Gods and Gifts

In order to love what God has made well, one must love God. Without acknowledging the Creator, love of created things will veer off in a bad direction. It may move towards pure idolatry, where one worships and seeks ultimate meaning and joy from created things (food, family, human affection, human respect, etc.). You might... Continue Reading →

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My Worst Enemy

I won’t waste your time:  My worst enemy is my own sin.   I am always tempted to look at what others have done to me, or are currently doing to me, or how I'm being shortchanged in a certain way as my biggest problem.  It makes sense to a shortsighted, self-centered mind.   "The... Continue Reading →

30 Seconds On Idols

   One of the duties of a child of God is to call the people of his day, of his nation, to stop worshiping their idols.   Their idols, mind you.  Not somebody else's.  It wouldn't do any good for me to tell 21st century Cincinnatians to stop falling down before a golden calf, and... Continue Reading →

Love and Hate

A Christian should have many loves, because the God He sees and knows as beautiful is the God who made this world.  And, like everybody, all of his hatreds flow from his loves.  But with the healthy  Christian, this principle works out for the benefit of the wider world. The Christian whose heart is in... Continue Reading →

Augustine:  Better Hopes

   I want to share one of the most beautiful descriptions of a conversion I've ever read, from Augustine's Confessions.  It's his brief account of 2 young men who were born again while reading as visiting guests in the house of a Christian.   16 centuries between us and these 2 guys.  But there's a... 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 →

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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