Jacked-up Bible Stories are real stories of real people from the Bible. They are the real, raw, unfiltered stories of people, places, and events from the Scriptures. They are stories so messed-up that someone said, “Wait! I have to write this down or no one is ever going to believe it!” They are the truth-is-stranger-than-fiction stories of people of whom God said, “Their story needs to be included in My Story so that everyone can see that you are never too far-gone, broken, or lost that I can’t redeem you and use you.” This story is about a couple of really-jacked-up people named Judah and Tamar.
Our family just endured a 2,000 mile move from northwestern Minnesota to southwestern Florida. I know you are not going to shed any tears for us, but if you’ve never tried moving a family of eight across the country, I don’t recommend it. In fact, I don’t recommend moving at all. Ever.
Our family of eight just returned from a 4,000+ mile road trip from the northwest corner of Minnesota to southwest Florida. I had a lot of reservations about making such a long trip, given the current state of affairs, and spending a month in the “Covid Capital of the USA,” but I wasn’t about to let fear dictate our plans.
There are two profound implications of our unity in Christ: 1) We are all citizens in the same kingdom and 2) We are all members of the same family.
our reasons for seeking racial reconciliation go even deeper than Christ’s command to love people and the truth that all people are created in the image of God. It is at the heart of everything Christ said and did. Racial reconciliation isn’t just ancillary to the Gospel; it IS the Gospel.
Racism is a people issue. Not matter who you are. No matter where you live. The subtle and insidious power of racism is alive and well in many hearts, including mine.
Worry can hang like a dense fog in our lives, weighing us down and keeping us from seeing what’s really there. When we look at our problems, all we see is this huge, dense fog covering everything, clouding our view.
Here are two practical ways to dissipate the fog of worry.
Being worried about the legitimate threat of harm is understandable. That’s why God’s peace exceeds anything we can possibly understand. It’s natural to worry. It’s supernatural to be at peace.
Worry is a state of anxiety and uncertainty over actual or potential problems that many people live in. When we worry, we allow our minds to dwell on the difficulties and troubles, whether real or perceived. This can have disastrous affects on all aspects of our health.
The decision to wholeheartedly seek God’s will and obey is the best decision we can ever make.