Being a child is an exciting, terrifying time. Growth can occur at extreme rates. Every activity is new, or otherwise offers some new experience. But with all this growth, there are inevitable growing pains. Children who are learning to walk often fall. Children who are learning to climb often fall from less than comfortable heights. Bumps and bruises often accompany growth. Yet growth must be pursued, with vim and vigor. To children, stubbed toes and a bloody nose are small prices to pay for the reward of increased speed and dexterity.
Just as physical, emotional, and intellectual growth can be painful for children, spiritual growth can be painful for adults. But unlike most children, whose desire for growth is insatiable, adults are often content to wane rather than wax. Learning new things can be awkward, and we are often very uncomfortable in our awkwardness. So, instead of developing, we accept dying.
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“The righteous perishes, and no one takes it to heart” (Isaiah 57:1 NKJV).
It was just another story in the local newspaper. A schoolgirl accused her principal of sexual abuse. Shortly afterward she was set on fire and after struggling for life for a few days lost that battle too. There was a brief outrage in the community which soon settled down so that the incident became just one more of many. The principal of course denied any involvement with the girl or her death. Continue reading “Who cares?”
We must become Christians if we want to enter heaven. Christ paved a path to follow to reap the rewards of eternity. Head, heart and hands must all join as we live for the Lord.
Everything in Christianity was organized before time began (Ephesians 1:4), and God’s Word will be supreme after it ceases. What happens in the middle can have no effect because God’s will is so much bigger than we are.
God writes on a canvas larger than the universe and we’re an infinitesimal spot on the fabric (Psalm 139:7-12). Humility is easier the more we immerse ourselves in Scripture (James 4:10). We must perpetually place God on his throne as we sit in the dirt. Continue reading “Preaching and living”
Inside this structure we call “the church building”, I can go to many different windows to see the world outside. Each gives me a different perspective on things. Continue reading The Windows We Choose
When a football game is played in one team’s home city, it’s called the “home field advantage”. If given the choice, every coach would play every game under such conditions. Continue reading Satan's Advantage
Contentment is a direct line between God and me. I permit no one to come between us, for that will be the end of contentment. Continue reading Contentment and Sundry
Before modern scientific man began his studies of sociology and anthropology, observers had already noted specific characteristics of different people groups. One of the famous ancient poets wrote about his own people. Twice quoted in the New Testament, Epimenides spoke harshly of his own Cretan people. Continue reading Get Busy!