Wonderful differences

After God completed his creation having made humanity both male and female, God saw it was very good. The differences between men and women range from our psychological make up down to our physiology.

When comedians highlight the stark contrasts in how we think, perceive and interact with our world, audiences break forth in hearty laughter. Why? Because they recognize the truth in these stereotypes. We are different.

Expressions like, “Can’t live with them. Can’t live without them,” give voice to spousal tension and frustrations. Yet, God saw all these differences as being very good! In fact, it is because of these differences that marriage can be a tool promoting spiritual development.    Continue reading “Wonderful differences”

When a blessing doesn’t look like a blessing

“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”

‘Have it now’

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’”

Spiritual vegetarians

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”

Be Perfect

“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”