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Tipping the Scale

October 26, 2014

Today is the 3rd Anniversary of NoSuperHeroes. In honor of this, I have re-engineered the first-ever post, editing it and sprucing it up a bit. As you will see, we started with an emphasis on grace and relationship with God. Three years and 324 posts later, this is still the goal. Hope you’ve enjoyed the journey. Please tell others and join the conversation designed to inspire us toward a deeper walk with Jesus!


What is the primary focus in our walk with God?

Is it our sin: knowing what sin is, staying away from it, and trying to pay for it when we fail?

Or, are we focused on Jesus?

In the book of Acts, we see the early church as being focused on Christ in spite of their mistakes and growing pains.

As Christians, our battle against sin can begin to consume us.

Motivated By Eternal Rewards

September 24, 2012

I’ve recently been posting on some travel strategies drawn from my 21 years of experience. In the pursuit of travel rewards, you must always check your motives for spending a little extra. Do you need that perk, or are you walking in an addiction to accumulation? It becomes easy to justify a $50 purchase of flowers when you know you are getting miles or travel rewards.

The pursuit of rewards is something which is not limited to the travel industry.

It happens in the church.

I’ve heard countless references to obtaining a future prize as a motivation for obedience or an acceptance of suffering.

“At least my crown in heaven is getting bigger!”
“I’m building my mansion!”
“We are storing up treasures in heaven!”
“Give, and it will be given back to you ten fold!”

Are we giving to get?

Complicating the Simple

September 20, 2012

How do I go to heaven?

What is required to be saved?

Poll 10 Christians and you are likely to get 10 answers.

If someone Googles “How do I go to heaven?”, what will they find?

“Keeping the Commandments”
“Living a Holy Life”
“Bear fruit”
“Don’t be lukewarm”
“Voting for a certain political party” ( ok maybe not….maybe)

The Bible is full of commands and principles for how to live your life. Most of these things apply to people after they get saved.

Consider the things above and ask how much of those is needed. Perfection!

Never breaking a commandment?
How much fruit?
Do the best that you can and avoid the big stuff kind of holiness?

How much is enough? Hmmm, no wonder salvation seems complicated.

But it’s not.

What does the Bible say is necessary?

This is a series of posts on NoSuperHeroes based on the Top Questions I receive in my Grace Seminars. Come back each day to see how we answer our questions without changing the message of Grace!

Top Question: I’m afraid of Judgment Day. What will happen when I stand before God?

As I grew up, I heard sensational stories of Judgment Day. One particularly memorable version has believers who appear before the Judgment seat of God. Behind the Lord, is a giant TV screen that will show every action, thought, word, and attitude.

Well, we know this is a bleak picture. It sends tremors of fear through our bodies. An altar call is given at the youth rally and people tremble fearfully into the kingdom.

Effective, but misguided.

Hardship: The Great Teacher

February 2, 2012

As an American living abroad, I watch my nation from afar and see many issues facing it. People are concerned about the economy and jobs. Negative politics dominate the headlines. It seems like natural disasters keep rolling through. 

When I began in missions 20 years ago, Americans were known as hopeful and overcoming. This seems to be changing. We now seem to be negative and cynical proclaimers of doom and gloom.

I recently have had a few disappointments which left me feeling as if my hope was deferred. Walking through this journey, I’ve been considering how grace impacts our everyday life, especially in difficulties.

When I see the Biblical authors speaking about grace during trials, it was not something they learned in a classroom or a textbook. It came from facing much more than we have.