“I AM… DEBT… FREEEEEE!!!!!”?

Is unfinished work a debt?

Is unfinished work a debt?

Have you ever heard the callers call into Dave Ramsey’s national radio talk show and scream those very powerful words?

You can hear the freedom in their voices and screams after they paid off their debts and often EVEN their house.   You can feel the joy in your heart as you celebrate with them and can’t wait to join their ranks.

I have always followed the idea of being “totally debt free”.  I mean house and everything.   But, recently, I have discovered there may be MORE things than money that are keeping me in bondage.

Is owing money to a person or a bank the ONLY kind of debt there is?Continue reading

Is there more to "sin", "son" and "sun" than we realize?

Is there more to “sin”, “son” and “sun” than we realize?

I never cease to be amazed by God.

He works in such mysterious and yet simple, “everyday” ways. I was just talking to my younger teen “son” about our Sunday goals before I release him to his computer. I started to hear a thought in my head (probably based on one of his simple yet profound thoughts) about the words “sin”, “son” and “sun”.

I knew I need to go look deeper to see what was going on. I have trained myself to pay very close attention to all my thoughts. I believe they are very important if we want to truly hear from God.

I know that the “sun” shines on the “earth” in our physical reality or our natural body. But, in the Bible God sometimes uses “son” and “sun” interchangeably. Also, he sometimes uses the word “earth” interchangeably with “body”. (Our “body” is even made of the “dust of the earth”) I believe this is NOT a coincidence.Continue reading

Should we be changing God's "signs"?

Should we be changing God’s “signs”?

Mankind has done some GREAT things, hasn’t he?

He has also done some “not so great things”.

One thing that man has done is taken Gods original words of living truth or “signs” as I like to call them and tried to assign meaning to them for us in our own native language.

This is AWESOME or how would we ever know what God was saying at all?

The original words God gave us were in Hebrew for the Old Testament and Greek for the new (with some other smaller exceptions).

I suspect that sometimes man was correct and sometimes he wasn’t.  Sometimes he simply couldn’t see the bigger picture God was revealing.  I know I often can’t until he unveils it in my minds eye and I have that powerful “ah-ha” moment I share so often.

Maybe he even saw the truth but didn’t believe it?

Or even worse… Maybe some other men had darker motives and they may have wanted to keep the truth from us for whatever ever reason?

Whatever the motive was, should we simply accept what man says based on “blind faith”?  Or should we dig deeper to see if God meant something else?  Do you think God rewards those who dig deep into his words in an effort to know him better?

Let’s look at some verses and compare what man said in the translation vs. what the original word was (as best as man can ascertain).Continue reading