When Daddy Comin?

For the past two weeks, I have been home with my family celebrating our new arrival! Since there is only so much I can do for our new baby, most of my time was spent playing with and taking Read more

Angel Tree

When I was a child, my family fully embraced the traditions of Christmas. We decorated our home with the most cherished ornaments, lights, and bows. We handmade or purchased gifts with much thought about the receiver. We made plans Read more

Begin with Jesus

The autobiography of G. Stanley Jones is titled A Song of Ascent, and it’s considered to be a spiritual classic. Jones was a great man: a missionary to India, a friend to Gandhi, a tireless world traveler, and a Read more

Weeds

Have you ever been responsible for a task you didn’t particularly enjoy? Perhaps you can relate to one homemaker who developed a unique perspective on some of her less enjoyable household duties. She said: I don't do windows because I Read more

New Each Day

Patrick Henry, whose primary contribution to the history books is the phrase "Give me liberty or give me death," made another memorable statement. He said, "I know of no way of judging the future but by the past." Repeat this before Read more

Afraid of the Question?

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Luke 2:46 (The Message)

 

The next day they found him in the Temple seated among the teachers, listening to them and asking questions. The teachers were all quite taken with him, impressed with the sharpness of his answers.”

This is what’s cool about this scene.  The teachers are not afraid to engage in questions with this kid.  It’s obvious from the statement that not only is Jesus asking questions, but that He is also providing some answers.  At some point in your life you will find yourself afraid of a question, but the reality is there is nothing to fear with the question but with the answer.  We don’t fear the question, we fear the answer.  This is the reason we are afraid of people questioning God, or the bible for that matter.  Let’s be honest here, none of us understands God.  I don’t know why He does certain things or chooses to reveal himself in a way that, honestly, confuses me sometimes.  That however, should not keep me from the search.

Do we avoid the questions then?  Well, no, you encourage questions.  You  challenge people to question your God and to question your believes.  Anyone afraid of that is only afraid of the answers they’ll find.

Clarity

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1 How long, O Lord? Will you forget me forever? How long will you hide your face from me? 2 How long must I take counsel in my soul and have sorrow in my heart all the day? How long shall my enemy be exalted over me? 3Consider and answer me, O Lord my God; light up my eyes, lest I sleep the sleep of death,4 lest my enemy say, I have prevailed over him, lest my foes rejoice because I am shaken. 5 But I have trusted in your steadfast love; my heart shall rejoice in your salvation.6 I will sing to the Lord, because he has dealt bountifully with me.”

Mother Teresa was visited by a gentleman at the “House of the Dying” in Calcutta.  This man, who wanted to find a clear vision for the rest of his life, asked Mother Teresa to pray that he would “get clarity for the future.”  Mother Teresa said, “I will not do that… Clarity is the last thing you are clinging to and must let go.  I have never had clarity; what I have always had is trust.  So I will pray you trust God.”  Here’s what’s cool about passionately pursuing God… You never know what’s in store for you.  Better yet, you’re comfortable with the fact you don’t know what the future holds and you don’t care because you TRUST God.

In Context

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I am fascinated by headlines.  I’m fascinated by them because they do a very specific job, that is, to sell a story.  What headlines are we putting out there as individuals and as a church?  Too many times our headlines and our stories do not match making people cringe.  When a headline is out of context with the story people get confused and eventually stop tuning in to your story.  This basically means we need to be real, transparent, and authentic in all we do and all we say.  The Bible was intended to be this way.  But the reality is that, perhaps more than any other book, the Bible has been taken out of context so much, that people have stopped tuning in.  What happened to real, transparent, authentic?

One of my favorite misquoted texts is “God will not give me more than I can handle…”  It’s used all the time by people who are going through very difficult trials in life.  ”I lost my house, my wife, my kids, my dogs… but, God will not give me more…”  Really?  Although a comforting thought, it’s not what the Bible says.  It has nothing to do with trials and challenges in your life.  The Context is temptation, not trials.

So, make sure that your life and your quotes are in Context.  It makes for a much better story.