Posture is important

Those weeds are a pain in the neck….and back….and knees. For those of us with physical impairments, there are methods to compensate for those aches and pains.

Scattered around the overflowing flowerbeds in our yard are multiple milk crates, turned upside down and carefully placed among the plants. They allow me to reach the weeds and plant the flowers without bending at the waist or kneeling.

Often you may find a “reaching tool” lying on a bench or leaning against a fence. Continue reading “Posture is important”

Attitude

Jesus fashioned a whip of cords and drove the money changers out of the temple because they had made his Father’s house just an ordinary place of business (John 2:16).

Something interesting happened with the Lord’s disciples. These Galileans remembered King David had written, “For zeal for your house has consumed me, and the reproaches of those who reproach you have fallen on me” (Psalm 69:9 NASB). The disciples applied this verse King David had written of the Christ directly to Jesus. Continue reading “Attitude”

The power of hate

“For we once ourselves were also once foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving various lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful and hating one another” (Titus 3:3 NKJV).

Atrocities like those recently committed in Paris and Mali continue to outrage and astonish. We ask, “How can anyone treat other people like that?” I recently participated in a conversation in which the point was made that some cultures promote hatred as a virtue. In most nations in which Christianity has had influence children are taught to love and do good to others. But in many other settings they are taught to hate others, whether it be traditional enemies, strangers, or persons of different race or religion. Violent revenge is held up as a duty and an objective of which to be proud. Continue reading “The power of hate”

Five things that are wrong with the church!

OK now that I have your attention, I have a question: Why are we drawn so strongly toward the negative? The internet is littered with negative titles: “Four Things Christian Parents Are Doing Wrong!” the title screams, “Six Things the Church Should Get Rid of Immediately” another yells.

These articles appear to be written by well-meaning people, believers in Christ, no doubt. But it seems so hard to avoid negativity. Is the church perfect? Are Christians sinless? You know the answer to that. Is the church so sacrosanct that it should never be examined and critiqued? Of course not, though it seems to me that this need (for the church to be critiqued) is pretty soundly fulfilled. The Pacific Ocean has plenty of drops of water, and the church has plenty of critics. Continue reading “Five things that are wrong with the church!”