October 20, 2017

You Don’t Need to Learn How to ‘Love Yourself’

Last week was Valentine's Day, and I couldn't believe how many times I saw the phrase love yourself. The world of greeting cards, inspirational books, and social media posts is filled to overflowing with this idea that we must love ourselves better (or more) before we can love others. But I'm pretty sure that's not what my Bible says . . . What did Christ call the two greatest commandments? Love God with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength. Love your neighbor as yourself. Notice He didn't say to love yourself first so that you can love others or God. He said to love others as you already love yourself. Nobody needs to be told to love themselves! We spend so many [...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]

What Kind of Garnish Are You?

Titus 2 talks about desirable character traits in older men, older women, younger women, and younger men. Each group has certain unique responsibilities corresponding to their various life stages, and each is commanded to own certain qualities in those life stages: self-control (this is mentioned for all four groups!) soundness in faith, love, and steadfastness reverence in behavior and speech hard work purity kindness The passage ends with an injunction for servants to obey their masters, which may seem irrelevant to us at first. But as Christians, we are disciples and servants of Christ! So it does apply to us, after all. And as servants, we are to have some additional [...Read More]

Practical Humility

Humility: what is it? So often we simply associate the concept of humility with a state of mind, a heart attitude, and don't pursue the idea any further. And humility does begin in the heart, and it does develop in the mind. But humility is practiced and matured outwardly. Humility is lived out on a very practical level, through our daily actions and interactions. What does that look like? Start your day with God. Meet with Him in private, before the cares of your day distract you. Focus your thoughts on His character, and acknowledge your dependence upon Him. Surrender the day ahead to His guidance, and determine that His will, not yours, be done. Study God's Word. Meditate [...Read More]