Think About It Archive

Do “Spirit-controlled” Christians still sin?

February 28, 2019

Do “Spirit-controlled” Christians still sin? The short answer is yes, but not while they are “controlled” by the Holy Spirit. That’s precisely why the Apostle Paul prescribes in Ephesians 5:18 that we be “filled with the Spirit.” The verb tense Paul elects to use is that of a pursuit to be continuously filled, not simply a “one and done” filling. Now…

“And such were some of you.”

February 21, 2019

“And such were some of you,” the Apostle Paul goes on to say after listing a litany of sins that were present in his day and ours. Then he goes on to proclaim the good news “but you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.” (1 Cor.…

Jesus pulled no punches in his speeches to recruit disciples

February 14, 2019

Jesus pulled no punches in his speeches to recruit disciples. How are these for examples? To the man who said, “Lord, let me go first and bury my father,“ Jesus responded without a heaping dose of empathy saying, “Let the dead bury their own dead, but you go and proclaim the kingdom of God.” (Lk. 9:59-60) When another prospective disciple…

Jesus was called “A friend of sinners.” Am I?

February 7, 2019

Jesus was called “A friend of sinners.” Am I? For that matter, are you? Just look at the words of Jesus in Matthew 11:18-19 that say “For John (the Baptist) came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, “He has a demon.” The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, “Here is a glutton and…

Does the motivation behind your efforts to please God insult the cross?

January 31, 2019

Does the motivation  behind your efforts to please God insult the cross? The writer of Hebrews in Chapter 10 has much to say to us. There are some beautiful and convincing truths here that we would do well to read and  remember as we consider our relationship with God. I think there are some parallels we can…

Are you ever suffering alone?

January 24, 2019

Are you ever suffering alone? You may think, how can I survive my suffering? Certainly survival is a goal for all of us because to some degree at some unwelcome time we will suffer again. You may be suffering now. As Pastor D.A. Carson points out, “All you have to do is live long enough and you’ll suffer.”  Have…

What is God like?

January 17, 2019

What is God like? To answer this question, we must first say that God is not like anyone or anything. Some theologians have described our God as “other.” That’s true, but a rather broad description, isn’t it? A.W. Tozer, one of the great spiritual minds of the 20th century, wrote this: “What comes to mind when we think about God…

How welcome is change in your life?

January 11, 2019

How welcome is change in your life? Are you thinking “sometimes” like I do? Great! I’m glad to be in company with you. For a lot of us, our first thoughts and concern in evaluating change is how it will affect “ME.” Will it facilitate my plans and paths or will this change hinder me? That’s a pretty natural response, and it’s…

“Cat got your tongue?”

January 3, 2019

“Cat got your tongue?” Looking for the origins of idioms can be an interesting diversion. This one likely came from the practice the English Navy made of using a “cat-o-nine-tails” whip to punish certain offenders. It is said (and I believe it) that the pain was so severe the person being whipped was speechless trying to recover from…

Have you noticed this?

December 20, 2018

Have you noticed this? The Christian life/experience is very much one of waiting. This seems to be a bitter pill for a lot of us North Americans who are used to instant gratification, or at the very least, life according to Amazon fulfillment. For many of us, the “now” life has been permanently ingrained in us and we may…

Let’s be real about this…

December 13, 2018

Let’s be real about this. Even for people of “faith,” it’s not always effortless to have “faith” or “believe” in something, is it? For most of us there is an effort that requires choosing to believe, to trust, to have faith. Would that this gift be a more automatic response in the matters that truly count! But a virgin giving birth? Today it’s not as much…

Where are the marks on the wall of your life?

November 21, 2018

Where are the marks on the wall of your life? Maybe you’ve done this for your kids or your Mom did it for you while you were young. There was some specially designed wall in your home with some pencil marks on it where, as you grew from year to year, she marked where your head had reached.…