Two adults going overboard in anger, tend to realize that they are being ungodly and pig-headed, sothey back off and may even seek compromise or solutions. But, where’s the fun in that? Surely there must be something I can be pig-headed about and not feel guilty! Try TAKING-UP-A-FAULT. This is where I look for a […]
GRAB LIFE WITH GUSTO!
Pause and think as to what is going on when we are lukewarm. Remember that important Bible study tool FIGURE OUT MY NATURAL RESPONSE, HOW I LEND MY BODY MEMBERS SLAVES TO INIQUITY AND UNCLEANNESS/ GOD’S WAY WOULD BE PRETTY MUCH THE OPPOSITE. When I assume that I must be doing things right, I always […]
Let’s Watch God Work! A friend writes: (Excellent! I have something that I’d love to see a blog on.) Do you ever notice how we, although imperfect beings, tend to have MUCH higher expectations of ourselves than we do others? We “excuse” others because we know that “nobody’s perfect,” yet the same behavior in ourselves […]
God’s ways never lead to sin, but my response to them can be to sin more. As in Paul’s day where they argued that if their sin led to God pouring out grace which made God look good, then how could he be mad at them for sinning? Maybe I should sin so that grace […]
Pastors often point out that there should be a difference in what we say and do as a result of a relationship with God. True, but my problem is that my saying and doing naturally LOOK godly.it is the inner chatter–the HEART–that is the problem. You see, I was born “nice”. I spent my youth […]
I am called to judge that God’s ways work and other ways don’t. So, if I see another flaunting God’s ways I need to judge his danger and warn him. BUT I DON’T JUDGE HIM TO BE WORTH LESS THAN I, OR TO HAVE LESS HOPE, OR BE LESS LOVED THAN I. Galatians 5:14 For […]
16th Century Painting by Michelangelo Anselmi Christ and the Woman of Samaria oil on canvas, 18.75 x 15.5 inches (Photo credit: Wikipedia) I’ve asked for people to ask me questions and love it when they do. BUT … I am wired to think in terms of practical questions about life issues. When I run into […]
WHAT’S IN IT FOR ME?
I remember being ridiculed as a youngster ( when I felt that I was, once again, being overlooked and ignored) for whining “How about me?” This was one of myriad events that convinced me that, even when almost perfect, I was nobody and, if I screwed up, I was less than nobody. It is hard for […]
Boy, that title even rhymes! The Bible is full of bizarre suggestions, “Do the opposite of your natural inclination and it will work.” Such as: Choose to walk two miles when forced to walk one! When struck on one cheek, do not defend or counter-attack. Roll with it and try to find out where the […]
IT’S ALL MY FAULT
Whenever I do couples therapy, neither one wants to examine themselves. “Fix the other and I’ll be OK!” They wallow in the universal delusion that looking good is more important that being good. I used to run around being terrified by the delusion that, if I admit the reality that “I am the chief of sinners”, […]