3 NAUGHTY THINGS CHRISTIANS CAN DO!

3 Naughty_titleReady to be simply human as you pursue God?  Here we go with the naughty list, you can…

 

Doubt

Following a God who is spirit is a venture in faith, the flip-side of faith is doubt.  They go together like two sides of the same coin.  Seasons of doubt come to even the most devout.  If we look through the Bible, we find people doubting God’s purpose, God’s promise, themselves, and even God!

It is natural to go through seasons of doubt.  What builds or destroys is not the doubt, but what we do with it.  All champions in the faith had a few things in common: They were honest about their doubt.  They faced their doubt.  They continued even as they doubted and they ended affirmed in some way.  That’s how it worked for Gideon in an impossible call, Moses in an impossible mission, Abraham’s impossible age, Peter denying Christ, and Thomas doubting the resurrection.  They were all understandable, but in the end, each was answered.

 

Get angry

Contrary to popular opinion, God says it’s ok to get angry.  It’s not wrong, just human.  The danger is, we usually doing something stupid while we are angry.

God expects us to get angry at times.  But He offers us a few guidelines:

Warning!  –Fools give full vent to their rage, but the wise bring calm in the end.  Prov. 29:11

Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry because human anger does not produce the righteousness God desires.  James 1:19-20

“In your anger do not sin”: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, and do not give the devil a foothold.  Ephesians 4:26, 27

 

Be a hot lover

The Greeks had three words for love; moral love, love of a friend, and erotic love.  Scripture offers wisdom on excelling in all three… yes, even the erotic!

On the steamy side; read the Song of Solomon.  In this intense love letter, Solomon writes:

The curves of your thighs are like jewels, the work of the hands of a skillful workman.  Your navel is a rounded goblet which lacks no blended beverage. Your waist is a heap of wheat set about with lilies.  Your two breasts are like two fawns, twins of a gazelle. Song of Solomon 7:1-3

Ok, I’m going for a cold shower… be right back…

In today’s mindset, we equate sexual satisfaction in the thrills of novelty.  We see little more than boredom in the long-term or familiar.  But even psychological research is discovering that the most sexually satisfied people are those who have managed to stay in love over the long-haul and enjoy the depths of love that only time can provide.  The trick is, that type of love involves growth in the other two types of love.  (The Greeks had something there.)

So, there are 3 ways that God says, it’s ok to be “naughty”, just be honest about it- with Him, and with yourself.  It is certainly food for thought!

Breaking the Silence… with Caution

SilenceBreakersTime Magazine broke tradition this year by having a group instead of a person of the year.  In a compelling article about the “Silence Breakers.”  The article focuses on women galvanized around the hashtag “#MeToo” which is breaking the silence of sexual harassment worldwide.

Hurray for the courageous who are exposing these dark acts.  Scripture; Galatians 3:28, 1 Tim. 5:2, and James 1:27, has been crying out against this for 2000 years.

That being said; here are three gnawing concerns: Continue reading “Breaking the Silence… with Caution”

CHRISTMAS, DOES IT MATTER?

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There are interesting responses to this observance called Christmas.

  • There are the nay-sayers, pointing to the roots of a pre-Christian Europe and shouting, “Pagan!”
  • There are the secularists who embrace the “Christmas spirit”, seeing it as an inspiration to be extra kind. Be nice.  Give to the needy.  Surprise and delight children.
  • There are those who point to the profound act of God. Somehow, for some reason, an infinite God took on human form and entered our world to save us.

Continue reading “CHRISTMAS, DOES IT MATTER?”

VEGAS: SIMPLE, NOT SIMPLISTIC

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What positive could we possibly glean from the Vegas shooting?!  The most disturbing question on everyone’s mind is: How could a seemingly average man do such a thing?  For all the theorizing, he wasn’t that different from any of us. The comfort is in knowing that God has always known.  It’s at the core of His message to us.  There is an answer that is simple, but it is far from simplistic.  It is the foundational reason of why this happened, and how to guard against such darkness.  It deals with really understanding the nature of sin in all of us; how it really works.  I’ve never read a better explanation than this devotional from Oswald Chambers which you can access from our church website’s DEVOTIONAL PAGE.  Chambers’ article (Thursday) wasn’t written as a response to some recent shooting.  It was written in 1935 before people ever conceived of such things.  In summary, he writes:

The nature of sin is not immorality and wrongdoing, but the nature of self-realization which leads us to say, “I am my own god.” This nature may exhibit itself in proper morality or in improper immorality, but it always has a common basis— my claim to my right to myself. When our Lord faced either people with all the forces of evil in them, or people who were clean-living, moral, and upright, He paid no attention to the moral degradation of one, nor any attention to the moral attainment of the other. He looked at something we do not see, namely, the nature of man.   …  

God nowhere holds a person responsible for having the heredity of sin, and does not condemn anyone because of it. Condemnation comes when I realize that Jesus Christ came to deliver me from this heredity of sin, and yet I refuse to let Him do so.

Romans 6:23 makes the simple statement that “the wages of sin is death”, but death comes in many contexts and forms.  In how many ways did this “average man” die before raining death on so many others?  In how many steps and choices did he refuse to be rescued from our inherited sin nature, but instead he walked further into it?  There is nothing good about a senseless mass killing, but the good news is; God has the answer for it- why it really happened, and how to guard against such darkness.  The depth of the answer is beyond the scope of a little email, but those alive in Christ  can know this: We can grow in the answer, for the answer is not a psychological profile, social program, or law; it is a Person.  It always has been.

“Jesus said to them, “I tell you the solemn truth, before Abraham came into existence, I AM!'” John 8:58 NET

El Diablo

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“Those kids were playing their hearts out, but it was just so natural to try and cheat their way to heaven!”

You have to love what kids can teach you!  It was the third day of Kid’s Camp on the lake.  The theme this year was focus on goals.  Sarah was teaching a great lesson on heaven as a goal.  The kids were attentive and asking questions well beyond their years.  We’re all impressed with how well the lesson went; and now on to our favorite camp game, “El Diablo.”  It’s kind of like sharks and minnows, only with a spiritual twist.  The goal is to make it to the far line (heaven) without getting tagged by “El Diablo.” Continue reading “El Diablo”

CHARLOTTESVILLE

Charlottesville_picAfter the Charlottesville demonstration blew up in the news, I found myself asking, “What exactly, is the alt (alternative) right?”

I didn’t care much for what I found, but I admit, I was amazed at the extensive world out there!  For example:

Beside the blog group with the name sake, “Alt Right”, there’s the Identitarian movement, a white nationalist movement that advocates a return to “traditional western values”.  The Daily Stormer, a neo-Nazi white supremacist website; the Traditionalist Youth Network which supports “white supremacist view of Christianity” (as if that’s possible); The American Nazi Party; National Anarchism out of Britain that subscribes to each race living in their own confederation; The Council of Conservative Citizens, an American white supremacist group, and the list goes on and on. Continue reading “CHARLOTTESVILLE”