Monday, September 4, 2017

Rest

Rest is an important part of the Christian life. We often feel pressure to do more and be more.

Jesus when he was tired often went into the wilderness to pray. We are to follow Jesus. For Jesus ministry included rest.

The bible repeatedly speaks of rest in the Old Testament (the Sabbath) and the New Testament. Rest is part of God's plan for Christians and helps us to be more effective in what God has called us to do.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Freedom

Living by faith we become who we were meant to be. The world defines freedom as living as we please.

The world's view of freedom leaves people empty. Living as we please leave one empty. In truth doing what we please is being a slave to sin.

True freedom is found in Christ. To find freedom is to make peace with God.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Living in Light of Grace

As followers of Jesus we live in light of Grace. We are asked to follow Jesus actively.

Often the focus we hear from others is on how we should not live. It is as if avoiding sin is following Jesus. We must, of course, live in a manner worthy of God, however, living by faith is not simply avoiding sin.

Living by faith is actively following God. Actively being a blessing to others. Living by faith is a courageous boldness that demands that we do.

We must also be holy. But being holy without actively living out our faith is not possible. To be different than the world we must love the world. Unmerited and flowing love is the mark of true Christian living.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Being Good vs. Appearing Good

At times in life we are presented with the choice of being good vs. appearing good. It is often that to appear good to the masses a person must subvert the truth or make others look bad.

Often those who look good are simply those who most evilly make anyone who opposes them look bad. We find many people who are only seen as good because the people that know their flaws are too afraid to speak against them.

Sometimes being good and doing the right thing is not popular. If we choose to be good we will be perceived as bad simply because what we do is not popular.

In the perspective of this life things are often scrabbled. But we live not in view of this life, but the life to come. Jesus bids us to follow him and live according to the will of God rather than the opinion of man.

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Not Yet to God's Promises

Often we feel issue with God's promises. God's promises seem to not be being fulfilled.

The issue of course is with our stance and perspective. We do not see God's promises in the light of eternity and we lack the patience to look past the moment.

We often err when we read scripture because we do not see that God's promises will be fulfilled, but not according to our timeline. Some promises will not be fulfilled until the age to come. If we have eyes to see then we can see the truth in God's words.

Sunday, December 25, 2016

Opinion

There is only one opinion which matters in the end that of God. We often are pulled in may directions by many voices.

We need to have courage to have one thought. To think only of following Jesus.

If God thinks well of us we should be satisfied that we are living well. All other opinions are of no value if they conflict with the will of God.

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Loyalty

Loyalty is a virtue often forgotten in the current day. It is a difficult virtue to practice as loyalty requires multiple people to practice the virtue together. Loyalty is an a sense a communal virtue.

We can seek to be loyal, but if others are not willing to have loyalty then true loyalty cannot exist. We should still see value in seeking to be loyal people in the world.

Often we must do the best we can in the world. To try to see what we can do rather than to give up and say that nothing can be done.