People are not good or bad; they are simply broken, and God has either restored them to shalom or is seeking to restore them to shalom. Imagine seeing people as “broken shalom” or “shalom,” rather than good or bad. If you see them in the midst of broken shalom, it does not allow you to […]
Working with young people, one of the most common questions I hear stems from the apparent Biblical principle that we should not date/marry a person who does not have the same faith in Christ as we do. Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers. For what partnership has righteousness with lawlessness? Or what fellowship has light with […]
Write something about our death to self and new life in Christ. Use examples of things that die and new life is produced as a result, after fire, changing of seasons, pruning.
Write something on what God sees as true fasting using Isaiah 58 as a reference. “On the day of your fasting, you do as you please and exploit all your workers.” (v. 3)
Write something with regards to Isaiah 56:9-12, and beyond. It talks about the wicked and how they are as lazy as dogs, lacking knowledge, with great appetites, “they never have enough.” Each seeks his own gain, similar to the individualism of our culture. As well it describes how they wish to party and have fun, […]