value others

Value Others Above Yourselves

Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from His love, if any common sharing in The Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others. Philippians 2:1-4 (NIV) Three hurricanes, an earthquake, and a mass shooting have left a wake of destruction over the

What is truth?

What Is Truth (Finally Following Up)

I said that I would write a follow-up about The Shack after reading the book for myself. Fiction has not been on my reading list for quite some time, and it was not the easiest read for me. I found myself pressing through to read it because I said I would. I took notes to reference back to when writing this post. It did not take me long to read through the book, but after nearly two months it seems as though I have misplaced all of those notes. That’s no big deal though because they largely supported what I wrote in The

Dangerous Lies - The Shack

The Most Dangerous Lies

Sometimes it is easy to tell the difference between the truth and dangerous lies. Other times, it takes practiced discernment to see the difference. I do not claim to have a highly tuned gift of discernment, but with the help of Scripture and others who have gone before me, I can recognized when truth has been tainted with lies. The most dangerous lies are the ones that we cannot tell where the truth ends and the lie begins. There are elements of truth that draw us in, often followed by distorted truth that still sounds good. The problem is that distorted

image of GOD - church

The Image of GOD

The following is an excerpt from the first chapter of a book that I am currently working on… I think a majority of people have a tendency to see GOD in one of three ways that do not reflect a true image of who He really is. It’s as though we see HIM through the reflections of the curved mirrors in a funhouse. There is some truth in what we see, but it is distorted and we believe the distorted view instead of what is true. We might see GOD as a power-hungry tyrant that causes pain in our lives

cost of convenience

The Cost of Convenience

The cost of convenience is something that I would bet some companies spent a lot of time and effort trying to formulate. I went to the grocery store early in the morning the other day because we were out of both milk and eggs, and we didn’t have enough pancake mix either. When I got to the register to check out, there were two employees there discussing the cost of the 20 oz. bottles of Pepsi in the display cooler. Apparently they didn’t like the idea of paying $1.79 for a bottle of pop, and even complained about it being too expensive

Out of the Boat

Out of the Boat

January 31 marked the final day of a fourteen year season of my life and a twenty-six year era. I have been a part of North Way Christian Community for over eighty percent of my life. I made lasting friendships, grew strong roots of faith, developed character in leadership, and started my family there. North Way was the first place I ever had a paying job, and a majority of my jobs since that point have been there. It was on a retreat with the student ministry that I felt a call into ministry. I went on four mission trips

trust

Trust and Forgiveness

Have you ever had a problem with trusting someone? Whether they did something to break your trust, or never had it in the first place, it can be difficult to establish or reestablish a healthy level of trust. The more intimate your relationship is, the harder it is to rebuild broken trust. When a lack of trust is not addressed, it can quickly lead to other stresses and might ultimately lead to a completely broken relationship. A marriage could end, an employee might resign, or a child might rebel or even run away from home. As a man, I naturally want

Please Wait

It is Not Easy to Wait

No matter how patient you are, an extended wait time is not easy to endure. More and more often, we want things to happen sooner and more quickly. We pay more for faster internet speeds, buy the latest technology that is ten times faster than the model from five years ago, and we microwave our daily intake of leftovers and highly processed foods. The more accustomed to quick and/or instant gratification we get, the harder it gets to wait for anything. Even twenty miles per hour over the speed limit on the highway makes you one of the slowest people

Housekeeping

It has been over five years since I started blogging and both the design of my blog and my writing consistency have gone through many changing seasons during that time. I’ve started to think through all of my posts from the past five years and I began to realize that it may be time to do some housekeeping. I’d like to think that I have become more focused in my writing, even if more time passes between them. I’ve written some posts that have triggered much discussion and/or debate, and many others that have barely been read. Sometimes a hot topic was used

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