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
As a child, I often heard the phrase, "See no evil, Hear no evil, Speak no evil." So many times, the lessons of our childhood ring with truth in our adult years. Solomon wrote, "Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it." (Proverbs 4:23). As the center of our being, … Continue reading Guard your Heart!
I remember the truth spoken quietly, almost as a secret, from my wise grandmother: "Things are not always as they seem." The veil lifts to expose reality, not hiding but not at first clear. What if the world around you, as it is presented, is not as it seems? What are the implications of this … Continue reading Lifting the Veil: “Things are not as they seem”
Labels can be limiting, close-minded, and ultimately de-humanizing. I challenge you to rise above them. Ask yourself: Do you see your friends as being a part of a certain group or a set of beliefs? When you hear a name, do you think of the shared memories with your friend? Or do you, instead, think … Continue reading Rising Above
Choose to be kind to others not because they're nice, but because you are. Don’t justify your actions on the “wrong” behavior of others. Don’t respond with anger to a lack of kindness in others. Don’t choose in response to the poor choices of others. You can’t blame other people! I tried this as a … Continue reading Turn Around That Pointed Finger
Extreme views are always found along the outer edges of the truth. That's why they're known as extreme. Words like "all," "never," "completely," "unequivocally," "the worst," "the greatest," and their companions are signals that what you're hearing lies some distance from the truth. They're often coupled with broad generalizations, of the population or of certain … Continue reading Be Aware of Extreme Words
“I believe in a Divine Creator, but not in Christianity or any of the other religions of the world.” A friend recently typed this sentiment. It’s heart-breaking. Evidence of God’s creation is certainly easy to see. All around us. Nature. Our children being born. The goodness we share with each other. The love that overcomes … Continue reading “Don’t you know me, Philip?”
Jesus is Christ, the Son of the Living God. Hey, eye-rollers! Yeah, you. How many of you rolled your eyes with reading that statement. Raise your hands! How many of you stopped reading altogether? I would say, "Raise your hands!" but you didn't stick around for the rest of this discussion. It's amazing how that … Continue reading Bold Proclamations
Well, I believe…” How many times do you hear or read that? Frequently, I’m sure. Me too. That phrase is used far too often within the Church. “We can agree to disagree.” “We’re both entitled to our beliefs.” “Don’t want to offend.” Nonsense! That’s all well and good if we’re talking about the best filet … Continue reading “Well, I believe…” / Who cares?
“Heaven is a prepared place for a prepared people.” Heard this statement during our lesson Sunday morning. It resonates. Want to go to Heaven? Me too. And we must be prepared. To be prepared, we must seek and find the truth. And we must seek that truth first and above all! “Seek ye first the … Continue reading Heaven: A Prepared Place