The story is told of a father who brings his oldest son to settle on a homestead. The father lays out the plans for his son: where to build the house and barn, where to lay out the fields for planting, and where to dig the well. The father then leaves this work to his son while he goes to collect his wife and younger children.
After many months the father returns and the son happily shows off his hard work. The house, barn, and fields are all in line with the father’s desires, but the well is in a different location. When asked why, the son replied, “Father, the house, the barn, and the fields were all in the right place. I agreed with your direction. But I did not agree with where we should dig the well. So I placed it here.” Continue reading “Compliance or submission”
“Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is. And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit, addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with all your heart, giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, submitting to one another out of reverence for Christ” (Ephesians 5:15-21 NET).
As Christians, there is a distinct way we need to live. Continue reading “Be filled with the Spirit”
As Jesus approached the time of betrayal, it would seem he did so with the same apprehension that you or I would have had. What lied ahead of him was the worst events you could image from either a physical or spiritual perspective.
Physically it was one of the most torturous deaths that humans had ever devised: crucifixion. The Romans had taken this form of execution to the heights of torture and humiliation, as well. From what I understand, they knew exactly where to put the nails to inflict the most excruciating pain possible. Continue reading “The last temptation of Jesus”
Joel Osteen, improbably youthful looking minister of the Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas, is apparently completely unaware of the concept of sin. This is amazing, as he lives in a major metropolitan center where presumably the raw side of life should be apparent, the suffering and victimization that comes from, well, the less than stellar actions taken by people. Victims of abuse, alcoholism and abandonment are evident everywhere. It makes one wonder: Does the “Smiling Evangelist” care about all those who suffer?
It’s not hard to see why his materialistic version of Christianity is popular. Apparently Jesus came to the earth, not so much to save sinners (1 Timothy 1:15), but to make us prosperous, have a nice house and wear cool clothes. Continue reading “It pays to be a Christian”
How people yearn to have some visible object to venerate! Most religions feature statues and images to which worshipers offer food, drink and precious objects. Shrines dot the landscape of nations across the globe and pilgrims make long treks to bow before these “sacred” relics. Continue reading A True View Of God
“Chilling” is a word that comes to mind in reading the article published in the “New York Times” on June 11, 2010. Entitled “Merely Human? That’s So Yesterday”, the article describes a conference held recently in California. Continue reading A New Tower Of Babel?
Barack Hussein Obama II is set to be inaugurated on January 20 as the 44th President of the United States of America. In officially being sworn into that office, he will inherit a mind-boggling amount of power and privileges. Continue reading The Ruler Receives Power
If you ask what is my favorite sport, I’ll respond in a heartbeat – college basketball. I’ve sometimes had interest in professional baseball, but nowhere near my enthusiasm for roundball. “March Madness” is a phrase I understand well. Continue reading Hard To Coach
Men must learn how to be the type husbands God desires. Continue reading How to Love Your Wife