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First Sunday in Lent

Prosperity followers believe God wants Christians to be rich! There are millions of faithful followers of Christ who live in poverty. If this is so, why isn't everyone in the church a millionaire? Their answer: It's God's will for you to live in prosperity instead of poverty. It's God's will for you to pay your bills and not be in debt. God wants us to prosper financially, to have plenty of money, to fulfill the destiny He has laid out for us. I want to be wealthy and God wants me to be wealthy too! “Who would want to get in on something where you're miserable, poor, broke and ugly and you just have to muddle through until you get to heaven?” God wants us to be prosperous. To be happy we need to have money to pay our bills, send our kids to college bless, be a blessing to other people.  Read more


Year A First Sunday in Lent Bottom Line Meditations

OLD TESTAMENT: Genesis 2:15-17 Literal Religion: To “die” is physical. Read this scripture literally for its religious meaning. The serpent said to the woman, “You will not die.” Spiritual grace: To “die” is spiritual death. (They both died spiritually not physically). Now quietly move into God's Presence and read this scripture. The serpent said to the woman, "You will not die.” Can you feel the difference? Legalism is a five mile walk punctuated with disappointments!  Read more


Transfiguration Sunday

This story of the Transfiguration is one of the most significant stories in the Scripture. There was Jesus, Elijah and Moses. What did they all have in common? Much! They were talking to Jesus about their Exodus. Each one was involved in a type of exodus experience. Elijah was caught up in whirlwind and the flaming chariot. Moses led the Exodus of the children of Israel out of the slavery in Egypt. Now Jesus was to have His Exodus being resurrected from the grave. Peter displayed his legalism saying. “Rabbi it is good we are here. Let us make three booths one for you one for Elijah and one for Moses.” Mark adds almost in astonishment, “He did not know what he was saying.”  Read more


Year A Transfiguration Sunday Bottom Line Meditations

PSALM: 99 Literal Religion: God is in the cloud. Read this scripture literally for its religious meaning. “He spoke to them in the pillar of cloud.” Spiritual grace: God IS The Cloud. Now quietly move into God's Presence and read this scripture. “He spoke to them in the pillar of cloud.” Can you feel the difference? His religious literalism is improving. He's missing the mark much closer than he used to!  Read more


Seventh Sunday in Epiphany

Matthew 5:38-48, The BE Attitudes Jesus’ teaching of the Sermon on the Mount gives us the opportunity to understand the transforming power of grace. We only know the difference experiencing God’s Grace makes when it is compared with our attempt to change our lives through legalistic actions. Our legalistic response believes to change our lives we must do God’s will to receive His blessing. Grace promises to transform our lives through His blessing in order to do His will. The Sermon on the Mountain is an opportunity to understand Jesus’ graceful teachings.  Read more


Year A Seventhth Sunday in Epiphany Bottom Line Meditations

Leviticus 19:1-2, 9-18 Literal Religion: We become holy by following the law. Read this scripture literally for its religious meaning. “You shall be holy, for I the LORD your God am holy.” Spiritual grace: We are holy in the Lord’s Presence so we can follow His will. Now quietly move into God's Presence and read this scripture. “You shall be holy, for I the LORD your God am holy in you.” Can you feel the difference? I love legalism. I live legalism. If only I could do legalism!  Read more


Sixth Sunday in Epiphany

"You have heard that it was said to those of ancient times, 'You shall not murder'; and 'whoever murders shall be liable to judgment.' But I say to you that if you are angry with a brother or sister, you will be liable to judgment; and if you insult a brother or sister, you will be liable to the council; and if you say, 'You fool,' you will be liable to the hell of fire. What difference does it make in your family relationships when you try to change someone while you are angry and out of the Grace or instead being transformed by loving them when you are in the Grace?  Read more


Year A Sixth Sunday in Epiphany Bottom Line Meditations

EPISTLE: 1 Corinthians 3:1-9 Literal Religion: To get out of the “Flesh” we must stop doing what we are doing that is wrong. Read this scripture literally for its religious meaning. “You are still of the flesh as long as there is jealousy and quarreling among you.” Spiritual grace: “Flesh” means we must get into His Presence to stop doing what we are doing that is wrong. Now quietly move into God's Presence and read this scripture. “You are still of the flesh as long as there is jealousy and quarreling among you.” Can you feel the difference?  Read more


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