture study. As I study God’s word, I want to share it with you and I want you to share your insights with me! Comment below or send me a message. The Israelites Get Played (Chapter One) I’ll start with a little background. The Israelites didn’t start in Egypt. They were brought there during the time of great…

  • People Study

    Loser… or Simply Nothing to Lose?

    Being a loser is typically seen as a negative thing, but maybe it shouldn’t. See, losers can have an advantage over winners. What is that you may ask? Simply nothing to lose. Think about it, losers have already lost. Whether it’s a job, a relationship, a grade, a game… you can’t lose something you’ve already lost. And that gives you power. This week we’re looking at a couple “losers” from the bible and how God used them to change their world. Gideon a Loser or a Might Warrior? Gideon had that power. He was a loser. Gideon was the smallest of the weakest tribe of Israel. He lived in the…

  • People Study,  Scripture Study

    Peter, or Is it Simon?

    Have you ever felt like you are a living contradiction? Have you ever wondered if anyone could really get you, because sometimes, you don’t even get yourself? Let me tell you some goods news… you’re not alone my friend.  I think we all feel like this at some point in our lives. We have days went we’re outgoing and open and days when we’re shy and reserved. We have days when we’re happy and full of life and days where we don’t want to get out of bed. We have days when we’re excited about what God has for us and days we wish we could just fade into the…

  • Scripture Study

    John the Baptist: What They Didn’t Tell You

    There once was this girl. She didn’t wear Under Armour or Nike’s. In fact, most of her clothes were from the thrift store. She followed the rules and did her homework. She didn’t ditch class or pass notes. To be honest, she was a little shy, a little weird, and a little bit of an outcast. Most kids in her class didn’t want to sit with her at lunch or hang out at her house on the weekends. It wasn’t that they didn’t notice her. They noticed her enough to make fun of her in the halls. They just didn’t think she fit in. That awkward, shy, and a little…

  • Scripture Study

    You Are Not an Afterthought

    Even before he made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in his eyes. Ephesians 1:4 NLT Do you remember dodge ball? If not, let me remind you. It’s the game where you and your team pummel the other team with a rubber ball to get them “out”. The last team standing wins. This game is barbaric to say the least. But the actual game has nothing on the process of choosing the team itself. If you don’t know what I mean, you must have been chosen first or second in the dodge ball draft. I, on the other hand, was…