Friday, July 30, 2010

Tis So Sweet

I've spent the past two days trying to resolve a problem with my laptop without having to rebuild the image. This morning my desktop PC failed (softly), so fixing it didn't present a tremendous challenge. It got me to thinking about the kinds of adversity one faces and I realized that computer problems fall way down on the list of problems I and others may face in life.

Marriages fail, people losing their job, home, life or limb are just a few of the aversities some of us face. It was then that I accepted the reality that anything of value on my laptop was possibly lost; but I'd be able to start again.

I began praising God for New Beginnings and because trusting Him is so very sweet. I hope you praise Him too as you listen to this song by Commissioned called Tis So Sweet:

Tis' so sweet to trust in Jesus,
just to take Him at His word.
Just to rest upon His promise,
and just to know that is was said by God.

Jesus, Jesus, how I trust Him,
how I prove You more and more.

Jesus, Jesus, my precious Jesus,
I thank You for grace to trust You more.

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Holding On

I'm just holding on
I'm just holding on
I'm just holding on
Holding on and
I won't let go my faith, go my faith

Last week I spoke about Pressing On in your walk of faith. Today, I want to talk about Holding On to your faith.

Have you ever tried to hold only something but no matter how hard you try, it slips from your grasp? I remember I was getting out of my car one afternoon and I had this habit of swinging the door shut as I exited from the car. On this particular afternoon, I stepped onto the curb and lost my balance. As I began to fall backwards, I instinctively reached for the car with my right hand and then realized the door was swinging shut. I tried to grab the handle on the swinging door but it swung quickly past my hand. As my right hand grabbed the door frame, the door closed on my thumb.

It happened so quickly but for me, the moment seemed to take forever. Initially, I felt very little pain. The keys which were in my left hand dropped to the ground. As I tried to reach down and pick them up, I was instantly reminded with a sharp, piercing pain that my thumb was stuck in the door. I looked across the roof of the car at my wife who at that moment, was exiting the car. When I told her my hand was stuck in the car, her first response was thinking that I was playing a prank; until she recognized the pained expression on my face.

Sometimes holding on can be painful.

In the movie Titanic, people were holding on to anything to keep from going into the ocean; they held on because their life depended on it. I’ve seen a squirrel climb out onto a branch that suddenly dropped from its weight while the squirrel desperately holding on, gathered itself in order to get to a sturdier branch. How does an insect hold on to the thinnest stem of a plant while the wind swirls without being blown away?

Insect holding on
An insect holding on

A parent hurriedly walks their child into school for the first day of kindergarten class. As they enter the building, the small hand of the child reaches up, holding on tightly to the hand that has always provided security, comfort and love.

When I hear the phrase letting go, I think about freedom, being at ease or having an attitude that lacks tension. On the other hand, when I hear the phrase holding on, I think about something precarious or dangerous; losing control or suffering injury. It can imply that one has a sense of fatigue (I'm barely holding on). It can also mean that one has a grip that they are unwilling to relinquish. If a pit bull were holding on to my arm, I would find it difficult to discourage it from letting go. In a sense then, letting go and holding on are opposite sides of the same coin.

In Philippians, Paul uses the Greek word epecho (ep-ekh’-o) to express the word holding. This word means, to hold upon, (by implication) to retain.

…holding fast the word of life, so that in the day of Christ I may have cause to glory because I did not run in vain nor toil in vain.1

Whereas in 1 Timothy, he uses the word echo (ekh’-o), which is used in certain tenses only to mean to hold directly or remotely; such as having possession, the action of doing something by enjoyment, fear or necessity.

“…holding on to faith and a good conscience.”2

So even though faith is not something physically tangible, the bible says that one has the ability to hold on to it, once you possess it. I simply mean that you have to have faith in order to hold on to it. Is it necessary to hold on to my faith? If so, why is it necessary?

Man holding on to steel girder, Photo by Lewis W. Hine/Getty Images, Jan 01, 1931
Man holding on to steel girder

Sometimes the real danger is in letting go, not holding on.

Holding on to my faith takes a commitment from me to trust God with my life. This doesn’t occur overnight for any believer. If it did, then Paul would not have said,

"Not that I have already obtained it, or have already become perfect, but I press on in order that I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus."3

So I find myself being extended by faith in Christ, reaching towards Him, not with my arms; I am reaching with the arms of my faith. I haven’t fully grasped this salvation plan by Almighty God, but what I do understand, I find myself holding on to that understanding. It has become my lifeline; an unbending belief that I am secured for all eternity by the power of God in Christ Jesus.

Although God has demonstrated His existence, there are those who would deny Him. He specializes in the impossible, unimaginable and unbelievable things and asks us to simply believe and trust Him. Holding on to this belief and trust is easy when we are showered with the blessings of God; when He says,Yesto our prayers.

What happens when God says,NoorNot nowto us? Will I hold on to my faith in Him or will I let go?

This is when I find myself challenged; when God does nothing in the way I expect. This is when holding on is most difficult because in that moment, I feel like giving up; I am battered by doubts. I’ve discovered that I’m not the champion I thought myself to be. I am faced with the dilemma of holding on to my faith or letting go, trusting and believing in the supremacy of God or accepting the notion that He does not exist. If I let go, I may never discover and experience the marvelous blessing He has in store for me.

I’ve also discovered that I can lose my balance, I can stumble, I can even fall but Christ Jesus is holding on to my hand. I may find my faith slipping away and I myself am drowning but Christ will not let go. There is a wonderful example of this in Matthew,

"And Peter answered Him and said,Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water.And He said,Come!And Peter got out of the boat, and walked on the water and came toward Jesus. But seeing the wind, he became afraid, and beginning to sink, he cried out saying,Lord, save me!And immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and took hold of him…"4

When the winds of change swirl around your life, don’t let go! That’s the time for you to hold on. It may appear that your life is about to perish, everything around you is crumbling; hold on to Jesus. You may find that everything you valued is slipping away; hold on to Jesus. Life may seem hopeless and thoughts of what’s the point creep inside your mind; just hold on to Jesus.

Father God, I have no answers to the problems in my life; I am at a loss for words. All I can manage to say is, “Lord, save me!” My faith may be little but I’m holding on to trust my life in Your hands; no matter what that means or what the cost. You have become my life Jesus and although I may not fully understand or appreciate all You’ve done and are doing on my behalf, I’m still holding on. My life is in your hands dear Lord and I’m thankful for the knowledge of that truth that secures me. I bless your name Lord Jesus and I thank you. Amen.

  1. Philippians 2:16, NASB
  2. 1 Timothy 1:19, NIV
  3. Philippians 3:12, NASB
  4. Matthew 14:28-31, NASB
  1. Strong's Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible, By James B. Strong, S.T.D, LL.D., Riverside Book and Bible House, Iowa Falls, Iowa 50126
  2. The NIV Study Bible, Edited by Kenneth Barker, Donald Burdick, John Stek, Walter Wessel and Ronald Youngblood, Zondervan Publishing House, Grand Rapids, Michigan 49530, USA
  3. The Ryrie Study Bible (New American Standard Version), Edited by Charles C. Ryrie, Moody Publishers, Chicago, Illinois, ISBN 0-8024-8920-6

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Pressing On

Sammy Wanjiru Triumphs in Chicago Marathon
Sammy Wanjiru Triumphs in Chicago Marathon

I was reading a post over at Alisa’s blog (Faith Imagined) called Foot Promise, in which she discusses the promises of Jesus and the struggle we face in achieving them. If you haven’t read it then, do not hesitate…just go there now! It gave me so much food for thought that I found myself leaving her a scroll instead of a comment. Realizing that I was being a little too expressive, I resolved my dilemma by deciding to write a post on one sentence which I found was most inspirational to me:

"As we seek Jesus, though, He compels us forward by faith"

It reminded of what Paul expressed in Philippians:

"I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus"1

On the surface, this may seem as if Paul is saying, in spite of the difficulties I face in this life, I am committed to continue until I hear the voice of my Savior call me to be with Him. But if I were to imagine I were Paul for a moment, I would say,

I am not just committed to continue! No. I am pursuing Christ with every fiber of life in me! Have there been times when I’ve been tired? Yes. Hungry? Yes, that too. Have I faced threats on my life? Yes, but it has only made me pursue Christ even more.

Oftentimes, pursuing Christ was the least of my concerns but time and experience have taught me the value of remaining hungry as I pursue Him. Not as if He is some kind of prey for my prayers! No, the issue (for me) is do I want to hear that upward call? Can you imagine what it will be like to hear the voice of our Lord calling you to, Come up here.

But how can I hear the upward call of Christ Jesus (enabling me to continue my pursuit)? And is it the call that's really compelling me or is there something else at work? As I examine these questions, I see (for me) that it isn’t so much me as it is Christ working in my life because:

"I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me…"2

So it is Christ compelling me to go on by strengthening my faith in Him. Christ envelopes my life to the degree that I see Him standing in three distinct ways that compel me to pursue Him:
  1. Christ stands before me
  2. Christ stands behind me
  3. Christ stands within me
Christ stands before me, calling me to stand firm in my faith towards Him. We are told that when we have done all we can do…we must stand. Standing seems such a passive act but in reality it is the method that we experience the redemptive power of God. I think back to when I first accepted Christ and I did nothing; I had no power to do anything but hear and believe. A soldier can stand guard duty but eventually he will be relieved. But no one will stand for me to relieve my stance for Christ. As Christ stands, so stand I. When times get tough and I’m weary and exhausted, He says,

"Come unto Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest…"3

Christ stands behind me, encouraging me to remember that:

"I have been young, and now I’m old; Yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken, or his descendants begging bread."4

Christ loves to encourage us; reminding us of previous times when we’ve faced some dire circumstance in our lives. He reminds us because He knows how easily we forget. How terrible would it be if you looked back through your life and had no memory; to have amnesia? Left to ourselves, we would often experience spiritual amnesia. When you remember how you made it through the storm of your life, that’s Christ encouraging you with a reminder, that, He never fails.

Christ stands within me, the resurrected Son of God strengthens me to pursue Him by faith, compelling me to press on. It really is no longer I but Christ in me, my hope of glory. He has convinced me that,

"…I will never desert you, nor will I ever forsake you."5

So I’m compelled to pursue Christ through the power of God working in me, changing me, renewing me, energizing me, compelling me to press on and be a new man; a man of faith. I don’t know about you but I want to hear Jesus call me. I want to hear the voice of triumph.

Is there anyone or anything to stop your compelling pursuit of Christ?

"Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? ... But in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us."6

Will you stop if your company lays you off or your business fails?

Will you stop if the utility company turns off your lights?

What will stop you?

Will you stop if they call you that crazy Christian?

If they talk about you, will you stop?

Will the economy stop you?

Will politics stop you?

What will stop you?

Don’t you want to hear Christ call your name? Is Christ in you compelling you to press on?

Lord Jesus, I want to press on toward you in faith. Right now I see an obstacle in my path but it’s not the first obstacle I’ve faced. I know of your love for me because you've delivered me before. I’m going to trust you right now to deliver me again. May you hear my praise of you, thanking you for this victory. Amen.

  1. Philippians 3:14, NASB
  2. Galatians 2:20, NASB
  3. Matthew 11:28, NASB
  4. Psalm 37:25, NASB
  5. Hebrews 13:5, NASB
  6. Romans 8:35-37, NASB
  1. The Ryrie Study Bible (New American Standard Version), Edited by Charles C. Ryrie, Moody Publishers, Chicago, Illinois, ISBN 0-8024-8920-6
  2. Nike running events, Chicago Marathon, image courtesy of Nike, Inc.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Finding Grace with God

Courtroom judge swinging gavel; image courtesy of
Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound
that saved a wretch like me!
I once was lost, but now I'm found.
I once was blind, but now I see!

Twas grace that taught my heart to fear,
and grace my fears relieved!
How precious did that grace appear
the hour I first believed.

Through many dangers, toils and snares...
I have already come.
'Tis Grace that brought me safe thus far...
and Grace will lead me home.

I’m up this morning and my thoughts are of the grace of God. We Christians have to love Ephesians 2:5 because it epitomizes the relationship we have with God.

even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved)."2

The New Testament is filled with scriptural passages that speak of God’s grace but it is in the Old Testament that we truly find the demonstration and depth of God’s grace.

In Genesis, we read that God extends grace to his disobedient creation. Adam and Eve realize that even in their own failure, God covers them through grace. Three chapters later, we discover that God repents that He made mankind and He decides to destroy everything He’d created. In the very next verse, Noah discovers grace in eyes of the Lord.

The first time I read this, I thought that somehow Noah was worthy because of something he did; that he was above all men, righteous. I now realize that Noah was just as guilty as the rest of mankind but the grace he found in the eyes of the Lord didn’t just appear for him; that grace always existed in God.

When David put his strength in numbers as a substitution for God, he was given three options for punishment:
  1. Seven years of famine
  2. Pursued by his enemies for three months
  3. Three days of pestilence
David’s response indicates his awareness of God’s grace:

…Let us now fall into the hand of the Lord for His mercies are great, but do not let me fall into the hand of man.3

David recognized that He would not find grace in the eyes of man. Speaking for myself, I can look back in my life and see times when I was unforgiving; I can also remember times when I sought mercy. There is a kind of hypocrisy in that kind of thinking; that others should show mercy when I would not. I was watching a documentary about death row inmates and as they awaited the final months, weeks, days, hours, minutes and seconds of their life, each pleaded for mercy; yet when they had opportunity to give grace, they extended none to the victims they murdered.

Why can’t we be merciful? Why must the resolution to my problem often end in me eliminating you? Perhaps God understands that apart from Him, I am incapable of love, forgiveness, mercy, compassion, peace and grace.

Each of us faces some degree of pain, hardship or loss but in that pain, hardship and loss, we find God’s grace; He favors us. To me, this is true love. I can’t earn it, deserve it or demand it; God chooses to give me grace. This pertains to my past, present and future. I don’t fully understand why God chooses to do this when time after time, humanity fails; I fail. But each new day holds the potential that I grasp hold of what holds me.

For in Him we live and move and have our being.4

This (grasping) comes from not just the ability to see but the will to commit. Jesus commands that. The bible says that when Jesus revealed what He required of his disciples, many of them left Him saying,

…This is a hard teaching. Who can accept it?5

Jesus would next ask His Twelve if they would also leave.

Simon Peter answered Him, Lord, to whom shall we go?6

Because of God’s grace, I’m alive. A blind man can’t see me standing before him but He can look back to see how far God has brought him. The soldier who has lost his legs through the tragedy of war sees the deliverance of God doesn’t require limbs. The woman who feels all alone discovers what a friend she has in Jesus.

We live in a time when it’s easy to give up, give out and give in. You may experience defeat but you don’t have to be defeated. You may be lost but Jesus will help you find the way. You may be discouraged but try letting Jesus encourage you.

Where are you today? Can you see grace in the eyes of the Lord? Is your world about to end? Be like the psalmist and say,

I lift up my eyes to the hills—where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.7

And when you look up, you may find yourself saying,

I call on the Lord in my distress and He answers me.8

You’ve turned in every direction looking for your answer; yet, finding none. Why not turn now to God? Look to Him because He is the answer you’ve been looking for.

You do this and you will find grace with God.

Father God, please hear me as I cry out to you. I have nowhere to go, no place to turn to; without you, I am totally lost. Please guide my steps, give order to the chaos of my life. Allow me to begin to experience Your forgiveness and peace. Yes, I want peace with you Lord God, everlasting peace extended to me through your grace. I don’t deserve it, I haven’t earned it, I can’t prove it but You give grace without the condition of my own merit. Thank you Jesus for saving my life. Amen.

  1. Amazing Grace, Song written by John Newton
  2. Ephesians 2:5, NASB
  3. 2 Samuel 24:13-14, NASB
  4. Acts 17:28, NIV
  5. John 43-66, NIV
  6. John 6:67-69, NIV
  7. Psalm 121:1, NIV
  8. Psalm 120:1, NIV
  1. The NIV Study Bible, Edited by Kenneth Barker, Donald Burdick, John Stek, Walter Wessel and Ronald Youngblood, Zondervan Publishing House, Grand Rapids, Michigan 49530, USA
  2. The Ryrie Study Bible (New American Standard Version), Edited by Charles C. Ryrie, Moody Publishers, Chicago, Illinois, ISBN 0-8024-8920-6

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

The End of the Road

Two people at the end of the road; fotosearch.comTwo people at the end of the road,
Courtesy of

I was thinking about something I heard at a Men’s Meeting years ago; the speaker was Edwin Louis Cole. He shared that at a couples meeting when he was speaking only to the husbands, he asked the question,

"How many husbands here would say that their marriage was failing?"

Fifty percent of the men in the room raised their hands.

A while later when he was speaking to the wives, he asked the same question,

"How many wives here would say their marriage was failing?"

Seventy-five percent of the women in the room raised their hands.

Half of the husbands who thought they had a good marriage had no idea that their wife was contemplating or planning to end the marriage.

As I thought about that, I realized that I had no idea that my wife had lost all faith in me. It’s a sobering thought when you hear the words; it's time to end things between us. The reasons for our marital failure no longer matter. In her eyes, I had drifted away some time ago and now, she too had moved on. Failure and success in marriage does not hinge on one person; still, I groped for recovery. I believed we could still salvage it but this was not a shared belief. Hearing the words, you’re still the same, I don’t need ….

I found myself reading Maximized Manhood hoping to discover some principles I could recognize from Cole:

"I was standing in front of a table at the end of a meeting when an exuberant couple greeted me….the husband told me of the miracle in their lives…’If you ever want anyone to confirm what you said about God giving love, just call us,’ he said. ‘We are a miracle marriage. For years I made my wife’s life a hell on earth. Unfaithful, inconsiderate, dictatorial, selfish, all I wanted was for her to do what was necessary for me to enjoy life.

Oh, I led the choir, we went to church, and everyone saw us as a fine family—but no one knew me privately. Not even she did. I was a first rate hypocrite for years.

All she knew was that she had come to the end of her rope and was leaving me. That’s when I awoke to how and what I was."

I began to realize that in our society, marriages come and go. Couples lose compatibility; there are irreconcilable differences, or they find themselves living separate lives.

And then I read something that rung true:

"God commands us to love."

"According to God, love is not a feeling. Sometimes it doesn't even feel good. But, real love is always good.

Love centers in the will. That is why love can be commanded and why God can command love.

The American male, to a great extent today, flees from commandments. Or rebels.

As I read this, I recognized that the reasons why men and women end their marriage should not be dismissed; people get hurt, physically, emotionally and spiritually as a result of failing marriages.. It’s hard enough to deal with that kind of pain and then come face to face with some holier than thou do gooder (or self-righteous husband) hurling a scripture in your face. Just what they need added to their pain is biblical guilt.

I’ve been insensitive and ignorant to the pain I’ve caused my wife while in my mind, I loved her. I thought because she said nothing that things were fine; they weren’t. She suffered in silence.

I’m not writing this post for my wife, I’m writing it because God commands me to love her. Being married no longer matters now. Whatever she does, wherever she goes, I will love her. And though we are no longer compatible, she remains my friend. I pray that I can be the friend she has been to me.

Father God, I don’t even know where to begin except to say how sorry I am that I have failed so completely to love my wife completely. Forgive me please for lifting up pride and arrogance and paying such a tremendous price. I commit myself fully to you in the belief that I can change; not with a hidden agenda behind it. I simply want to change and be the man you want me to be.

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Show me what you got

Man with a poker face, fotosearch.comI was watching this movie once and towards the end there was a scene between a man and a woman that went something like this:

Raquel: I have character.

Winston 'The Wolf' Wolfe: There’s a difference between having character and being a character.

For me, it was one of those lines you never forget from a movie. For the Christian, it is never a good thing to be viewed as a character. Elmer Fudd, Porky Pig and Mickey Mouse are characters but who among us wants to be labeled a “Mickey Mouse”?

What does it take to be a person of character? This question for me was enlightening because I initially thought about the positive qualities which one can demonstrate such as honesty, integrity and honor. But as I pondered the question I began to see that a person of character is one who doesn’t fear the light of truth. A politician mimics honesty, integrity and honor in an attempt to gain votes during an election campaign; but a scandal reveals who they really are and hopes for victory fall in embarrassment, shame and defeat.

A person of character doesn’t try to live shamefully, they will acknowledge falling short of their commitment. A person of character doesn’t talk the talk. They recognize that talk is empty, shallow and vain. A person of character realizes the importance of upholding what they say by the life they live. A person of character knows they are not perfect and will never convey to others that they are. For some Christians, getting snared in the Sprite Syndrome is a trap that becomes almost inescapable. We all know that the Sprite Syndrome declares that “Image is everything!But is that true? Is image everything? I look in the mirror and see an image of myself but that image isn’t me. It looks like me, it mimics me but when I turn and walk away from the mirror, the image of me is gone.

An image is an imitation of someone or something. People impersonate famous people because they look like them but the truth is they aren’t that person. A person can dress up and imitate Elvis Presley but we all know Elvis has left the building. As a child, I never knew the difference between butter and margarine because we never bought butter in our home. I don’t know why other than to say it costs more. But today, I know the difference between butter and margarine because my wife never buys margarine and she schooled me on the difference. Butter tastes different. It has a substance to it which margarine doesn’t.

That’s true with people too. People who imitate character lack substance and depth; they are superficial. It’s important for the Christian to understand that what people think about me is not the same as what people know about me. Jesus said,

...and you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.1

Certainly Jesus was referring to the revelation of truth regarding who He is and His purpose for coming into the world but I believe that knowing the truth about myself, helps to liberate me from my fears. I say this because I believe that fear is what causes us to erect images of who we are to others. We become enslaved to an image instead of being a real person. Why must I hide that I struggle with alcohol? What would my family say if they found out my marriage is failing? What would happen if my husband found out that I was unfaithful? What would my church friends think if they discovered I gossip about them?

Does the truth really make you free? The answer is yes it does! There are three things that distinguish a person of character from a character: fear, shame and guilt.

Fear imprisons me. It forces me to believe that I will be rejected if others saw me as a flawed person. But the truth is that we only need to look at Jesus Christ to see that He was both despised and rejected for representing real truth. It’s not what others think of you that determines who you are, it’s what God says about you that gives your identity substance. Jesus calls His followers friend. God adopts the believer as His child; we are privileged to call Him Father (Abba). It’s when we face the fears about our failures and weaknesses, honestly confessing to God our need for help and deliverance that we begin to experience real freedom. I can dispel my fears by being honest with God, myself and others. A person of character does not live in fear.

Shame holds me in my prison of fear because I’m embarrassed by what I do. For some, it becomes a patterned cycle of behavior, do the deed and then feel the shame. I’ve fallen off the wagon but instead of seeking help, I pretend that all is well. Could it be that at the end of church service, there are people in genuine pain or trouble but shame keeps them from sharing the problem and seeking help? The notion of living up to the image that my life as a Christian is perfect is a false one. Christians have problems too. Christians face a crisis in faith, marital problems, unemployment, debt, homelessness, academic failure and many other problems. Certainly one does not speak of these things with a sense of pride but one should not shun the truth about having problems. A person of character is not stuck in shame.

Guilt sentences me to perpetual punishment for my failures. I will always suffer guilt when I cling to the accusation of what I did. Guilt is the ghost that haunts my life. Guilt is my very own personal boogeyman. Accepting real forgiveness and moving beyond guilt can be a most difficult journey for many. It takes belief that God has forgiven me and it takes commitment and determination to say no to repeat the sins that enslave me to guilt. Many think they deserve punishment but what they need is to experience forgiveness. The criminal who hung on the cross next to Jesus asked Him to remember him. Jesus said,

…Truly I say to you, today you shall be with Me in Paradise.2

That man obtained forgiveness and yet we still refer to him as a thief. No matter what others think of him, he died guiltless because of the forgiveness of Christ. That’s what forgiveness gives you; freedom from the condemnation and penalty of sin. When you experience freedom from sin, you begin living a life of substance. No longer imitating but actually being real; honest and open about who you are in Christ. A person of character is not haunted by guilt.

People want to be around a person of character. A character can be the life of the party but they get exhausted and tired being a character all the time. What a character really wants is to be able to say, "This isn't who I really am."Man and woman behind masks

They want to take the mask off because they understand that people want to be around someone with substance; someone who is real. When someone says (literally), “Show me what you got”, allow them to get to know the real you.

  1. John 8:32, NASB
  2. Luke 23:39-43, NASB
  1. The Ryrie Study Bible (New American Standard Version), Edited by Charles C. Ryrie, Moody Publishers, Chicago, Illinois, ISBN 0-8024-8920-6
  2. Pulp Fiction, Movie directed by Quentin Tarantino, Written by Quentin Tarantino and Roger Avary