Freed to Flourish

When a "Wee Little Man" Repented Big Time

When a "Wee Little Man" Repented Big Time

Sometimes, Bible teachers today seem to imply that the pardon of vertical sins should imply immunity to their horizontal consequences. It doesn’t. What it does mean is that we have all the favor and divine resources we need, as much as it depends upon us, to make things right with those we’ve offended (Matthew 5:23; Romans 12:18). We can take our sins against them seriously because God took them seriously for us in his Son, Jesus Christ. 

Ministry is Killing Me!

Ministry is Killing Me!

When I was younger, I liked reading the story of Jesus cleansing the temple. I sensationalized it, imagining him flipping tables and whipping money changers like an 80’s action hero terrorizing Soviets. It was gratifying to imagine a fiery-eyed Jesus confronting the sins of others, those who would dare turn his house into a den of thieves. Later, I realized that Jesus is even more zealous about cleansing me, a temple of the Holy Spirit. If it’s not of him, it’s gotta go. Uh oh.