Hostility or Hospitality

“As a Christian, are you known more for your hostility or for your hospitality?” – Pastor @treyvancamp

I really appreciated Pastor Trey’s response to the satan shoes on YouTube. I’ve heard a lot of takes and read a lot of comments and they usually fall into the “why are surprised when lost people do lost things?” or “Let God punish him!” I like this one though – it’s one I struggle with because my default position is to not say anything but with this kind of framework it invites me into a prayerful time to figure out how to show hospitality in this situation. I still don’t know what to say but I definitely know what NOT to say and with Proverbs 17:28 being what it is maybe that’s best?

Stop Quoting that Verse!

“It’s not what the scripture is saying, it’s out of context. We do this to justify our own opinion and to take the judgmental and selfish bias in our own mind and impose it on other people.” 

Roy Dockery

Wooooooooo boy. I found so much of this video to be insightful and it changes my mind and approach on the verse 1 Thessalonians 5:22. Ruslan hosted a video with a few other pastors called “Stop Quoting that Verse” and this is my new favorite series on YouTube! All four of them bring great insight and open the Word in a way that’s exploratory and convicting. 

This quote stuck out at my in particular because I’ve certainly been guilty of this. There was a time when I was a “raw food vegan” – you can already see the legalism and judgement because of the “raw food” designation – and I used the Bible as the explanation for why I ate that way. Not only was the diet awful, I feel like it turned me into an awful person. Being a person who looks down on other people for their eating choices is not a healthy place to be. Using the Bible to justify it is just an extra special portion of awful on top of that. If the scriptures are being used in a prideful way, if it’s being used not in humility but to put someone in a lower position that yourself, you might need to check your own heart and why it is you’re doing what you’re doing. 

Check out the post on my site to see the video – my friend, it’ll be a hour well spent. 🙌

Hope in Gods Way in Gods Time

“If you don’t stand firm in your faith then you will not stand at all.” – Isaiah 7:9

Pastor @treyvancamp shows up a lot in my feed; this man is PROLIFIC. I headed to and caught his latest sermon over there and frankly, it was awesome. He walks us through Isaiah 7 – a chapter with a lot of imagery and the telling of the coming of the Messiah and there is so much to unpack there. I could barely fit the notes on a single page and what you see here is a trimmed down version of that! Head over to Youtube and check out this message; I promise you will be blessed! 🙌