A bad choice starts much earlier than the moment of decision. Sin starts small before growing bigger. In the moment, when temptation is before me, my choice relies on what is already inside my heart. Small inputs in the days leading to this moment heavily influence my capability to act with integrity. Small moments of … Continue reading Check Your Inputs
Generosity of Spirit
“Generosity of Spirit” = One of the most important qualities we can offer our spouse, children, and family…to our friends and co-workers. Why is our default reaction sometimes set to a sort of "Stinginess of Spirit?" We must be generous in the grace, meekness, and forgiveness that we inject into our interpersonal relationships. … Continue reading Generosity of Spirit
One Source for a Lasting Joy
You've felt it before. It’s insatiable. Our search for joy; the hungering, thirsting, aching demand for joy. Unquenchable. With one exception. Lasting joy comes from our Creator, and him alone. If you’re filling the void with any other substitute, you’re most effective efforts provide only temporary results. One cannot be permanently satisfied with what this … Continue reading One Source for a Lasting Joy
Pride is not easily appeased. Even if it gets its way, it will come back later, wanting more and more. In the end, pride is empty and never filled. Humility is more easily satisfied. It wants not. Often mistaken for weakness, humility is rooted in strength. In the end, humility is full of life and … Continue reading Comfortable Humility
Book Review: “Beautiful Outlaw,” by John Eldredge
Remember reading a book and thinking, "I've never thought of it like that. Amazing!" Prepare for that kind of ride with John Eldredge's "Beautiful Outlaw." The gospel is "good news," providing a solution to our problem of sin. The Son of God; come to this earth to live as one of us, without sin, and … Continue reading Book Review: “Beautiful Outlaw,” by John Eldredge
What’s your self-concept?
“Tell me about yourself.” “What 3 words would your friends use to describe you?” Have you been asked these questions during an interview? Wonder why? The interviewer wants to know a whole lot more about your level of self-awareness, and less about the exact answers to these questions. What’s your self-concept? So many are absolutely … Continue reading What’s your self-concept?
Love is God
A lesson from 1st John. God is love. We can know God through love. We can see God through love. We cannot know God outside of love. We cannot love without God. “Let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. He who … Continue reading Love is God