October 18, 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]

Your Purpose in the New Year

The beginning of a new year seems like a good time to reflect and evaluate things -- where you are in life, what direction you're headed in, and what you plan to do along the way. It's also a good time to re-consider your purpose in life. Not just what roles you play, or what you do for a living, but also your purpose as a Christian. It's a good time to meditate on what you, as a child of God, are supposed to focus on during your time here on earth. With that in mind, I'd like to share something I wrote in August 2011, about our purpose as Christians. And I'd encourage you to spend some time in prayer today, after you read this, seeking God's direction and instruction for being the [...Read More]

Friendship Is…

Friendship is being there, no matter what the personal cost. It is refusing to count your difficulties, and choosing instead to count your opportunities. It is sacrificing your time and energy for the benefit of the other, to show them some genuine love and minister to their heart and soul. Friendship takes work to cultivate and maintain. It takes continual effort if it is to be a Christ-honoring friendship. It means taking time to pray, keeping up with circumstances, rejoicing when they rejoice and weeping when they weep. [...Read More]

Set Apart for the Gospel

I started studying through Romans a few days ago, and there's one phrase I just can't get out of my mind. It's in the very first verse, where Paul introduces himself, just like he does in almost every other letter he wrote. This introduction was a very crucial part of letters in New Testament times, for many times the recipients had not seen the writer in many years or even decades. In the Romans' case, they had never even met Paul! And so, after he states his name, he adds some descriptive terms: a servant and an apostle. And then he adds a very interesting phrase, the one I keep mulling over in my mind. He describes himself as one who is "set apart for the gospel of God." [...Read More]

Chosen Ones

"But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light" (1 Peter 2:9). Why are we here? Many of you know the old catechism question that asks why God created man and woman, and its corresponding answer that says He created them for His glory. So we are here, on earth, for the purpose of glorifying God. But why are we chosen? Why did He look down from heaven and select you and me to be His children? [...Read More]

Our Bodies, His Temple

I want to start sharing with you all some of the things I've been learning about health issues. This might include thoughts on nutrition, specific problem-solving foods, the benefits of certain types of exercise, or how to deal with specific health issues... mostly things that I am personally dealing with and learning through my own hours of study and life experiences. But I want to preface anything I write in this category with a few thoughts from Scripture. First of all, remember that our bodies are the very temples of God, our Creator and the One who redeemed our lives with His own blood. We belong to Him, and thus our bodies belong completely to Him. And if we are Christians, our bodies [...Read More]