After 14 years I can honestly say that one of my greatest friends is my wife. … Yep, “one of…” She’s very happy to be “one of” my greatest friends because she knows there’s just one friend ahead of her. My greatest friend is Jesus. Choosing Jesus before I choose her protects our marriage, our finances, our children, and protects her from whatever I might become without God’s leadership. Befriending Jesus was the best thing I’ve ever done. Friendship with God is attainable, and I want to give you an idea of how it’s achieved.
I’m taking a break from our Romans studies for the week, and wanted to wish you a very Merry Christmas by sharing with you one of my favourite Christmas verses, Luke 2:8.
Here’s the bad news: We’ve done wrong, we’re accountable, and we’re going to face a Judge who sees everything we’ve ever done and everything we’ve ever thought. Here’s the good news: Our judge has paid the penalty for the wrong we’ve done so if we plead for mercy we’ll receive it. So, how do we plead for mercy?
Politics and fear of the unknown aside, I’m so very thankful that Canada has chosen to help Syrian refugees. As a Canadian, very aware that I live in one of the most beautiful and well resourced countries in the world, I can’t find adequate words to describe my reaction to the conditions people have found themselves in. More specifically, I am deeply troubled by the intense persecution Christians. We are seeing a new level of suffering on a scale I don’t think we’ve seen before (at least, not in my lifetime). How are Christians enduring such suffering and even facing martyrdom without wavering in their faith?
Have you found the same push-back that I have when using the word, “sin?” People seem to generally believe in the concept of sin (I mean, Other People do bad things which could be considered sin… like murder, or terrorism), but I haven’t met many people outside of Christianity that believe they are sinners. People, generally, acknowledge that they do bad things (from time to time), but they believe they are generally good. Maybe we should stop using the word “sin” and “good” and start using the compound word, “missed-the-bullseye-while-using-a-bow-and-arrow” to add some clarity. I’ll help you understand that new compound word, and much more, in today’s Video/Audio.
I believe that we are born tenacious, with the drive to go forward at blinding speeds to become anything we want to be, and brave any adventure we can find. But then our tenacity fizzles, lessons, dulls, and almost all but winks out. Blame it on what you think sounds best: seasonal blues, lack of energy, low income, too many disappointments, being a realist, sleeplessness, work, kids… blame it on what you think sounds best, but then let me help you find it again.
When you use the phrase “I’m not as bad as [name]” it’s quite possible that you may be worse. Rationalizing doesn’t make you more immoral than anyone else, but rationalizing blinds you to your own potential, causes you to miss opportunities for personal growth, and absolutely ambushes your own efforts to connect yourself with Jesus. Don’t worry, today’s post reveals how you can stop limiting yourself and start actually connecting with Jesus.