In the movie Breakthrough, a firefighter was convinced he heard a voice telling him to “go back.” He did, and Josh was found deep in the water. I know a lot of people don’t believe those “fairy tales,” and are prone to dismiss it as nonsense or hype. But it happened to me, too – twice.
As I watched The Passion of the Christ again this year, I paid attention to the various types of people and groups who were depicted in the film and the roles they played in executing Christ. It was profound because I saw myself as a member of nearly every group at some point in my life.
Many new Christians who choose to embark on the task of reading the entire Bible often start in Genesis 1:1 and work their way through Revelation 22:21. However, they often get bogged down in Leviticus or Numbers, and never advance beyond that claiming it is too difficult to understand. But, the YouVersion app’s approach is different.
What happens when you share your faith with others and they show indifference or outright anger. It’s like they popped your birthday balloon or smashed a treasured heirloom. Your heart is broken, but what can you do?
The reason we never saw our work week reduced despite technology making our jobs easier is because we never lowered our desire for more stuff, bigger houses, better cars, more elaborate vacations and fatter bank accounts. We never learned the secret of being content.
Each of us face those types of pressures all the time. People come into our lives to kill our hope, steal our dreams, and destroy our confidence. Or they seek to destroy our relationships, steal our peace, and kill our knowledge of who we really are and why we were created.
The frail, elderly woman did not preach an in-your-face gospel message. She wasn’t condemning people for their choices, beliefs, attitudes or words. But, she was sharing God’s word in a way that truly reminded Christians of what they possess, and enticed others to learn more about God and Jesus.
Prosperity without pain. It sounds wonderful. But many people forget the painful, often arduous little steps along the way that prepared the recipient to receive prosperity. The test for significance always comes through our response to the insignificant matters put before us.
The most difficult part about “it” is my relentlessness in trying to find a cause or a trigger and never succeeding. It just adds to the “feeling of failure” that often underlies it all. Which, of course, keeps the spiral alive.
Many people of faith wish the ability to discern God’s plan for their lives was as simple as visiting www.plan.god, entering a name and birthdate, and then sit back as the perfect plan unfolds on the screen. But, life isn’t that simple.
It is critically important that we watch our thoughts. What we allow into our minds and, more importantly, what we allow ourselves to dwell upon, has a major impact on our actions today and our ultimate destiny. Everything we do flows from the heart.
Anger will often rip apart, cause division and regret. Words said in anger may cut so deeply the wound never completely heals. Yet, love heals and binds. It brings sunshine to a darkened heart. Words spoken in love at just the right time can alter someone’s destiny.
(Nov. 24, 2018) — All of us love David and Goliath stories of ordinary people overcoming significant obstacles. However, there are some important lessons here as they pertain to any battles we face, be it a stubborn sin problem, an illness, massive debt, childhood trauma or an unhealthy relationship.
(Nov. 17, 2018) — If the path is unclear and the task appears overwhelming or even impossible; yet, you know in your heart it is something you need to do – and it aligns with God’s will – then take that first step. Show God you are serious and you desire to carry out his will.
(Nov. 7, 2018) — Devotionals are wonderful tools for helping to understand a passage or two of scripture. People who write good devotionals generally have keen insight and a unique way to apply the passage to everyday life. However, I don’t think devotionals can be considered genuine Bible “study” because no study is really involved.
(Oct. 20, 2018) — If we only hang around others who look like us, talk like us and think like us, how is anything other than “group think” likely to happen? In Luke 6:39, Jesus asked, “Can the blind lead the blind? Will they not both fall into a pit?”
(Oct. 13, 2018) — In the Old Testament, the process people had to go through to atone for their own sins was pretty remarkable considering all the burnt offerings, grain offerings, fellowship offerings, sin offerings, guilt offerings, wave offerings, food offerings, and drink offerings. Compared to Old Testament reverence, today we worship our work, work at our play, and play at our worship.
(Oct. 6, 2018) — It is a decision you alone must make. Even if you scoffed at Jesus (like I did), made fun of Christians (like I did), and ran away from his church (like I did), he still wants a relationship with you. He’ll forgive you of those mistakes because Jesus knows that if you spend time with him, you’ll come to know the real Jesus and to genuinely love him.