"Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts betroubled, neither let them be afraid." — Jesus, in John 14:27 I think we've mistaken what peace really is. We read verses like the one above, which is awesome, and we interpret it as, "OK, having peace means I won't feel worried and I won't have fear. So if I feel worry and fear, I'm not at peace." That's … Continue reading Redefining Peace: True Peace Isn’t a Feeling
One of the more graphic proverbs in the Bible is found in Proverbs 22:6. It reads: "Like a dog that returns to his vomit is a fool who repeats his folly." The image is, well, kinda gross. Nobody really enjoys looking at vomit. I thought about putting a picture of vomit at the top of this post, but … Continue reading Returning to Vomit: We Like to Go Back to That Which is Gross
I haven't written in a while, at least on this blog, and I'd like to get back into it. To be honest with you, ideas have been a little dry. I haven't really had much to write about lately, at least spiritual things. I've been writing about local elections in Sanford — which is plenty … Continue reading What Role Does God’s Word Play in Our Lives?
Perhaps the most fascinating thing to me about addictions is that what people who are addicted search for is called a "fix." Seeing as how the word "fix" usually means a solution to a problem that should, in the long run, require no further serious fixing, you'd think a "fix" for an addiction should satisfy … Continue reading If We’re Honest, Sinful Solutions Are Still Solutions. They Just Don’t Really Solve Anything.
How many times in movies or TV have you seen a guy polish off a beer or drain a shot glass before approaching a girl? I can't count the times, but it's been a lot. Perhaps the funniest example (except for the drunkenness) is from The Big Bang Theory. There's a character named Raj who can only … Continue reading Liquid Courage: Finding Confidence in the Right Kind of Drinking
To be honest with you, prayer is something I often gloss over, something I rush through. I don't know when it really started, but I think it comes from feeling like I have better things to do sometimes. I've got to go to sleep, I've got to eat, I've got to do this, that, so … Continue reading Three Reasons a King Prayed to God
Over two years ago, I wrote a blog post called "Life Is Best Lived Non-Natural." I concluded the post like this: Seek to live life non-naturally. Live it for the truths in the Word of God and for His glory. If you’re a believer, you’ve been changed by the gospel to live differently. Kill those … Continue reading Life Is Best Lived Non-Natural, Part II
I was listening to the Bad Christian Podcast yesterday on my drive back from my fiancée's work Christmas party. The guest was Dave Bazan, formerly of Pedro the Lion. Bazan was formerly a Christian but left the faith several years ago. He was talking about the Bible and how Christians view it and said something … Continue reading The Bible Is Infallible. How We Understand It Is an Entirely Different Story.
Wisdom is something most Christians find to be praiseworthy among men, and the Bible supports that. We look at a man and say, "He is so wise, I'd learn from him all day." I look at my fiancée and say, "Oh man, she's so wise, I'd listen to her all day." We desire more and … Continue reading The Gospel Flips Worldly Wisdom On Its Head. And The Result Is Amazing.
There are lots of wars going on right now. I made a mention of it in my post yesterday that there are over 50 armed conflicts ongoing right now in the world. Add that to any kind of "culture war" or athletic rivalry that some call "wars," and the terminology of war is all around … Continue reading The Most Important War We Fight Is Not of This World