I hear this a lot on Facebook, among people, editorials, and of course “evangelicals” — you know those who profess to believe and follow the Lord, “Jesus loves and accepts everyone as they are.” Usually this statement comes in the context or as a rebuttal to the claim “homosexuality (or some other socially popular personal rights agenda) is wrong.” Often the one claiming, “Jesus loves everyone” will also say, “love is love. Jesus loves people and supports love.” In other words, there is a belief, that Jesus loves everyone for who they are and belief in him requires no change in motive, will, action, and desire.… Continue reading
As is often the case, many bloggers shared lists of books they had read throughout the year during the final days of December. I am beginning to wonder if this is just one of those things you do to fill in your regular blog posts during a busy time of year – but that’s probably a thought for another day. The thing is all those lists of excellent reading material got me to thinking, why should I wait until the end of the year to provide a book list. After all, many of the posts I contributed during 2014 were book reviews!… Continue reading
It’s no secret that I love to sing (which is good, since I’m a church music director). And I know I’m not the only one who loves to sing. Just look to your right and left when stopped at a traffic light. You’ll see everyone from mild-mannered business men, to teenage girls, singing along to the radio (one of my favorite games, is trying to figure out which station they’re listening too). People will sing anywhere! And what is it about the shower that makes everyone think that they are the next Luciano Pavarotti? So I know I’m not alone in my love of singing, because people love to sing.… Continue reading
Keeping a journal can be one of the most helpful spiritual disciplines a Christian can undertake. By journaling I mean not just writing down events that occur in your daily routine like a diary, but recording your insights, reflections and observations of what God is doing in you and through you to sanctify you and bring Himself glory. This discipline of writing or typing out your personal meditations and reflections for preservation and consideration will help you no matter where you are in your Christian life, whether you were saved last week or have been saved for forty years.
Check Your Motivation
Whether you ultimately decide to ever journal or not, there is one crucial thing to understand about spiritual disciplines.… Continue reading
From the age of 8, music became an integral and personal part of my life. I remember it vividly; dad and mom came to me and said: “Son we have made a very significant investment. Your mother and I sacrificed to purchase an acoustic guitar for you and your brother.” What was my response? I was blown away! A guitar to a little lad, knowing we did not have a lot of money. Wow! My gratitude was deep and sincere.
Of course I did find out later they purchased it from Fingerhut (not exactly a top 50 store for musicians).
Following that they arranged for a young man to give us lessons.… Continue reading