Making You Think
Life + Culture + Faith + Worldview
Challenge + Encouragement
I make promises and commitments I will not keep to people I care about and depend on me to follow through on my word. This is a very unsettling situation for someone who ‘prides’ themselves on personal integrity. The key word is ‘pride’. I have made huge moral and relational blunders in my past. My pride has blinded me to the fact that I am completely unreliable.
How would you describe the ‘tone’ in our nation today?
Would you describe it as charitable and peaceful or toxic and divisive?
We are a nation divided. The media is helping to drive the division. As a Christ-follower, I must counter this division with a comprehensive worldview anchored the word of God. I am called to think redemptively and pursue reconciliation through God’s love. Why is it so hard?
I am the quiet voice of the homeless living in the camps within your cities. I am the one you see on the sidewalk as you walk to work or take your kids to school. You are afraid to make eye contact with me because you think all I want is your money. So, you turn your gaze away. In doing so, your heart turns cold.
A good friend of mine in Montreal Canada posted a comment on Facebook this morning. He and I are on different sides of the political spectrum. So, here we are on the first page of a new chapter in history. As the ink spills and fills the future pages of this book, it is worth noting ‘what the heck just happened’ is not a political shift but a cultural shift.
Training for my first triathlon revealed the damage of my pursuit of partying. My lungs didn’t work properly, my swim sucked and I could not run more than a few miles.
After my first race, I realized something had changed.
Last night, I found myself reading about the Edward Snowden. While you may be able to hide from the NSA, the ways of man cannot be hidden from God. ALL is known by God.
Look for the sacrifice. An act of the will will be involved. It will be an abiding affection, delight and commitment by the one expressing it.
If you could listen to others describe you, do you think they would say that you are ‘humble’? We live in a culture that places a higher value on personality over humility.
The devotional below was distilled from Psalm 148:1 and Proverbs 16.
It’s been a little over two months since my father died of pancreatic cancer. The images of his suffering haunt me. I tried to ease his pain but found myself to be helpless. I’m left with a broken heart. But, not one tear is wasted. One thing I know. God is near the brokenhearted.
In all manner of life, there come opportunities. Whether in love, life or death; life has all manner of tides. Make the most of life
"The sun darkening at noon is a fit accompaniment of the death of Jesus. Is it not?" - C.H. Spurgeon 1896 (Three Hours of Darkness) Every Good Friday, I attempt to explore the agony of the Cross of Christ. It is a wonder beyond comprehension. Read of it in the Gospels...