Your Life As A House

I was thinking this morning during a conversation with my wife.  That happens a lot on Saturday mornings, because we both drink coffee and the kids quiet down as we drive around our side of town and sight see.  The thoughts were about people we know who claim to be Christians, and think they are... Continue Reading →

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A Catechism for Our Day

The Word of God is always relevant.  And our hearts will be healthier when they are brought under it. A Christian who brings Scripture and the God of Scripture to bear on his thoughts, emotions, choices, philosophy, theology, self-talk, vocation, family dynamic, behaviors, hobbies, and habits will be a Christian whose spiritual muscles and bones... Continue Reading →

Killing Anxiety

For a Christian, anxious thinking is illogical thinking.   When a Christian is anxious, he is assigning more weight, more power, to his problem than to God.  This is, after all, the God He professes is sovereign and who He claims loves him.  And yet here this Christian is, worried and nervous and agitated and irritable.... Continue Reading →

Don’t Take This Personally

No one's life has ever been made better by taking more things personally.  With each gesture, each word or tone of voice that I choose to take as an affront to my worth or goodness I make myself a little more miserable and a little more insufferable.  That child who just rolled his eyes at... Continue Reading →

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 →

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 →

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