Let This War Kill Him

One of the most freeing parts about being a Christian is being on the right side in a war that's already been won.   And one of the villains who has been laid down in that war is all of the worst things inside of yourself.   We're preaching through the Sermon on the Mount... Continue Reading →

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Some Personal Proverbs

The proverbs of Solomon, son of David, king of Israel:  To know wisdom and instruction,to understand words of insight, to receive instruction in wise dealing, in righteousness, justice, and equity; to give prudence to the simple, knowledge and discretion to the youth — Let the wise hear and increase in learning, and the one who... Continue Reading →

How Do You Deal With Pain?

 Let me generalize, here.  I'm going to say, for brevity's sake, that there are 4 ways people deal with pain:  By pretending, by dwelling in it, by running, and by trusting.  Cue drum roll.  Pretending Maybe you've tried this one.  You might pretend that you are beyond pain's grasp (no one is), or that you're too... Continue Reading →

Poisonous Root

   I have known people who have chronic physical pain, at least one with intense back and hip problems, who still smile and generally speak to neighbors and family with warmth. I know at least two people who have vicious relatives they have to interact with weekly and yet who still treat the offending family member... Continue Reading →

Please Stop Gossiping, Christian

   Gossip is verbal homicide.   It slays people, relationships, and reputations.   Its destructiveness, like a nuclear disaster, can't really be measured for years.   It tears down individuals, marriages, churches, and families.  The Apostle James tells believers in James 3, "Consider how large a forest a small fire ignites. And the tongue is a... Continue Reading →

15 Seconds For the Bitter

   Often, the chain that binds your heart to bitterness is self-righteousness.  It's the controlling, constant belief that you did not deserve what was done to you.  And so you can't forgive.  You can't stop re-living it.  You can't stop hating.   If that's you, let go of the illusion that you are intrinsically righteous,... Continue Reading →

30 Seconds On Grace

   Christian, the grace you extend is the grace you really believe in.  If you do not forgive the sins and mistakes of others, it is because, regardless of what you say, you do not approach God with the posture of one who has been forgiven of wrongdoing.   Instead, you see yourself as more righteous... Continue Reading →

15 Seconds On the Happier Life

    You can't have a happy life and a fretful one at the same time.  The happier life is the self-forgetful one, the one where you don't take your worldly standing or pecking order very seriously.  The one where you cherish Jesus and His Kingdom more than wealth or physical comfort or whether other people... Continue Reading →

Only One Choice

   There was a time not too terribly long after Jesus ascended to Heaven when the Roman Emperor wanted to ensure everybody in the Empire was being Roman enough.  His name was Decius, and he decided to have everyone make a sacrifice on his behalf to the Roman gods.  Many Christians bravely declined, and were... Continue Reading →

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