Think About It Archive

Those Crazy, Crazy Jesus Followers

March 14, 2017

Was it different for the “upstart” Christians in the book of Acts than for us today, or are there some striking similarities? There really is a lot to admire when looking at their example in creating a world-wide faith movement. Most were unsophisticated, regular folks, just like you and me. They were teachers, businesswomen, farmers,…

You are engaged in a tug-of-war!

March 12, 2017

Do you feel it? We can liken the tension we have between our sinful nature (flesh) and the Spirit to a “tug-of-war”. The Message has an interesting way of translating the impact the gospel is intended to have on our sanctification, the process of our being transformed to more and more resemble Jesus in character…

Is it possible to really see God?

February 24, 2017

Is it possible to really see God? No, if you want to stay alive. And yes, if you look where he chooses to reveal himself. Confused? Ever since Moses (Exodus 33) and possibly before, people have wanted to “see” God. Granted it may be more out of curiosity than devotion. Heck, who wouldn’t want to…

What “anchors” you to God?

February 17, 2017

What “anchors” you to God? Maybe you’ve never thought about God in this way, considering his many attributes and the qualities of his character. But there is something in all of us in our valuing of God or our relationship with him that hopefully draws us back to him when we experience disappointment with him…

Hate hate?

February 8, 2017

Hate hate? It seems like this over articulated word has mushroomed into an over exercised emotion that is sweeping the country (if not the world) by storm. Perhaps it’s a natural transition to go from saying I “hate” the Patriots, my teacher, broccoli, Axe body spray (human Febreeze), ironing, politics, infomercials, racists (not racism), dentists,…

When did my “black and white” turn gray?

January 31, 2017

It may be different for you, but when I was younger, brasher, more self-confident (and possibly more full of myself), at first glance the issues of life were clearer. Young adults just like young children seem eager to appear they “have it together.” James’ admonition “let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak…

All to Jesus, I surrender, I surrender all?

January 26, 2017

Really? Many of us have sung this familiar hymn. Who wouldn’t at least move their lips in congregational singing? We are called to be servants of God, and passionate ones at that. But who among us in all honestly would stand up to say to God “Whatever, whenever, wherever, no reservations, no holding back?” I…

Sometimes we may want to know God’s will

January 18, 2017

It may be worth knowing if: 1. The cost isn’t too high 2. It won’t contradict my personal desires 3. Following it doesn’t appear so difficult that I might fail in my pursuit. 4. The pathway seems clear to my understanding 5. The results are around the corner. But . . . having confidence in…

Sin is an uncomfortable word

January 11, 2017

Sin is an uncomfortable word. So uncomfortable it has practically been abandoned from both conversation and lexicon by the “non-religious” and only spoken in whispers by people of faith. Try using the word in mixed company with one eye on people’s eyebrows and Adams apples. We know we aren’t perfect, but most folks certainly would…

Rabbit’s Foot Jesus?

January 5, 2017

A common tendency for Christian believers is to slack off in their pursuit of God and the practice of prayer when all things appear to be in order and on “cruise control.” We get the sense that we are handling things ok, neglecting the truth that God sustains us even when we may treat Him…

Maybe all dogs go to heaven, but all people don’t.

December 15, 2016

Maybe all dogs go to heaven, but all people don’t. So, are you good enough to get to heaven? Over 3/4 of Americans believe in heaven and over 3/4 of this 3/4 believe they‘ll make the cut. How about you? Intelligent, accomplished, nice people from all over the world are banking their eternities on the…

Make Christmas Great Again… Skip Church

December 7, 2016

These billboards will soon be towering over highways all across America. Do you become angry over signs like these? I admit I used to. “It is important for people to know religion has nothing to do with being a good person, and that being open and honest about what you believe – and don’t believe…