Why I No Longer Read the Bible

25 04 2016

imagesWhat follows are many excuses as to why some believers and non-Christians have either stopped or rarely read the Bible. I hope that you do not find yourself in any of these categories.

 

  • It is no longer relevant for our culture today.
  • The Bible is simply a history book.
  • The Law no longer applies to our personal lives.
  • It is old-fashioned and politically incorrect.
  • The Bible is basically homophobic and sexually outdated.
  • It’s just a book written by men.
  • There are many truths to be considered in man’s evolvement and not just the Bible.
  • I have been enlightened through my university studies, my peers, my political party and my openness to other sources.
  • The Bible is full of violence from an angry God.images-3
  • I was convicted by what I read and felt guilt.
  • It’s 2016: feelings, thoughts, truth and life has changed significantly.

Perhaps you have heard others and could add to this list. I pray that none of these are excuses for you to avoid God’s word. Consider this verse from The Book:

 For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges [exposes] the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. (Hebrews 4:12)





Tenacity, One of my Favorite Words

18 04 2016

imagesHolding fast, persistence or holding firmly defines the word tenacity. It’s a good word when used in combination with faith, believing and a reluctance to let go of a promise. It’s a negative word when connected to anger, selfishness or an aversion to backing off. How tenacious are you and how do you use your tenacity? My wife has often told me that I am one of the most tenacious persons she knows. I admit, I am tenacious, she’s right and I receive those words as a compliment.images-3

Oswald Chambers once wrote, “Tenacity is more than endurance, it is endurance combined with the absolute certainty that what we are looking for is going to transpire.” Is going to transpire, I like that. What are you looking for? How steadfast are you? Have you resolved to not let go, to persist and hold fast? Do you have “absolute certainty” in the matter? If you do, then be tenacious and hold on, out wait the evil one, be patient and trust that God is working, shifting and moving circumstances in light of your faith. Put tenacity to work in a positive way and do not allow anyone to sway you from personal endurance and fortitude.





A Father, Two Children Fishing and Fear

11 04 2016

images-3My son and I were on a fishing outing, enjoying the day of catching trout and cooperative warm spring weather. That is, all except for, one disturbing situation close by us. That situation was a dad with two small (elementary age) children, a boy and a girl. It was just great that he was taking his youngsters fishing and we applaud him for that. But that was the only positive thing we can say about him. What we continually observed was disheartening and troubling and we can only imagine that those two small children would rather not have been by the stream at all. It was painful to watch and difficult to not comment. Never once did those kids laugh or excitedly yell, “I got one,” even though they did catch fish. Here’s why.images-2

They were afraid. They lived in fear. They did not smile and neither did they show any emotion. They were never told, “Good job; way to go, or you’re doing great.” What they were told was what they were doing wrong with abrasive expressions like, “What’s the matter with you?” “Sit down and shut-up; I told you not to move.” “How can you possibly get your line caught so often?” On and on it went, relentlessly.   Fear was how he disciplined and fear was how he maintained control. Fear in the hearts of his children kept them from closeness, from loving touch and from healthy interaction. Fear immobilized them because they didn’t want to disappoint him or anger him any further.images

Fear is a great motivator, but fear without relationship and fear without love will eventually cause rebellion. When fear fills the relationship, love will be absent. And when we instill fear to maintain control, we will eventually suffer the possible loss of that relationship. Truly, the saddest part of it all? How will they know or understand, “God is love?” And how will they ever comprehend, “Perfect love drives out fear?” (I John 4:16, 18)





How to Live Large, Because the World Owes It to You

4 04 2016

I have written eleven clear principles that will keep you in debt and closely involve you with a spirit of poverty. This being satirical, I am hoping you are not following any of these principles!

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  1. Always spend more than you take in monthly. Keep it up so that for the year you have spent more than you have made.
  2. Do not tithe and refrain from giving to those in need.
  3. Go hard and go often for more and more things to possess. Fill your garage, your basement and your shed.
  4. Never operate with a budget so you will never have to keep track of expenses.
  5. Keep a large credit card balance and when the monthly bill comes pay only the minimum.
  6. Do not start or maintain a savings account.images-7
  7. Purchase your furniture, your TV’s, your cars, your boat and your family vacations with the help of a personal, high interest bank loan.
  8. Watch what your neighbors purchase and do your best to stay one-step ahead of them. If they buy a Toyota car, go for a Lexus or a Mercedes.
  9. Never keep track of your insignificant purchases. Tell yourself that this is just miscellaneous spending that simply doesn’t amount to much.
  10. Make regular use of, “Loans to Payday” or “Title Loan” offers and have a contest to see who can pay the highest amount of interest.
  11. Never be accountable with your money, it’s yours.images-6

Solomon, wisely wrote: Choose my instruction instead of silver, knowledge rather than choice gold, wisdom is more precious than rubies…With me are riches and honor, enduring wealth and prosperity. My fruit is better than fine gold; what I yield surpasses choice silver. (Proverbs 8) One man gives freely, yet gains even more…a generous man will prosper…whoever trusts in his riches will fall… (Proverbs 11) The borrower is servant to the lender… (Proverbs 22)








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