Saturday, September 3, 2016

Christianity can be Itself

Often we will see pastors or Christians try to market Christianity in ways to draw attention. They try to grab peoples attention in a "shocking" way and then relate to scripture.
Maybe we would simply do better to preach the gospel of grace found in the cross. To dwell on the hard says of Jesus of what it means to follow him.
If Christians wants to "shock" the world then the simplest way is to expound Christianity as it truly is in all of its glory.

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Following Jesus

Following Jesus often means taking a difficult path instead of an easy path. It is always worth it to follow Jesus in the view of eternity, but often in the moment we wonder why we are taking the difficult route.
Why do we try to love show God's love when we are not loved in return? Why do we try to live at peace with all people when all people do not wish to be at peace with us?
It is not easy following Jesus, but it is always worth it.

Sunday, July 3, 2016

True Success

True success can only be success which is done through God's means. Often true success may look much like failure to the world. We may have passed up on a change to "stand up for our rights" or to "push our way to the top."

God call us to walk with Christ. Often as we walk with Christ we will find that we will need to redefine success to match God's views rather than our own.

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Sin Depletes Long Term Happiness

Sin has the tendency to put short term happiness over long term happiness. The nature of sin is that it leaves the sinner empty.

What is offered in the moment is at the expense of the long term joy. God tells us to follow him because his yoke is easy and the burden light.

The commands of God are difficult in the moment. The commands of God also are easy in the long run as the protect us against our tendency to sell out our happiness.

Saturday, May 7, 2016

Without Love We have Nothing

Without love we have nothing. We often get caught up in the details of faith and pass over the most basic teachings of scripture.

Any discussion of Christian ethics or Christian living must be concerned with love. If we have right teaching but lack love we have nothing.

If we truly love God and love others all else will fall into place.

Saturday, April 9, 2016

Joy and Ministry

Often it is easy to worry about what we are called to do for God. Maybe we should simply ask what we enjoy doing for God.

In are careers we are often at our best when we enjoy what we do. When we serve God we are often at our best when we serve in areas we enjoy.

We often worry too much about calling and skills and not the joy God has put in us. If we follow joy in ministry we are often at our best.

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Speaking the Truth

The task of a servant of God is to speak the truth. Having love and compassion when speaking the truth is important, but we must remember the truth is often unpopular.

Living out our faith and speaking the truth in love is not always easy. We are not divisive when we speak truth in love in the church.

The divisive theologian wishes to keep the peace at all times. To steer away from any conflict at all costs. Often the most divisive people in the church are mistaken as peacemakers.

A true Christian peacemaker cares for the truth. To seek peace at all times regardless of truth is not Christian.