When I was a teenager and a younger Christian, I was into every Christian fad that was available to me. My closet was filled with mostly Christian t-shirts. I wore (multiple!) WWJD bracelets. I listened to Christian music only and loved every Christian band (Newboys, Audio A, Jars of Clay; you name it, I owned the CD and listened constantly! Anyone remember Plus One or Jump5 or Phat Chance…? They were a thing and I was there, lol). I also felt encouraged when a secular music star or a movie celeb would mention God’s name in public or in a magazine article.… Continue reading
In two days, the world (that seems like an over-statement ….) will celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day. This unofficial holiday (at least, it is unofficial in America) is celebrated in various ways by various cultures and peoples. For most, it seems a day to play Irish music, drink a Guinness, wear “kiss me, I’m Irish” merchandise, and eat cornbeef with cabbage or Irish stew–both sound kind of gross to me (just sayin’).
For seemingly most, no one cares about THE MAN St. Patrick, they just want a reason to mix-up their mundane lives with something different.
Enter the Christian blogger community.… Continue reading
“No conflict is so severe as his who labors to subdue himself; but in this we must be continually engaged, if we would be strengthened in the inner man, and make real progress toward [Christlikeness].” So said Thomas à Kempis in his famous book on the Christian life, The Imitation of Christ. And Kempis is right. Self-control is one of the hardest of fight, one of the most difficult battles all Christian face, because we fight against an enemy that is powerful and has a hold deeply upon us.
However, sin is a defeatable enemy and, for the Christian, self-control is a necessary battle in the fight against our own sin (Prov 25:28; Gal 5:22-23).… Continue reading
Before the holiday season (Thanksgiving and Christmas), I began a series of blogs concerning self-control. Once the holidays hit, I was doing what was necessary to keep my head afloat with ministry (discipleship and shepherding) and family (my father-in-law found out he had cancer in his jaw and we spent much of December with him in the hospital, post-surgery). All of this has now died down to a normal roar and I can now finish this self-control series. Thank you for your patience.
Let me summarize what we have seen: in the first post we looked at self-control’s definition. Without a proper definition, we cannot know if what we are doing or pursuing is God’s design.… Continue reading
The job of a weather man is to give the weather forecast. His success is built upon if his prediction happens. The job of a waiter or waitress in a restaurant is to wait on people as they decide what they will eat and drink for the evening. Their success is found in their being helpful with the menu, offering suggestions, bringing out the food in a timely manner, and being overall kindly. The job of a history teacher is to teach their classes about history. They are successful by proving to the administration that the students have learned what was taught through tests, quizzes, papers, and projects.… Continue reading