You Don’t Drift

November 18, 2017 Leave a comment

your way to a good vacation.

Or a good career.

Or a good marriage.

Or a relationship with Jesus.

It has to be intentional.

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I Don’t Like That

November 17, 2017 Leave a comment

You probably told your parents that.

Your kids probably told you that. Or they will.

There will be a hundred ways they do this.

We tell them what we want. They tell us they don’t like it.

We do the same thing with God.

And. He. Doesn’t. Care. If. We. Like. It.

He just provides the way to overcome it.

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That’s Just The Way I Am

November 16, 2017 Leave a comment

This is one of the most popular excuses for all sorts of behavior.

Anger

Worry

Pretty serious sin

After all, it’s just how God made me.

Well, ok, but we need to realize we’re pretty flawed, tainted by the sin of our original forefather and mother.

And it’s no excuse.

He gives us an out.

He gives us His Son.

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Systems and Skeletons

November 15, 2017 Leave a comment

Systems are beautiful. God created incredible systems to govern our world and universe.

He gave us a beautiful system within which to operate Israel’s faith. People, of course, screwed it up, but it is beautiful nonetheless.

As beautiful as it is is, though, it is only a skeleton. A skeleton upon which to hang the flesh of our faith.

Jesus

The Word made flesh.

Create all the systems you want in order to operate your faith. Just make sure they have the flesh of Jesus attached.

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The Most Important Thing

November 14, 2017 Leave a comment

thing you have to do today is to hear from God.

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I Find My Thrill

November 13, 2017 2 comments

Fats Domino died a couple of weeks ago. He sang that he found his thrill on Blueberry Hill.

That’s where I find my thrill, figuratively, of course.

I find my thrill too much in this or that or wherever or whatever.

I ought to find it on another hill.  One where the old rugged cross stood.

All other thrills should be measured by that one.

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Treat or Retreat

November 12, 2017 Leave a comment

I heard a preacher say that he spends his Sunday afternoons reading a book by John Owens.

The reason is that on Sunday afternoons he can pause to rest from the world and just delve into what Owens says about God.

It made me wonder about our Sundays.

I don’t want to be legalistic, but do we TREAT it like any other day, trying to catch up on what we haven’t done through the week.

Or do we RETREAT from the normalcy of our lives and just take a break?

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