Perspective

The Lord’s perspective

Sometimes people and God can see the same situation very differently. Remember the perspective of the twelve tribes upon hearing the spies report about walled fortified cities and tall people?  They saw an impossible task. God’s viewpoint was entirely different.

Remember what happened when God sent Samuel to anoint a son of Jesse as king of Israel? “When they arrived, Samuel noticed Eliab and said to himself, ‘Surely, here before the LORD stands his chosen king!’  But the LORD said to Samuel, ‘Don’t be impressed by his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. God does not view things the way men do. People look on the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.” I Samuel 16:6-7

Sometimes people and God can see the same situation very differently. But, there is one topic where no one can afford to see things differently than the Lord. Continue reading The Lord’s perspective

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What exactly is “born again?”

Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God” (John 3:5, ESV).

Jesus often made use of a linguistic/grammatical tool called parallelism. It is a colorful and repetitious communication that God employs throughout Scripture in order to aid our comprehension of spiritual things. Continue reading What exactly is “born again?”

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Parents, listen to testimony before judging

When a prisoner stands before the judge, he defends himself through his attorney. Even if found guilty, he knows he presented his case for innocence.

In our legal system, we’re innocent until proven guilty. We cherish this freedom and we’d do all within our power to retain that civil right. Sadly, too many children lack this privilege in their own homes. Continue reading Parents, listen to testimony before judging

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Slow growing

Instant gratification – this is not something that a garden provides. My sister-in-law has a gift for transforming drab porches and patios into a welcoming haven within a matter of days, sometimes only hours. In stark contrast, my bargain-hunting compulsions leave me with little choice but to wait much longer to see the rewards of my labor.

When an unusual variety is desired, what is usually required is starting it from seed. That process is not compatible with a demand for immediate color in the garden. Continue reading Slow growing

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Hairstyles and identity

“‘Their camels will become plunder, and their many cattle for booty, and I will scatter to all the winds those who cut the corners of their hair; and I will bring their disaster from every side,’ declares the LORD” (Jeremiah 49:32 NASV).

It is not news to many that people’s styles and habits differ from region to region, even in the same country. This is even truer as one gets further from home and in different nations and even continents. Continue reading Hairstyles and identity

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Which one is arrogant?

“All these things my hand has made, and so all these things came to be, declares the Lord. But this is the one to whom I will look: He who is humble and contrite in spirit, and trembles at my word” (Isaiah 66:2).

You know the jibe that Churches of Christ think we are “the only ones” going to heaven. Perhaps we should begin with some humility. It’s not a question of the church of Christ being right. It’s a question of the Bible being right. We are right only to the degree that we teach Scripture. Continue reading Which one is arrogant?

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Born of the Spirit, walk in the Spirit

God sought “true worshipers [who would] worship the Father in spirit and truth” because “God is Spirit” (John 4:23-24, NKJV). The connection with God must be made in the spiritual domain. Accordingly, we must be born of the spirit (John 4:24).

The spiritual realm is our new environment and we must grow daily and learn an entirely new world. God’s Word is the only way we’ll learn what we need to know to live there (2 Timothy 3:16-17). Continue reading Born of the Spirit, walk in the Spirit