“Don’t be deceived,” James warns, “Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father … who does not change like shifting shadows” (James 1:16-17).
Some are indeed deceived. They mistake the temporary gratification of sin for a blessing “from above.”
After all, the pleasures of adultery are undeniable. Revenge can bring quick and cheap gratification. Crushing someone else by gossip or hurtful words can bring a kind of pleasure. Continue reading “When a blessing doesn’t look like a blessing”
OK, all of you who are getting older, can we all agree to not be the kind of older Christian who torpedoes the zeal and love of young Christians?
Sure. Stand for biblical truth.
Also, sure, provide the wise advice that should come from an older Christian.
But can we please draw the distinction between biblical truth and things that simply don’t matter in eternity? Continue reading “Growing up”
In our bathroom hangs a wall print of an antique phone with British newspaper ads in the background. It’s impossible to say if the ads were real ones from the late 1800s, or if they’re the product of some modern mind. They look real anyway.
One of the ads offers an old phonograph for sale, the kind with the immense flower-shaped speaker on top. At the bottom of the ad, in caps, is the underlined phrase, “HAVE IT NOW.” Continue reading “‘Have it now’”
When a baby is born, they are fed milk or formula until they are able to handle solid food. As we grow, we have a greater say over our diet.
Some choose to become meat eaters while others become vegetarians. Neither is inherently right or wrong since you can find a host of experts and advocates on both sides.
Spiritually, though, we can be more certain. In the Bible, God uses diet to refer to spiritual maturity. New Christians can’t handle the advanced teaching that may be a normal meal for a mature Christian. Continue reading “Spiritual vegetarians”
“So then, be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.”
Matthew 5:48 NET
Nobody’s perfect. You’ll hear this cliché on the lips of saints and sinners, excuse-makers and mature disciples.
Our modern definition of perfect is to be without sin. And by that the phrase, “Nobody’s perfect” is correct, even though the use of it often seeks to get people off the hook and excuse sin. Continue reading “Be Perfect”