The Presidential debate–folks tend to get all fired up. How do you feel about the people who support the candidate you don’t?
- Idiots! Can’t think for themselves
- They are just misinformed
- They could be right
- Live and let live
Matthew 5:44 (NIV)
Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.
Those on the other side of your political divide are not enemies and persecutors. They are created by God and bear his image. God loves them so much that he sent his Son to die for them.
So disagree nicely. And pray.
Black men shot by police officers and police officers killed by angry men. Gang hits and innocent bystanders. IEDs and drone attacks. Weapons of mass destruction and natural disasters.
Gentle believer passing into God’s arms or evil tyrant condemned to hell.
God knows, and God grieves.
Matthew 10:29 (NLT)
What is the price of two sparrows–one copper coin? But not a single sparrow can fall to the ground without your Father knowing it.
Oh Lord, I am so slow to take the Sabbath rest you command and so quick to take vacation from ministry you call me to do. Forgive me.
Teach me to use my time wisely, obediently.
I’m already missing its light.
Did you take the summer off from worship and ministry? Church is a darker place without your light.
Matthew 5:15-16 (TLB)
Don’t hide your light! Let it shine for all; let your good deeds glow for all to see, so that they will praise your heavenly Father.
God uses us to build his Church.
Too often, I hear someone say, “What can I possibly do to help? I don’t have anything to offer.”
1 Thessalonians 5:14-15 (MSG)
Gently encourage the stragglers, and reach out for the exhausted, pulling them to their feet. Be patient with each person, attentive to individual needs. And be careful that when you get on each other’s nerves you don’t snap at each other. Look for the best in each other, and always do your best to bring it out.
I’m betting that there’s something on that list you can do.
When did you last say, “Let’s do lunch?”
- Making time for my besties
- To eat and do business at the same time
- As a way out–“Let’s do lunch sometime” (not now, maybe never)
Church . . . more than fun with friends, more than a business venture, more than an excuse.
You don’t “do church.” You are the Church.
Romans 12:5 (NIV)
In Christ we, though many, form one body,
and each member belongs to all the others.
As promised, the lessons from this year’s study on the book of Acts will be rolled out in daily snippets on my Facebook page–here‘s the first one. If you’d rather read the whole thing in one sitting, it is also posted here on this website.
I tend to take credit for the things I do well and blame God for my weaknesses (he could have tweaked my DNA in the better direction, right?).
Romans 12:3 (NIV)
Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought.
Thinking too highly of myself? Honestly, Lord, yes.