Think About It Archive

The cost of one sin is..?

May 23, 2019

The cost of one sin is . . . . ? Who knows? But I suspect we underestimate the impact of our disobedience. I think Adam and Eve might have thought too little of the potential consequences of their sin, don’t you, especially given their perfectly lush living conditions? One might also say that God’s response to…

“You bet your life…”

May 16, 2019

“You bet your life” . . . . . . We all “bet our lives” whether we know it or not. For those of you “seasoned” enough to remember, this “bet your life” statement might bring back memories of stand-up comedian Groucho Marx and the game show he hosted called “You Bet Your Life.” (No…

Please don’t knock on my door…

May 9, 2019

Please don’t knock on my door to ask me if I know Jesus.  Gone pretty much are the days of door-to-door salesmen, with the exception, I suppose, of Jehovah’s Witnesses. Our walkways lead to our fortresses, and for mostly reasons of fear strangers are not welcome at our doors. When it comes to methods of reaching people…

Was Jesus a “pig in a poke” for you?

May 2, 2019

Was Jesus a “pig in a poke” for you? What’s a “pig in a poke” you say? It’s a colloquialism to describe buying (or buying into) something without the buyer knowing the true nature or value of what they are getting. For a variety of reasons, that’s how many people begin their life of faith. Perhaps they were nudged or pressured by…

Love God and do as you please?

April 25, 2019

Love God and do as you please? What do you think of such a statement? Outrageous? The first time I heard those words the “scorekeeper” in me rose up to say “No, that is an insult to grace and the cross as well as an invitation to licentiousness! That can’t be right.” This of course,…

Does art really imitate life?

April 18, 2019

Does art really imitate life? In many ways it does. In fact, though we now may not focus so much on what we perceive our needs to be, (especially since finding them met in Christ), we need to remember that people who have yet to follow Christ have those same basic needs and we are not…

How can I make Easter better… for someone else?

April 11, 2019

How can I make Easter better . . .  for someone else? Let’s start by putting the proverbial “shoe on the other foot.” Pretend you are a guest. You were once. Remember the feel? Awwkwaard. It can be. It’s normal for people to feel a little nervous coming into unfamiliar turf and in the presence of perfect strangers. Well, it…

I’m trying to join a Peewee Baseball team.

April 4, 2019

I’m trying to join a Peewee Baseball team. I’m still not sure if they will count my age against me, but to my defense, my speed and skill level has pretty much degenerated to the level of an 8 year old. A slow 8 year old. Like I was in the day. So, you ask, why…

Is sin a private matter?

March 28, 2019

Is sin a private matter? I’m sure we’d all like it to be but unfortunately, that’s not the case.If King David were to know 3000 years later we’d be reading the record we have at our disposal from 2 Samuel 11 and 12, he might still wince at therecounting of his transgressions. You’d think with the news…

We have a constant tendency to stop remembering the cross…

March 21, 2019

We have a constant tendency to stop remembering the cross . . . . and to start depending on legalism and self-effort to make our way in life. It’s natural, not supernatural as in “God-inspired.” Just natural, reverting to the old pathways which lead us away from God’s transforming embrace instead of towards Him. The cross should…

I am “who” says I am?

March 14, 2019

I am who “who” says I am? Granted, we enthusiastically sing the lyrics “I am who You say I am,” but who is the “who” you really default to when you don’t act or feel like God’s child . . .  when the enemy and the power of sin and memories of past failures rail against your faith and your identity in Christ?…

When Jesus was saying “goodbye until I see you again…”

March 5, 2019

When Jesus was saying “goodbye until I see you again,” he gave some comforting and reassuring words which John recorded in his gospel at John 14:26. He said “But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.” Jesus…