Matt. 26:26-33

In verse 33 of Matthew 26, Peter declares that he would never "fall away" because of distrust or offense. He would not be caused to stumble.

When I think of the times that Peter could have been offended over 3 years, there was a lot of opportunity. There were times when Jesus said hard things such as: little faith, get behind me, are you stupid, dull of hearing, eat My flesh and drink My blood. I'm sure Peter is thinking, there is nothing that would offend me.

The thing Peter was not at all prepared for was what caused him to fear--Jesus leaving.

When Peter's ears heard, "I am raised up again", it must have left a different thought or vision in his mind. What Peter actually saw that night of Jesus's arrest was much different.

What if Peter pictured the whole dying, raised up again scene without all the pain, violence and darkness that accompanied it. After all Jesus had avoided this type of confrontation for three years.

What Peter saw was totally the opposite of his expectation. It didn't "look" like what he thought it would look like.

Many times, life, even life as a sold out lover of God does not look like what we thought it would. What do we do?

Peter does what most of us do the first time, hopefully we all learn from our mistakes, he runs!

Verse 34, Jesus tells Peter how he will react, Jesus knows the strength of the fear Peter will face. Jesus knew this even when he called Peter the "rock"! He knew when He spoke of the foundation of the church that the "gates of hell would not prevail against".

Jesus states a truth, Peter would deny Him, fear would come and it would take over.....for a moment.

Peter did not yet have all the tools needed to rise up against what came against him, those came in Acts 2, after the promise came, the fear left and boldness comes over Peter in a whole new way.

As we learn to yield to the power of the Holy Spirit instead of fear, we stop running and begin to live "IN HIM". Living IN HIM, allows peace in the storm of confrontation, tough decisions, difficult family issues, financial problems.....

Allow Holy Spirit to overwhelm you with His presence. It is for your own good and the good of others!

Posted on 02/06/2015 10:51 in Uncategorized

When Marriage Goes Wrong

Relationships are a big part of life, in fact, we can't have a life without a relationship of some sort. What we do when those relationships go bad is important for the next part of our lives. Let's take a moment to talk about marriage that has gone bad.

Divorce is not the ultimate unforgivable sin; it is just pain full or pain freeing. In many homes, abuse is the reason for divorce. Spousal abuse works both ways, and it can be physical or emotional with fear as the umpire.

In a baseball game, the umpire has a key to who wins or loses. How he or she calls the game can make a difference in who wins or loses. If fear is the umpire of relationship, the relationship will be lost, and no one wins, especially the children of the relationship.

A lot of times people ask me if I agree to divorce, yes and no. If there can't be a change of umpires, divorce from abuse is a must. Abuse was not the intent and purpose of our Creator. The original purpose in creation was peace and harmony of all of creation. If peace can be the umpire, you have a win, win.

I like working on puzzles, especially ones with lots of colors. It is amazing how all of those tiny pieces can fit together and make a beautiful scene. The hardest puzzle is the one you are trying to put together without a picture. How is it supposed to look?

This same thought can be very similar to marriage without a plan, pretty soon there are pieces of lives laying around that you have no idea where they fit or how to fix it. What happens when some of the pieces are torn or damaged?

Get help! Hurting people hurt people. When both are hurting from things in their past and present, the future looks dark and hopeless. The internal worlds of both people need to be able to be healed before the relationship can be healed.

Jesus has the answer to every problem. Don't allow a fearful umpire choose your destiny. There is hope! There is a future, no matter how bad it looks. Change umpires, get a different view of what marriage and family should look like, and finish the beautiful picture that God made of your life.

Posted on 02/04/2015 10:11 in Uncategorized