realigned theology


“But Moses told the people, Don’t be afraid. Just stand still and watch the LORD rescue you today. The Egyptians you see today you will never see again. The LORD himself will fight for you. Just stay calm.” – Exodus 14:13-14

As a disciple (learner) I love reading the Word of God. As a prior student of theology I love learning about God (theology) and as a Pastor I am charged with the task of defending the Word of God. Being able to articulate what the Word is saying and what it is not saying is rooted in an understanding of context. Without context, we are capable of manipulating the Word to our hearts content.

The above Scripture is proof of the classic manipulation.

This might destroy your theology but hear this…God isn’t always going to fight for you!

Look at Exodus 14:13-14 and then look at what I just wrote. On the surface level, they are polar opposite statements. Most would side with the Scripture. And those who would side with Scripture would be dead wrong. Dead. Wrong.


Israel has been led by Moses out into the wilderness. The Egyptians are now chasing them. The Egyptians have an army and horses. Israel are not warriors, have a ton of goods which were given to them, women and children and elderly. It’s not to difficult to see how this battle would turn out.

Check Mate-Egyptians win!

But God…|

When God is in the picture, everything changes and I mean everything. God called Israel to cross the Red Sea. Here’s the lingering problem with that though; the Red Sea doesn’t part until Israel begins crossing. Thus all they see is a Sea before them and no way of getting across.

So here comes the motivational speaker Moses with this line. “God will rescue you. God will fight for you. Be still. Stay calm.” Such a great motivational speech they all need to hear, right? God wasn’t impressed with it though.

Need proof. Okay. Here you go…

Exodus 14:15
“Then the LORD said to Moses, “Why are you crying out to me? Tell the people to get moving!”


Here’s the deal. Did God rescue the people? He sure did! Did God fight for them? Sure did. But God was informing Moses and the people of Israel that they had to do something; to get moving so they could live out the victory God has already established.

One of my favorite lines in a song is from a rock band, Petra and the line is this. “Waters never part until our feet get wet.”

I think the issue we have caused for ourselves is the idea that we have NOTHING to do but be still and remain calm. That simply isn’t true. God calls us and God gives us the victory. Then it is up to us but it’s not about us.

When you have time read through the Exodus account. It’s pretty cool the way God calls to Moses and says…

“I have seen the suffering Israel has endured.”

“I have heard their cries.”

“I have come down to rescue them.”

“Now Moses, Go and lead my people.”

Check that out. Pretty cool stuff there. God hears the sufferings of his people. God’s love compels him to act. God calls Moses. God informs Moses the work of God will be done. There’s a whole lot of God doing stuff in this story. But then, out of the blue-Moses is told to go.

Why should he? Why can’t Moses just say, “I’m just going to be still and stay calm. Go ahead and fight for the people!” God is fighting for the people of Israel through MOSES! It’s not about Moses, it’s about God! And while God fought for the people and led them, he allowed Moses to be his servant.

The truth spills out into the Red Sea. What if Israel listened to Moses and just stood there? What if they loosened up, stayed calm and chilled out? They would have a radically different story to share. The people were not to “be still.” (Moses’ command) The people were to “get moving.” (God’s command)

God calls us to accomplish things and places us in situations we cannot possibly handle. Moses could not lead the people of Israel out. God could. Moses could not stand up to the Pharaoh and convince him to let the people go. God could.

You see, the issue that arises from this verse(s) like this is that it creates a philosophy that isn’t aligned with God’s truth. Exodus 14:13-14 by itself would indicate that 1) God is going to fight for us and 2) We just need to be still.

The opposite was true in this situation! God already had fought for them-he already led them out of Egypt. He already told Moses to lead the people across the Red Sea. But, if we get stuck on Exodus 14:13-14 then we live our lives believing that God is going to fight for us and rescue us when God is actually calling us to live out and enforce the victory.

The people of Israel were not called to be still and wait for God to carry them over the Red Sea; they were called to pick up their feet and walk across the Red Sea but they had to get moving! The point of this story is that it revealed God’s power.


What are you doing to accomplish the task God has called you to do?

realigned theology| written by mike monica


in search of a new god

new god


John 6:29|

“Jesus told them, “This is the only work God wants from you: Believe in the one he has sent.” (NLT)

[the search for significance]
Context is vitally important in understanding any Scripture so here’s the background information we all need. A large group of people had followed Jesus and in the evening hours, sat down. The disciples urged Jesus to send these people away because they were hungry and the disciples felt they could become upset or frustrated. Jesus, being the cool guy he is and all, told the disciples to feed the people with five fish and two loaves of bread.

Jesus is always asking us to do the impossible!

As the story continues, Jesus blesses the food and it multiplies, again and again and again. The food is multiplied so that the entire crowd (5000 men at the very least) were fed by the hand of God. Over 5000 people witnesses and experienced a move of God.

The next day the crowd woke up and discovered Jesus and his disciples had left them and went to the opposite side of the lake. The crowd followed Jesus. When Jesus saw the crowd arrive, he pointed out the reason they were there; they had not come because he had performed miracles but because they were given something to eat.

I want to pause for a second to ask this question: Why are you looking for Jesus?

Jesus continues on and shares with these people that they were seeking something perishable but they should be seeking eternal life. The crowd, wanting to please Jesus, told him, we want to do the work of God as well.

Then Jesus reveals the truth about the work of God. That the only work God wants from us is this-to believe.

[the search for purpose]
Jesus has this way of breaking down walls and barriers and revealing truth and grace in a way that impacts those who are truly seeking him. You see, Jesus said something that sounds so simple but it’s deeper than we can imagine.

First, Jesus plainly told the crowd, “I know why you’re here! You didn’t come because I have the ability to heal the sick, raise the dead and change water into wine; you came because you were hungry and you were given something to eat.”

Sometimes people seek Jesus because of what he offers in the temporary settings of this world. Sometimes all we are seeking is the blessings of a future with hope, we throw our lives towards a God who is all about us and is willing to give us what we need. Make no mistake, food was something this crowd needed but the focus was wrong, their hearts were wrong. They were seeking, not what Jesus wanted to give them but what they wanted him to provide.

Sometimes, personal satisfaction is the catalyst for following Jesus.

Jesus’ response not only expels people who seek him for their own purpose but also for the religious minded as well. In Jesus’ time, the religious leaders had built themselves into a society of demigod’s who believed that God was for them because of their religious activities.

Jesus made it more simple. What does God want from us? Faith in Christ.

True faith rests on the person and work of Christ alone.
True faith always seeks after Christ.
True faith abides in Christ and through grace produces obedience.
True faith leads us to live a life worthy of the calling we have already received.

When we seek after Jesus because of temporary needs fulfilled, we are in search for a new god. Yes, we are already loved by God. Yes, he cares about us and he will provide for our needs. Prosperity is not what we think though; prosperity is what God gives us, even if that doesn’t lead to much.

When we seek after Jesus because we believe he approves of our activities, we are in search of a new god. We are not seeking to worship Christ but simply to work and we work for ourselves when we do that. Working for God flows out of our worship for God.

Follow Jesus for who he is and what he has done for you.

in search of a new god| written by mike monica

it’s my job as a christian to tell you that you don’t have a job as a christian


I. Semantics Matter|

Semantics do matter. That might sound strange to some but it’s truth. Semantics really do matter. What we say and how we say things matter. Over the course of my life I’ve heard this phrase thrown out, “it’s my job as a christian…”

I’ve thought about that as of late because I’m someone who puts a lot of weight of semantics. I know this may seem silly but let’s be honest with one another. Do we really view Christianity as a job?

If the answer is No, then let’s skip over the phrase and throw it out. It really doesn’t belong in a believers vocabulary.  If however, the answer is Yes, then I think its appropriate to make the announcement

“You don’t have a job as a christian.”

If Christianity is a job then we should expect the following|

1. Part or full time status.

2. Time off (such as weekends, vacation, personal and sick leave.)

3. The option of calling out and or skipping work.

4. Payment for doing our job.

5. Advancement.

6. The possibility of being fired or let go.

Here’s some reality for us all. Some Christians actually live this out. Sometimes I have been guilty of being like this. Sometimes we live our lives in the sense that being a Christian is a job. We’ll go to church and bible study.  The rest of our lives are separate from Christianity. Others however, are workaholics and never stop to rest.

Sometimes we can live wanting a break or time off from everything the bible commands us to do. We can also want and seek recognition for doing a good job. Maybe we witnessed to our coworkers or invited friends to church. Perhaps we stepped up in our tithes and offerings.

There are also times we expect advancement. As an honest confession, I’ve struggled dealing with not being in a pastoral position. Sometimes this comes when I compare myself to those who I know should consider how they pastor and lead. God’s reminded me lately that…

1. Its not about me, its about Jesus.

2. I need Jesus, not recognition.

3. God has work to do in my life. There areas of struggle, doubt and insecurity that need to dealt with. Character is a priority.

4. God also must prepare the church. The people need to be ready as well.

Finally, there are Christians living under the fear of a vengeful God who will fire them for not getting the job done. Here’s a newsflash, everything we need to do Jesus already accomplished. Obedience is the response to what Christ has already done.

That being said, its my job as a Christian to tell you that you

 don’t have a job as a Christian!

II. Doctrine Matters

1. As a believer, you have an identity. ( Gal. 2:20, 1 Peter 2:10)

2. As a believer, you have a new nature. ( 2 Cor. 5:17, Eph. 4:24)

3. As a believer, you have a calling. (1 Peter 2:9, 2 Tim. 1:9)


It’s my job as a christian| written by Mike Monica

who is jesus| jesus is our salvation

“…Believe in the Lord Jesus and you will be saved…”

– Acts 16:31

[This is Me at My Best]

I was sitting in an auditorium during my Security Forces Academy graduation. I couldn’t believe the day had finally arrived. A dream I had when I was just a young child had come true; I was a cop. Today, all of the hard work and training I had endured over the past twelve weeks were met with the most beautiful thing in the world, a police badge.

Prior to our entire class, 120 of us, being called up, one by one, to receive our SF Badges, we had to give out “Distinguished Graduate” awards. These awards were given to the Top Five students in the class who excelled at their studies and their QC’s (the practical side of what we were doing.)

For your consideration, Security Forces was a difficult training school with each class averaging a 10-20 person drop- out rate. Our class was no exception either. We had about 10 students who dropped out. So, truth be told, we began with around 130 students. Our drop-out rate isn’t as significant as say, Navy Seal Training, but we’re not Navy Seals either; we’re Law Enforcement and Security personnel.

As I sat there, I had one desire-to get this “Distinguished Graduate” segment over with. I really didn’t care for it; all I wanted was to get up, get my badge and cry with tears of joy. I wasn’t expecting nor anticipating any award because I don’t think of myself as someone who would receive such an award. Besides that, there were many students in my class who excelled at being the “Top Dog” if you will.

You see, I struggle a lot; that’s what I do! I struggle in my studies and I struggle when I take exams. I struggle to get out of bed, shower, shave, brush my teeth and get dressed in the 7 to 8 minute time limit we are given. I struggle with running 2 miles in under 15 minutes. I struggle doing push-ups for two minutes non-stop. I struggle with weight issues and I even struggle against authority sometimes.

Then, out of the blue, my name was called. I was shocked to hear my name called because there were only two names left. That meant me, somehow, graduated 2nd in my class. I sat there frozen to my seat. The guy next to me had to break me out of my trance and say, “Dude, your name was called.” I got up, walked up to the front and received my award.

The funny thing is, just a few days prior to graduation, the class was performing an exercise in how to clear out a single room with a known armed intruder. As I completed my exercise, a number of my instructors looked at me and said, “Who are you?” We didn’t even know you were part of the class! You never said anything.

Do I need to give you a lesson on being an introvert?

I kept to myself and I was very quiet and very shy. I did my work and that was it. When we had classes, I never raised my hand to answer a question, regardless of whether or not I knew the answer. In many ways, I am the same person today. I am often the definition of being an introvert. Whatever, I’m kind of over it. Moving on…

I’ve been out of the military for a little over 10 years now. I look back and I am amazed that I accomplished something like that. I think a lot of it has to do with the fact that, now that I am older, I cannot possibly bring myself to do as much. My body simply doesn’t work the way it used to.

But I did something!

[Reflections I Don’t Want to See]

When I think over the highlights of my life, I should be proud! I mean, I graduated High School; I went on to serve my country in the US Air Force. While serving in the armed forces, I captured a child hood dream (being a police officer), I graduated with honors. I moved on to becoming a Chaplain Assistant and I was a Top Graduate nominee.

Following military service, I went to college and received my Masters degree. That’s all really cool stuff. That’s me at my best! But something is missing from the picture. Something is wrong. It might look like the perfect picture but it isn’t it. I am deeply flawed. I am stained with imperfection. I did something else-I fell short of the Glory of God.

I made a mistake. I repeated the same mistakes more often that I care to admit. I sinned against my creator. Now I am faced reflections I don’t want to see. Now I am faced with the imperfection that resides within me. I am lost, broken and empty.

How can I escape who I have become?


Jesus came to rescue me from the deep; he came to destroy the works of the enemy and to bring salvation to all who would believe. Jesus came to adopt me as an abandoned child. In salvation, Jesus delivers us, not simply from the power of sin but also from condemnation brought forth from the Law and to empower us to live life with God at the center. Deliverance is provided through the work of the Spirit.


1] Salvation is a Secured Work|

John 10:18|

“No one can take my life from me. I sacrifice it voluntarily. For I have the authority to lay it down when I want to and also to take it up again. For this is what my Father has commanded.”

We can sit around a campfire and debate the idea of who killed Jesus. I’ve heard all the stories before. The Romans were ultimately responsible. The New Testament actually points to the Jewish people since they tried him in their courts; they arrested him and sentenced him to death. We can argue that all of humanity made a contribution to the death of Jesus when we sinned. The lips of the Savior speak of something very different though. He said that no one-no Roman solider and no Jewish religious leader is going to take my life. No, I am going to give up my life for the world.

The work of salvation is secured by the only one who can secure such a work-Jesus. He alone has the authority to give his life away. He had and maintained authority to give his life away because he was without sin and therefore, he was not subject to death. On the contrary, death was subject to Jesus! He showed this, time and time again, when he called forth those who were dead and he raised them to life!

2] Salvation is a Complete Work|

John 19:30|

When Jesus had tasted it, he said, “It is finished!” Then he bowed his head and released his spirit.”

Earlier during the crucifixion event, the Roman soldiers had offered Jesus vinegar and wine but he refused to drink it. The purpose in providing this to the condemned was to ease the suffering and pain they were enduring and would about to endure. Jesus refused to ease the suffering he endured because he embraced the full weight of sin, our sin.

When Jesus knew his time had come to leave the world behind, he accepted the wine and vinegar, knowing full well he would no longer endure any more. Upon tasting it, he used his final breath to utter, “It is finished!” The work of God in Christ had come to fulfillment.

Jesus won!

When God enters into the picture, the work is always complete. It is never half done or almost done, it is always complete. Philippians 1:6 reads, And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns.”

3] Salvation is an Eternal Work|

John 10:28-29|

“I give them eternal life, and they will never perish. No one can snatch them away from me, for my Father has given them to me, and he is more powerful than anyone else. [a] No one can snatch them from the Father’s hand.”

Notice Jesus says this, “I have given them eternal life…” When does eternal life begin and end? The simple answer to this is that it doesn’t. Believers are called out, even before the foundation of the world, set apart and given eternal life.

Salvation is of God, it is his work and his work is secured and complete. As such, his children are secured. Eternal security is the Biblical response to the human condition of sin.

We are chosen by God, adopted by God, saved by his grace through faith and we are sealed with the Holy Spirit.


Jesus is our salvation| written by mike monica

who is jesus| jesus is our light


Perhaps one of the greatest questions we can ask ourselves as believers is how we should respond to others. In doing so, we are given the opportunity to reflect the heart of God to an unbelieving world seeking after answers.

Jesus, while he was God in the flesh, used every opportunity to reflect the heart of God towards others. In one particular Scripture (John 8) Jesus is outside of the Temple holding a Bible study when he is encountered by a mob of angry legalists who desire to end the life of a woman caught in adultery. It is here where Jesus reveals just how God responds to us and how we are called to respond to others as we walk in the light.

John 8:12|    

“When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”

1] Respond with Love.

The teachers of the law caught a woman in the act of adultery. What do you do when you find someone in sin? When we walk in the light, we don’t expose their darkness for dark purposes. The teachers of the law made the woman stand before the group in hopes of punishing her and trapping Jesus. When we find someone in the act of sin, we confront the sin in hopes of exposing the person to the light. In love, we have to address the sin with the person to show them how their actions offend God. In Matthew 18:15 it says, “”If your brother or sister sins, go and point out their fault, just between the two of you. If they listen to you, you have won them over.” As followers of the light, we can bring light even into the darkest of situations by the way we handle it.

2] Respond with Grace.

The teachers of the law announced this woman’s sin publicly. They made her stand before the group as they explained her wrongdoing to everyone. Can you imagine the shame, the fear, and the guilt she experienced? When we know about the darkness in a person’s life do we humiliate, shun, and embarrass them? Followers of the light do not. We have to address their sin, but taking it to the crowd is definitely not a way to win them over to follow Christ. Followers of Christ have to be mindful of our response when people’s darkness is announced to us. Do we sit and listen? Do we laugh? Do we criticize? Do we marginalize? Do we gossip about it with others? What did Jesus do? He reminded the crowd, as we should, that only the perfect ones among us have room to condemn. I love how He says it in Matthew 7:5, “You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.” Strong words of warning for us. We must be careful of how we respond to reports of wrong doing.

3] Respond with Faith.

Reminding someone of their darkness will not draw them closer to Christ. Sharing the truth about the power of the light will encourage them to turn away from the darkness of sin. Jesus did not condemn the woman or the teachers of the law. His actions gave room for the Holy Spirit to convict each of their hearts. The accusers put down the stones and walked away. The woman was given directions to leave her life of sin. In that moment, Jesus spoke these words to the people, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” Every sinner can walk away from darkness and have light.

Before we expose a secret sin of someone else’s, or participate in gossip, or remind a believer how they used to be pause and allow the light of life to remind you of the day when you turned from darkness to light.


Have you been responding to sin in a way that draws people closer to Christ, or pushes them farther away? Have you leaned more toward condemnation or have you prayed for conviction. Ask God to show you how to respond in a way that allows Him to shine when you are confronted with darkness.


Jesus is Our Light| Written by Tesha Fritzgerald

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who is jesus| jesus remains our freedom

John 8:36|

“If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.”

Just consciously consider that! Like all the Holy Scriptures, John 8:36 is overwhelmingly astounding, particularly when you meditate on it continually from time to time. If you are going to direct your focus on anything, then you are bound to give that something your utmost time, attention, and consideration. That applies to the entirety of the Word of God, and John 8:36 is no exception. Yet, it does not take long for the revelation of John 8:36 to come bursting forth; literally exploding within your spirit by the Holy Spirit; disclosing the sovereignty of Jesus’ all-surpassing power of authority to “make you free!”

Certainly, John 8:36 is Jesus’ direct statement, not narrated, but uttered from His own mouth! Consequently, all four Gospels recording the life, lifestyle, and experiences of Jesus, The Christ, the Anointed One, are narrated from either eye-witness or second person accounts, and are divinely inspired of the Holy Ghost. Nonetheless, there are multiple passages in the scriptures (usually highlighted in red) whereby Jesus is speaking directly, and positively John 8:36 is one of them. Also, John 8:36 specifically affirm, “If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.” Notice the Word does not say, “set you free,” but rather “make you free!” No one can change, delete, or add to what God has said. Similarly, no one can disqualify you from your freedom purchased and freely given to you by Jesus, as He is the sole Liberator.

In the beginning of John, Chapter 8 Jesus enters into the temple early in the morning and begins to teach the people. Obviously, His speaking and teaching is with authority, power, and demonstration of the Holy Ghost. Also, as usual, the Pharisees and Jews are present, and some with their negativity, who do not have ears to hear and yet refuse to hear. In John 8:12, Jesus testifies, “I am the light of the world: he that follows me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.” Yet, the Pharisees respond, John 8:13, “You are bearing witness about yourself, your testimony is not true.” Therefore, because of their negativity and refusal of heart to hear what Jesus said earlier, they also refuse to hear what He says later. So, on the other hand, they miss the opportunity to hear the essentialness of the truth (they could have taken part in) spoken by God the Son in John 8:36, “If the Son therefore shall make you free, you shall be free indeed.” They could have been free that very moment when the Word was spoken had they received it, but they deliberately refused to hear the Word.

Further, you may continually hear the statement, “I thought only God can make you free!” You are right! Only God CAN make you free! Jesus, the Son, is just as much God as God is Himself. Remember, God highly exalted Him (Jesus) and “bestowed on Him the Name that is above every Name,” Philippians 2:9; and because He “bore the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors,” Isaiah 53:12; and further, “God, Who at sunder times and in divers manners spoke in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, has in these last days spoken unto us by His Son, Whom He has appointed heir of all things, by Whom also He made the worlds…” Hebrews 1:1-2. The Amplified Bible states, “…Whom He appointed Heir and lawful Owner of all things…” So, Jesus, God the Son, Who is appointed lawful owner of all things, has definite authority and power to make you free. John 8:36, Amplified Bible states, “So if the Son liberates you [makes you free men], then you are really and unquestionably free.” You are really (in truth), and unquestionably (incontestably) free!

Conclusively, Moreover, this is the provision of John 8:36, “If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed:”

• You are not tied or attached by cost in any way or form

• You are not a prisoner or slave; you are not bold to any person

• You are allowed to make your own decisions with your freedom of choice

• You are not limited by rules and regulations to anyone or any thing

• You are not affected by something adverse in the natural or below

• You are available for something, specifically, something good and beneficial

• You are a person the Son made “free indeed!”

[So, rejoice in the freedom you have received by the Son Who has made you free indeed!]

 Jesus remains our freedom| Written by Mamie L. Johnson