MAY 1 Joshua 24:15 (ESV) 15 And if it is evil in your eyes to serve the Lord, choose this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your fathers served in the region beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” MAY 2 […]

Change (part 5)

By Mike Seale I would have to say the most difficult change is when our minds, more directly, our brains, have been “hijacked.” Paul makes it clear in Romans 6:11-23 that we are either slaves to sin or slaves to righteousness. Satan has hijacked our minds. If I am a “slave,” then I do exactly […]

Change. Part 4

By Mike Seale “Metamorphoo” or “metamorphosis” is the Greek word Paul uses in Romans 12:2 to call for change in the way we think. It means to change into another form, to transfigure. Perhaps Paul was thinking about how Christ was changed in his appearance with “divine brightness” on the mount of transfiguration (Mark 9:2-9 […]

Change (part 3)

by Mike Seale In my early years I thought change was fairly simple. Maybe because change was constantly happening and in some ways forced (not always negative). If the bread winner in the family got a better job or their company moved them to a different city, change occurred and you made the best of […]

Change (part 2)

by Mike Seale I believe in free will. I believe GOD created Adam with free will, and I believe we have free will today. I also recognize our fallen, sinful nature that is bent toward choosing disobedience to GOD’s holy law (Rom. 7:12). If change is to occur, our will, desire, mind and spirit must […]

Change (part 1)

By Mike Seale How often do I hear, “I really need to change my life,” or “there are some changes I really need to make in my life.” But procrastination, the great enemy of change, is king of that hill. I have found both personally and through my years of ministry, two basic reasons (and […]

Do You Know What You Want? Part 3

By Mike Seale In the story of blind Bartimaeus (Mark 10:46-52) Jesus responded to his call for mercy, and so the Son of GOD asked him, “What do you want me to do for you?” Can you imagine Jesus asking you that question? What would you say? This is not some genie in a bottle, […]

Do You Know What You Want (part 2)

By Mike Seale Mark 10:46-52 It took courage for blind Bartimaeus to shout, “Son of David, have mercy on me,” especially when people in the crowd rebuked him and told him to be quiet. The rebuke fueled his passion because he “shouted all the more.” Jesus must have appreciated that desire because he responded and […]

Do You Know What You Want? (Part 1)

By Mike Seale The story of blind Bartimaeus is one of great stories showing mercy of our LORD and Savior, and also one that causes me to ask, “Do you know what you want?” Like Bartimaeus, he had heard about Jesus (Mark 10:47). I love his boldness to shout for mercy. I have found myself […]