Junanne and I just returned from Israel. It was awe inspiring. You must get the Holy Land on your bucket list and get it done!
It took me an hour to get caught up on the tragedy in Orlando. This has become the latest political football, but true Christians must have a different take on this horrific event.
Jesus entered into a world that was chalked full of debauchery and terror. But he came as the Prince of Peace. Jesus didn't rail against cultural immorality or radical rulers of his time. He condemned religious hypocrisy and extended grace to anyone who could soberly see their need for a savior - he came to seek and save the lost.
The world has never been bettered by angry Christians and angry Christianity is an oxymoron - it only feeds the monster of hate. The "living way" is to contagiously share the story of God's favor.
Two days ago I stood on the Temple Mount and listened to men, just a few feet from me, chant "allahu akbar" over and over. In that moment I had to allow God to remind of the grace I need in my life and that "our battle is not against flesh and blood".
People are not the ultimate enemy. "The God of this age has blinded the minds of the unbelieving". We would do well to ask God for the grace to see the spiritual battle being waged for the souls of people and respond with the gospel of peace whenever we get a chance.
Jesus is still the greatest hope for our world!