Far too often those lunch buddies are like-minded people that we have pre-approved as worthy of our fellowship. I do it too, but the flaw in this is that we are not leaning into the tension of the teachings of Christ...
I don’t even know why, but from the time I was a kid I always loved Galatians 6:7: “Don’t be deceived, God will not be mocked; whatever a man sows, that will he also reap.”
Some will say that denominations are unnecessary and actually hinder the commission of Christ to the universal Church. I submit that denominations are not perfect in any way, however, their existence is more important to the complete fulfillment of the commission of Christ.
I can’t help but wonder what God feels when He looks at the world. What did He feel when Eve bit into the apple? The Heart that sends Itself to die must be a broken one.
"The title of this blog isn’t for shock value or to be controversial. It’s not meant as click bait to get more views generated. As a Christian man, it’s exactly how I feel. Let me explain…."
We sit and we wait to be motivated to do those things that we’ve resolved beforehand, and in doing so we completely disregard how motivation works.
Who are we to tell the Man Himself, the Holy One, the Creator of the Earth and everything living on it, that He messed up when He created us?
"... The kids I see and teach won’t remember the Women’s March, they will remember the election. And that has already started a chain reaction that I know will take a long time to stop."
I used to be a feeler. I was able to deeply experience, to sense the world around me and take it in. Songs like “How He Loves” would put me in an ethereal state as I breathed in the way I felt and the joy, sadness, happiness, and life that involved.
About two or three years ago - that quickly changed.
Truth be told, I became comfortable with God. He was the guy who was watching over me. He was the friend I had. He was the awesome dude who gave me stuff and loved me, this I know. Now I’m not saying that these are inaccuracies. Each premise (and yes, each is a song that was in my childhood) has scripture to back it up. But, the truth is, that’s not enough. God is these things, but He is also so much more.
"People need us to show them the love of Christ more than we need plastic baby Jesus in our front yards, or the word “Christmas” on our Starbucks cups. Jesus is the reason we love. He’s the reason we live. He’s not the reason we should be a Grinch."
There are nine months in there that we read nothing about in Scripture. Is this not, in many ways, the First Advent?
At some point on this journey we have to ask, “What’s my light at the end of the tunnel? What’s my hope that keeps me going?”
We the American church live without regard to the standards of God. We view holiness, God’s moral standard for our lives, as an extra quality, as something for “goody-goody” Christians.
We can’t b.s. God, no matter how hard we try. It is so easy to do the right thing because we have the wrong motive.
"The bible presents beauty not as some intangible definition that can vary depending on who is beholding it, but rather a constant state of being because of Who made it."
"If I truly put my faith in the Creator of the Universe, then I should be open minded enough to listen to various points of view, knowing that God's truth will be revealed if I'm truly seeking it. Because of this philosophy, I can confidently listen to views that are the exact opposite of what I've been raised to believe, and have meaningful conversations with those who are presenting those views."
"It is time to look at doubt without fear. We must rather embrace the questions of doubt as an opportunity and a promise for God to prove his faithfulness and reveal the extent of his love for us."
"The question on my mind is that if I am a child of God, why is it that I feel so alone sometimes? Or if I really have the Spirit of God with me, why is it that I feel so broken more times than not?"