My predictions for the coming year:[Continue Reading…]
If you are producing fruit for God’s kingdom, people will judge your intentions. And some of them — tragically — will even be Christians. Two points about this problem.
First: Beware imputing bad motives to the hearts of others, for whenever you do, you simply reveal what’s in your own heart. The piece of saw dust that you perceive in your sister/brother’s eye came from the telephone pole that sits in your own (Matthew 7:1-4).
A person who has pride in their hearts will assign pride to the motives and actions of others. “To the pure, all things are pure; but to those who are defiled and unbelieving, nothing is pure…” (Titus 1:15).
By contrast, “love thinks no evil” of others (1 Corinthians 13). Those who walk in the Spirit think the best of their siblings in Christ and never presume to judge their intentions.[Continue Reading…]
If you are NOT going through a crisis right now, you will.
Life is peppered with adversity, hardship, challenge, and difficulty.
This is especially true if you’re a Jesus-follower. We are promised suffering, hardship, and tribulation.
Your boyfriend/girlfriend suddenly breaks up with you.
You lose your job. Or you still can’t find one.
You have a parent who is terminally ill.
Your best friend is in critical condition.
Your spouse doesn’t want to be married anymore.
You have an enemy who is obsessed with destroying your life.
Your baby is sick and the situation is only getting worse.
And on and on.
How do you cope?[Continue Reading…]
“Our anxiety does not empty tomorrow of its sorrows, but only empties today of its strength.”
~ Charles Spurgeon
Most of the teachings I’ve heard about overcoming worry were the equivalent of handing out umbrellas during a hurricane.
The New Testament encourages us to outsource our worry. (The word “outsource” means to delegate a task to someone else.)
Consider this text:
“Humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, and He will exalt you in due time. Casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.”
~ 1 Peter 5:6-7
Peter instructs the Christians to whom he’s writing to cast their anxiety, their worry, and their care upon the Lord because He cares for them.
I will shamelessly admit that I’m a recovering worrier. Over the years, however, I discovered a way to overcome worry when it comes knocking on the door of my mind.
Here are three steps that will enable you give worry an atomic knee drop:[Continue Reading…]
“We are more willing to attack one another than to band together and fight the enemy.”
~ Lance Wallnau
In my last blog post, I outlined 4 sobering (and uncommon) observations about ISIS.
If you didn’t get a chance to read the entire article on my blog, there’s a link to it at the bottom of this one.
Now on to another current issue.
AMC’s TV drama The Walking Dead is the highest rated series in cable television history.
I’m not a zombie guy (though some mornings, I might resemble one).
Unlike many of my peers who possess a Y chromosome, slashy-burny-butcher-gore films don’t appeal to me.
It’s for this reason that I’ve stayed clear of watching The Walking Dead.
That is, until a friend told me that the show is largely about surviving in community over against blowing zombie carcasses to the moon.[Continue Reading…]
Both are very short videos. Less than 2 minutes each. Each was created by a different person (not me).
Let me know which one you think is the most effective and why.
The beginning of the Christian life is easy. The end is joyous. But the middle is where the fiercest battles take place, and many fall away.
The real test of faith comes in the middle of our journey. Jesus is the trailblazer, pathfinder, and pilgrim of God’s way. This is the meaning of Christ being the pioneer and perfecter of our faith.
Not only did Jesus blaze the trail, but He also finished the pilgrimage. And He gives His people the strength to tread where He trod and arrive where He awaits.
“Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. For consider Him who has endured such hostility by sinners against Himself, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.” (Heb. 12:1–3)
UPDATE: I revised an article I wrote last year entitled What Christians Can Learn from the Music World of the 1960s. I encourage you to read it.[Continue Reading…]