Peter asks a great question: “Since all these things are thus to be dissolved, what sort of people ought you to be in lives of holiness and godliness?” (2 Peter 3:11).
It’s a fact that the world is temporary and will burn up one day. The implications of this are that there should be changes in the way we behave! “What kind of people ought we to be?” These are the implications of the second coming. Our lives are driven by the cross behind us and the second coming before us! Continue reading Lessons from the Second Coming
Entitlement is something we feel we deserve because of who we are. Similar to gossip or lying, it’s something others have. We’re never guilty. Yet, it’s more entrenched than most in America realize.
Comfort is addictive. We’ve had it for years. Food, shelter, security and spending money are ubiquitous. We’ve no reason to expect anything else. Gifts are under the tree, a feast is on the table, decorations sparkle around us. Same as it ever was. Continue reading Are we grateful or entitled?
I need help. You do, too. There is no one who doesn’t need help to get to God and continue in the good way. Every moment we are influenced by someone. Christ chose his followers to be people who greatly influence others, with eternal effect. Continue reading The power of your influence is great
Have you ever wondered why plants called “annuals” only last for one season? It’s confusing. If we celebrate an “annual” event, it happens year after year, right?
And yet, in the botanical world, annuals are the short-lived plants, while perennials endure for years.
It is important to know the difference. Continue reading Struck down but not destroyed
“Then they said to the woman, ‘Now we believe, not because of what you said, for we have heard for ourselves and know that this is indeed the Christ, the Savior of the world'” (John 4:42 NKJV).
Specific beliefs and doctrines often have complex, far-reaching implications. For example the eastern doctrine of reincarnation, fundamental to Hinduism and related religions, is about much more than just multiple life experiences. If one is given a particular form of existence by the gods, it is obviously their will that the form be continued throughout that cycle of life. Devout Hindus believe it is an offense to the gods to attempt to change one’s caste or social status. If karma is earned and the gods are willing, one’s situation will be improved in his next life. Continue reading Inherited faith?
Do you remember the scene in The Avengers Assemble when Loki was growing tired of having to fight the Avengers and in particular the Hulk? He stopped fighting, held up his arms, and said, “Enough! You are, all of you are beneath me! I am a god, you dull creature, and I will not be bullied by…” And at that moment the Hulk flattened Loki by repeatedly smashing him to the floor, after which the Hulk could be heard to mutter, “Puny god!”
This scene has been rated as one of the most humorous in that film. But doesn’t it make such a good point? If Loki truly was an all-powerful god, then the Hulk could have done nothing to him. As it was, Loki could not even stand up to one of the Avengers.
Isn’t this what we also see in the plagues of Egypt? The Egyptians worshipped a plethora of gods. Through the plagues, God showed that he was more powerful than any of the Egyptian gods. Continue reading What God do you serve?
“Woe to me if I do not preach the Gospel!” (1 Corinthians 9:16).
You know the one about the boy who gave a dollar to the preacher? The preacher, surprised, asks: “What’s this for?” The boy responds, “It’s for you,” he responds. “My father says you’re the poorest preacher he’s ever known.
“Preachers,” we are reminded, “should talk about eternity, not for eternity.” Continue reading Preacher jokes
Mention missions and widely varying attitudes surface. Disagreements exist over strategies, the value of short-term missions and as I was recently reminded, even the degree to which a congregation should fund campaigners. Continue reading Sending the messenger
During traumatic events, we’re imprinted by the pain we’ve endured. The horrors are real and regardless of our age, race, religion, nationality or social status, we’ll have to fight through the trauma. There aren’t any healthy shortcuts. Continue reading Christians and trauma
Rocks and gardens go well together.
Not only does my garden contain a grouping of boulders in a conspicuous spot, but much of the garden beds are bordered by stones.
The more weathered and mossy the rocks are, the more attractive they seem to become. It’s almost like they have stories to tell. My boulders remind me of the generosity of the next-door neighbors. Continue reading Stones of remembrance