A fellow traveler complained this week that when his counselor gives him assignments, he feels that it is like asking a man to read a self-help book when the man can’t read. This would sound like a valid objection, but the man stopped there. He should have continued. I do have to change and grow, […]
IT IS I!
Our church did an awesome job of putting on a passion play for Easter. The key thing emphasized was the question “Is it I?” Having asked this they all went on to abandon Jesus. John was so focused on relationship that he did the best and returned to follow the Lord through most of the […]
When the devil attacks, it is often useful to concede his observation but not his conclusion. For example, he will point out “you are too weak ” and then conclude that you might as well go ahead and sin, since you will just fall in the end”, OR,” try try try to be stronger” OR, “hate […]
Worry is something we take! So how much worry should I invest in tomorrow? None? Not even for Food or Clothing? Does God want me to run around naked and starving? No! That is precisely why it is a waste of energy to worry about these things–my heavenly father knows that I need these. Besides, […]
The truth won’t work on someone who WON’T examine themselves or accept feedback. PASSIVE AGGRESSION: Irritating others by getting them to count on us then not coming through while fooling ourselves by believing that we have good intentions and are actually unusually loving, kind, gentle, patient, faithful, peaceful. We cause others to count on us […]
I take a look at the world around me, starting with the tip of my own nose. That, and everything else I see will cease to exist in a blinding flash of intense heat. Considering that, what should my priorities be? 2 peter 3:10 But the day of the Lord will come as a thief […]
God commands me to examine myself, to let ALL scripture reprove me, to ask God to search my heart, to let the iron of his word and faithful friends’ reproof sharpen my iron. Do I really want to be a sharp sword in his hands? Then I must have frequent sharpening. All scripture will first […]
THE TRIBAL DANCE
A scientist recently admitted that his evolution bias had caused him to assume that primitive chimpanzees would behave like animals and never show altruism. That higher human functions would come from further evolution and the refining effects of education. Then, one day, he watched some chimps longer than usual. He saw the usual fighting but […]
WHAT’S YOUR EXCUSE?
Do you remember what happened when a certain rich man invited the “proper” guests to the wedding 17 And sent his servant at supper time to say to them that were bidden, Come; for all things are now ready. 18 AND THEY ALL WITH ONE CONSENT BEGAN TO MAKE EXCUSE. The first said unto him, I […]
Of course the “Sunday school mind” replies, “Of course I want to be directed by God, what could possibly lead to a better life?” In my own case I’m not so sure. His “better” has nothing to do with comfort or function but rather to bringing himself glory and conforming me to his image. In […]