Navigating life can be difficult and arduous if there is no central guiding compass. Obviously for us, we love the Lord so His will matters. Believers seek to orient their life in such a way to honor our Lord – a proper fear true believers maintain. But this is not always easy either considering the pressures of life – work, kids, spouse, family, church, hobbies, sports, activities, etc. Most of us do the best we can and often adulting equates to being tired and worn out from always going. In the going process we can develop bad attitudes, resentment, and even bitterness regarding our situation in life and how and ask, is there ever a break?… Continue reading
A couple of days ago, I was in the kitchen making tacos, and the TV was on in the other room, and the network news broadcast started. And I heard nearly the whole thing. While there were stories on a number of topics, they were all basically the same. Whether they were about the economy, politics, the weather or crime the story was the same; things have never been this bad and you should be afraid.
And it is not just the network news and the so called mainstream media, although they are certainly industry leaders, after all one of the founding fathers of American mass media once quipped “no one ever went broke predicting the end of the world.” The alternative media in many of its various forms gleefully joins in chorus too. You could hardly be blamed if you didn’t realize that violent crime in the US has been declining for decades, and that as a nation the US is in a period of great prosperity that has lasted for decades or that the number of hurricanes has been declining since the 1990s.… Continue reading
Words are powerful. The tongue is a small but influential instrument. And it is incredibly difficult to use that little instrument in a good, beneficial, and God-honoring way. Recently I spent some time reflecting on James 3:2-12 and what it says about the use of speech in the Christian life and found eight truths in that passage worth meditating upon. In this post, I’d like to share those 8 truths with you.
James is About Consistent Christianity
The letter of James is about the importance of living out a consistent Christian faith and the sad tendency for all Christians to contradict our faith by the lives we that we live. And in this sobering passage, James (one of Jesus’ younger brothers) exposes one of the most common and most troublesome ways in which Christians contradict their profession of faith in Christ, which is, by the words that come out of our mouths.… Continue reading
I am in the midst of doing something, I have longed to do for years. I am preaching through Paul’s letter to Ephesians and more specifically I just finished preaching through what I consider the most beautiful, glorious and precious passage in the New Testament, Ephesians 2:1-10.
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And you were dead in the trespasses and sins in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience— among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind.
Our oldest child just crossed into the teenager years. The emotions are high, logic off, and at times I’m dealing with an adult while other times a kid. This is par for the course. But as a friend of mine once told me, “Parents are not teachable when it comes to their kids.” Ouch, this is not what I want describing me. Unfortunately I have too many blind spots in my life to assume I always know what is best for my child. This reality prompted me to ask two different Youth Minister friends, in different parts of the country the same question.… Continue reading