August 19, 2017

You Only Live Once

You only live once. It's become a trite catchphrase over the past few years, annoying to some and overused by others, but that doesn't make it any less true. You only live once. You don't get a do-over after you die. You don't reincarnate as another person or being of some other kind. You live once, and then you die, and that's it for life on this earth. You only live once. You only have one short lifetime to make a difference, to say kind words to those who are hurting, to love the unlovely, to share the gospel, to be an example, to help the less fortunate, to make a direct impact with your words and actions. You only live once. After you die, though your soul will [...Read More]

A Plea for Christian Americans

Christian Americans, the world is watching us. Our countrymen --  our neighbors -- are watching to see how we will respond to the unprecedented election of such a controversial figure and the fear and hatred that is running rampant throughout our nation right now. Whether you voted for Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, or someone else -- now is the time to prove our Christian values to those around us. Now is the time when we must show our obedience to God's command to love our neighbors and do good to all. Now is the time for us to reach out with respect and humility, with kindness and grace, toward all men and women -- no matter what our political beliefs or backgrounds. I am a [...Read More]

Why Is A Christian Worldview So Important?

We can't keep our faith in a box. It's not something that can be relegated to reading the Bible every morning and attending church on Sunday. It needs to color our realities, shape our perspectives, and direct our thoughts and action on day-by-day, moment-by-moment basis. It needs to instruct our view of this world, of humanity itself and all our endeavors. Every single realm -- from science to history, from creative arts to psychology, from occupation to recreation, from family relationships to personal ambitions -- must be viewed through the lens of God's truth. Why? Because how you see the world, and the people within it, determines how you interact with it. And how you interact [...Read More]

Love Tells the Truth

The word love gets thrown around a lot these days -- whether it's the most recent catchphrase ("love wins"), or the admonishment to "love the sinner and hate the sin," or simply the world's attempt to conquer hatred and injustice ("love conquers all"). But in the words of Inigo Montoya, I don't think that word means what most people think it means. True love does not blindly accept every new thing that comes along. True love does not look the other way when people are walking themselves into ruin. True love does not stay silent when there is truth to be shared. Yet that is exactly what the world wants us to do. It clamors for us to quietly succumb to the waning morality of [...Read More]

The Greatest Love: Before Our Story Began

Even before our story began, He knew how it would end. When He created the earth in perfect beauty, He knew it would decay under sin's curse. When He created mankind from the dust of the ground, He knew that creation would utterly reject his Creator. When He breathed life into man's body, He knew man would use that breath to curse and deny His love. When He promised an offspring who would bruise the tempter's head, He knew that offspring would be part of His very being, God Himself. When He flooded the world because of man's wickedness, He knew mankind would survive to become even more wicked. When He promised a son to Abraham, He set in motion a chain of events that [...Read More]

Stay Away from the Grey

I don't usually post about current happenings in our nation, but this time I can't seem to stay silent.  I must speak out against Fifty Shades of Grey, one of the most harmful things that is dragging millions along with its current and leading them swiftly towards destruction. "In a society that downplays the evil of evil, and even glamorizes it, we need to be regularly reminded of the danger of sin. Like a child that discovers a needle on the street and thinks it’s a toy, we can be dangerously naïve about what’s happening in our American entertainment." - Marshall Segal Please, I beg you, do not cause lifelong damage to yourself. Do not harm your spouse or future spouse. Do not [...Read More]

Hamster Wheel Mentality – or Reality?

Let me tell you a story about a hamster named Freddie. Every day Freddie wakes up, shakes the sawdust out of his fur, and scampers over to his favorite pastime: the hamster wheel. He hops on with all four feet and starts running for all he's worth. He's not really sure why he runs, but it seems like the thing to do. After all, every other hamster he's ever met -- 7 in the pet store where he was born, and 2 friends since then -- have spent their time running on a wheel. He figures it's just what hamsters are supposed to do. So Freddie runs, and runs, and runs. Occasionally he gets off the wheel to sip some water, nibble on a few seeds, and maybe snooze for a few minutes. But for the [...Read More]

Your Theology Affects Your Vision

Did you know that you are a theologian?  Yes, you -- moms and teens and cubicle workers and design enthusiasts and fitness gurus. If you are a Christian, then you are a theologian. It doesn't matter whether you're in seminary, or studying big theological tomes on your own, or even serving full-time in a church or mission. You are a theologian, because you have certain beliefs about who God is and what He does. You believe certain facts to be true, and certain facts to be false. You believe in specific characteristics of God, and have a particular belief about His purpose and plan for your life. These all make up the sum of your theology. Because theology, at its core, is simply the [...Read More]

Captivated with the Cross

How long has it been since you've gazed at the cross? Not just glanced, in the middle of singing a hymn; or simply acknowledged, in the middle of conversation -- but really, truly GAZED? How long since you've wept over the total abandonment shoved upon the holy Messiah? Or ached for the betrayal He willingly accepted? Or been crushed by the weight of sin that sentenced Him to death? Jesus died for you. And sadly, we get used to hearing that. It doesn't take long after the moment of salvation for that to become "old news." We've heard it so many times that we can recite the story in our sleep, as it were. We fail to remember just how marvelous, how wonderful, is our Savior's [...Read More]

New Year’s Resolutions for Every Christian

Have you set any goals yet for 2014? I'm actually still working on mine, taking some time to re-calibrate and pray over them, before sharing them publicly. But in the meantime, here are 5 resolutions that we should all stay focused on in the next 12 months. 1. Delight in His Word Spend time reading, studying, and memorizing Scripture this year. Internalize its truth. Post it around your house so you can meditate on it throughout each day. Think on it when you rise up in the morning, and lay down in the evening. Let it saturate your every thought! "Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his [...Read More]