Think about this question: How many times have I failed to keep a promise I have made? We are all human, and I’m sure that everyone has broken his or her word at least once. I have even broken many promises that I’ve made to myself. I bought a gym membership because I promised myself that I would go to the gym at least three times per week, but within three months I was having a good week if I even made it once. Sometimes a broken promise is out of our control. Parents often promise their kids that they
Lights. Music. A good speech. Announcements. Video. Say hi to a few people. A nap. Football. Is this what your Sundays look like? Are you a consumer Christian? What does the rest of your week look like? Alarm clock. Get the kids ready for school. Commute. Meetings. Procrastination. Productivity. Watch the clock. Commute. Homework. TV. Social media. Consumer Christians take their faith just like any other part of their life. What did you hear at church this weekend? Do you even remember? We can have a short-term memory when it comes to what we are consuming. Do you remember everything
Apple announced its latest devices yesterday along with new functionality for their products. The iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, Pay, and Watch are all that anyone wants to talk about right now, and I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t at least intrigued. My iPhone 5 is now a couple of generations old and no longer available to purchase, and I have been without a wrist watch since elementary school. On top of that, it would be great if I could just leave the wallet at home, right? In the past, I have looked forward to Apple announcements as
It has been a week since I sent in my final papers for my first masters class, and I am looking forward to my next class that starts in October. This might sound crazy, but I have really grown to enjoy school. Maybe it is a new level of maturity, but I think it has more to do with the format of this last class and my desire to really deepen my knowledge and grow in my faith. I am currently doing seminary studies through an extension site of Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (TEDS) at North Way Christian Community (NWCC), and I don’t think
I did the unthinkable over this past week. I left social media behind. I did not check or post anything to Facebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn, or any other social media site that draws people like rancid trash draws flies. It did not bother me one bit. I had was on vacation from work and I wanted to make the most of it, so I took a vacation from social media too. I even left my email behind other than finishing up a project for Sisters Place. Even without me sharing every part of my life online, the world did not
Be ready to walk on water. This thought has dominated my heart and mind over the past month. Between hearing people tell me those exact words to hearing the song Oceans over and over, I can’t escape it. I was even compared to Peter in one of those Facebook quizzes that some people spend way too much time on. With the persistence of these thoughts, I finally decided to read the story again with fresh eyes. This is what the Lord began to reveal to me.
I hear the same thing every year in the weeks leading up to Easter. “This is our Super Bowl.” Anyone who knows Jesus Christ understands the importance of this weekend, and anyone who works at a church should understand that this weekend is why we do what we do. The resurrection of Jesus Christ on Easter is the proclamation of victory over the powers of darkness and death. WE WIN! Last time I talked about the comparison of Easter to the Super Bowl, it was more about continuing strong after the weekend is over. I made the argument that Easter
As I was studying this week, I read a verse that stood out to me more than any other. It was as if God was speaking into the state of our world today, though it was written thousands of years ago. The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel that displays the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. 2 Corinthians 4:4 NIV We are in the midst of a spiritual war where Christ has already taken victory. The problem is that until the return
Discerning calling is probably one of the top desires for many christians. Ability does not necessitate calling. We are all talented in different ways and often times our gifts play a large part in the execution of our calling, but the calling that God places on our lives may not involve every skill that we possess. You might be a talented singer yet be called to be a doctor. Your calling may be to work with special needs children even though you have skills in computer programming. This idea is something I’ve been digging into lately in my own life.