In today’s day and age, it seems so much grabs at our attention. Television, news, commercials, etc. I see the challenges in myself. Jesus commanded us to not concern ourselves with the future. Yet, I do so often. Whether I worry about my finances, or read reviews to figure out what the next, exciting game I will purchase, I break Jesus’ commands, found in the Sermon on the Mount, in multiple ways. (more…)
After listening to a couple of books from C.S. Lewis, I moved onto another Christian author. Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy: A Righteous Gentile vs. the Third Reich provides yet another look into a sharp mind from our rich, Christian heritage. To my friends who believe that Christians, as a whole, simple accept the tenants of Christian faith, and most other aspects of life on simple faith, well, I encourage you to read about these two men. Just like atheists, Mormons, Muslims, and others faiths, you can find plenty of people who simple accept what they hear, and a few who have thought over their viewpoints (as well as the opposing points) very thoroughly.
Prov 29.18 Where there is no vision, the people perish
A few days ago, a friend spoke to me about how his church prayed for God’s direction in what they should do next. He struggled a bit with this because he lacked clarity about God’s Will in his own life! (more…)
Eph 2.8 For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.
Welcome to the first blog entry of the second season of New Direction, where we search the Spirit, Scripture and more discovering the New Direction God is leading his church in this post modern culture. Today, we take a look at subjective Christianity and legalism. (more…)
I have a question for my Facebook family and friends. Do you truly seek after God? Do you seek after him the way you seek money by going to work everyday, or seek the happiness of your spouse by the little nice things you do? All too often I see people who think religion and faith is something you check off on a ballot box somewhere. When someone in the family dies, they know how to answer when the hospital chaplain asks which religion the family follow. Yet, on any other day, they act, talk, and walk just like any other unbeliever out there.
Jesus gives us a strong warning in Matthew 7. “21 “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. 22 Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ 23 And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’”
Choose for yourself, this day, who you will serve. As for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.
… but as he who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, since it is written, “You shall be holy, for I am holy.” 1 Peter 1:15-16 ESV (more…)