God’s will for my life

There seems to be a lot of concern these days of Christians trying to work out what God’s will for them is. It’s as if God has something special for each one of us to do for him, but the problem is that we have to figure it out. We read books and hear lessons about discovering God’s will for us.

This way of thinking has given me concern for a couple of reasons. First – what if I never figure out what God’s will for me is? Does this mean that I’m a failed Christian and doomed for eternity? Second – I cannot find this way of thinking anywhere in the New Testament. Continue reading “God’s will for my life”

Where were they?

Throughout the time Jesus was teaching and travelling with his disciples, there was one lesson – a prediction, if you will – that he kept emphasizing over and over to them. From the time they realized that he was the Messiah, Jesus explained to them what would eventually happen to him: “Then Jesus began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders, chief priests, and experts in the law, and be killed, and after three days rise again. He spoke openly about this” (Mark 8:31 NET). Continue reading “Where were they?”

But the genealogies are so boring!

For whosoever shall do the will of God, the same is my brother, and my sister, and mother” (Mark 3:35).

If you are an American citizen, next time you’re out and about, randomly pick two other people besides yourself. Don’t point at them or anything, just visualize, please. Statistically, one of you three can trace your roots to an immigrant who passed through Ellis Island (nyharborparks.org). Over 100 million Americans trace their roots to this spot, where the “poor, tired, huddled masses” entered the “golden door.” Continue reading “But the genealogies are so boring!”

‘Don’t fight against the Lord God’

In a recent online discussion, a transgendered person claimed to have his own god that imposed upon him no obligation and only offered pleasure. He asked me if I could choose my god. I replied that we all have a choice, and the issue is to choose the true God, because we must live with the consequences of those choices.

With that, the conversation went no further. Continue reading “‘Don’t fight against the Lord God’”

Essence of the abundant life

For whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he shall have abundance: but whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken away even that which he hath” (Matthew 13:12, ASV).

Need something done? Find a busy person.

That’s the old saying, one that Paul would call “faithful.”

Tom Holland once wrote (and I’m not getting out the book, but I’m pretty sure it was The Preacher and His Work, but I’ll get it close enough) that a person who says, “I never have enough time,” is actually saying, “I am a poor manager of time.” Oh, how that statement stings with truth! Continue reading “Essence of the abundant life”