I fail miserably on a daily basis. I frequently fall short of God’s standard of holiness and sinless perfection. Thankfully, it is by grace that I am saved, and not by my own works (Eph 2:8). Paradoxically, followers of Jesus are expected to prove their love to Him by obeying His commandments (John 14:15). In my state of grace, I am no longer a slave to the law, but am expected to fulfill the law in one single word. Love. Continue reading Relentless Love
We need to have every i dotted and every t crossed. We are told to be the masters of our own destiny and take things into our own hands. When things don’t go according to our plans, we analyze every detail to see what went wrong. But what if our destinies are wrapped up in something much bigger than ourselves, and that nothing ever really goes according to our own plans? There is a way for us to be more than control freaks. Continue reading Control Freaks
When we hear a sermon containing rebuke or instruction to turn away from some sinful thought or behavior, we have an unfortunate tendency to call to mind someone we know that could use this message more than us. Like ducks with their water repellent outer plumage, we submerge ourselves in God’s Word, but we let its life-giving truth roll right off our backs. If we’re lucky, we might get a chance to splash someone whose feathers are just a bit more soiled than our own. Isn’t it time we let the truth sink in? Continue reading Do You Reflect or Deflect?
I have virtually eliminated all television from my life. I barely noticed initially that I wasn’t watching so much television. Now, having made the conscious decision to avoid most television, I’m glad it is something I’ve cut from my life, and I’ll give you seven reasons why. Continue reading 7 Reasons Why I Stopped Watching Television
In celebration of Independence Day, I thought I would write a post about freedom. In the United States, we are blessed to be able to freely practice our religion. However, Jesus came to give us something much more than the ability to practice tradition without fear of persecution. Jesus did not come to this earth, die, and be resurrected to give us freedom of religion. He came to give us freedom from religion. Continue reading Freedom from Religion
For believers who await their reward in heaven and look forward to the day they see God’s face, are you homesick? Our lives are hidden with Christ if we are born again; shouldn’t that create a longing for our proper home with Him in heaven? Why do we sometimes cling to this world in fear of death instead of eagerly awaiting the moment of completion when we will be taken into His presence? Continue reading Why Aren’t We All Homesick?
Have you ever felt used? Maybe you had something someone else didn’t, and to have access to that resource they tried getting close to you. But you could tell the difference. The friendship that resulted was shallow and unfulfilling, and usually only lasted as long as your “friend” could get what they wanted from you, and you probably began to resent their insincerity. We tend to dislike these kinds of interactions in our lives, yet how often do we use God as a means for our own gain? Continue reading Pursue the Giver, Not the Gifts
As it turns out, old-timey pastors and your great-aunt were wrong. Though the term appears in some translations of the Bible, we’ve actually been misclassifying it for generations. Fornication is simply another sin hiding under a false identity. Continue reading There’s No Such Thing as Fornication
At one point or another, most of us have seen or read the adventures of Peter Pan. In the exciting world of Neverland, Peter Pan never gets old, and his adventures can continue indefinitely. We’ve been conditioned to idealize this model for our lives. We worship youth to the degree that we never want to grow up ourselves. Only in our case, perpetual youth isn’t as exciting as it is in Neverland; it’s plain childish. Continue reading The New Neverland: Why We Never Grow Up
In one of his sermons, Dr. Dino Pedrone – a pastor and the president of Davis College in New York State – gave five things that hope involves in regards to believers. It occurred to me that hope has become another overused cliché for many of us. It’s been made into cute bumper stickers and flowery decorations we hang around our homes with vague, ambiguous sayings about hoping for something better down the road. We often ignore the very real implications of hope, and this is why I’m adding one more thing to Dr. Pedrone’s list. Continue reading The Hope We Don’t Want