Christian Living · encouragement · Prayer

Do you know how to love others well?

How often do I get so bogged down in my own struggle that I fail to really notice the struggle of the people next to me? I may glance their direction and see them in a moment of triumph only to miss the next moment when they fall flat. We have a tendency to walk as though in a tunnel, not seeing the wider world around us. We focus only on who or what is in front of us (usually through the small screens of our phones) while running the risk of ignoring—or even injuring—the souls beside us.

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Books · Christian Living · encouragement · God's Love

Oh rats! I can’t keep making excuses?!

Rats aren't really my thing. People may enjoy having them as pets, but after having trapped one in the garage of our first house and found a half-eaten one on the back porch of the aforementioned house... well, let's just say I've had enough of rats. C.S. Lewis, however, uses them in an effective illustration… Continue reading Oh rats! I can’t keep making excuses?!

Christian community · Christian Living · Faithfulness · Forgiveness · God's Love · Knowing God · Study

Does God Need Us to Make Excuses for our Sin?

This is part 3 of the series "Why are you making excuses?" To read the previous post, click here. This is a tale of two kings---two very real kings---from ancient Israel. Both kings made a choice to sin. Both received punishment for their sins. Both made apologies to God. Only one chose repentance. Our first King… Continue reading Does God Need Us to Make Excuses for our Sin?

Christian community · Knowing God

Are you ‘getting nothing’ out of your church service?

Throughout my years of being a Christian, I’ve attended thousands of worship services. I’ve listened to sound and engaging preaching, endured a fair number of confusing sermons, sung countless songs, and watched the behavior of fellow Christians. I am ashamed to admit there are more than a few services from which I leave saying, “I got nothing out of it.” I frequently blamed the preaching, the song leading, the members nodding off, my own exhaustion, the failure of others to acknowledge my existence, but rarely did I do the thing that really needed to be done. Instead of saying, “I got nothing out of it, I should have been asking, “What did I put into it?” When we feel like we are leaving worship “unfulfilled,” it’s time ask ourselves some hard questions.

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Making Excuses or Taking Action?

This is part 2 of the Series "Why are You Making Excuses?" To read the previous post, click here. As I read the news and sift through messages of entitlement and blame-shifting, I fall into the trap of thinking this is some new problem. Reading historical narratives reveals there really is nothing new under the… Continue reading Making Excuses or Taking Action?

Christian Living · Knowing God · The Word of God

Why are you making excuses?

Some would say blame-shifting is a popular trend these days. It does seem as though our society promotes this idea of abdicating accountability. Despite what we think, people have been making excuses since the first man and woman. Apparently, nobody ever likes to be caught doing something they shouldn't, or failing to do something they… Continue reading Why are you making excuses?

Christian Living · The Word of God

The Best Way to Resist Temptation in Your Life

Our smartphones have made access to pornography easier than ever. Mobile ordering fuels our craving for instant gratification. The ability to connect to just about anybody anywhere makes it easier to have illicit relationships. Yet despite the tendency to blame technology for rampant sin, temptation has been a problem since the beginning of time. In… Continue reading The Best Way to Resist Temptation in Your Life

Christian Living · Uncategorized

Ways to be Considerate to One Another During Cold & Flu Season

Flu season is in rare form this year, with experts saying it is one of the worst in recent memory.   This past Monday, my daughter went to urgent care with all the signs and symptoms of flu. Even though she tested negative, the doctor and I both agreed to treat it like flu. The… Continue reading Ways to be Considerate to One Another During Cold & Flu Season

encouragement · Fear · Knowing God

For those who are struggling with fear

According to the popular YouVersion Bible App, “the bible verse that was shared, bookmarked, and highlighted most often by the global Bible App community in 2017” was Joshua 1:9: “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you… Continue reading For those who are struggling with fear

Christian Living · Knowing God · Trust

Are you Walking With God?

This idea of walking with God comes up again and again in the scriptures. Noah walked with God. Moses commanded the people to "walk in all [God's] ways." The apostle John commanded Christians to "walk in the light as [God] is in the light." The apostle Paul wrote "walk by the Spirit" and "keep in step with the Spirit." We know we are supposed to walk with God, but what does this look like in our lives?