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
One word that is associated very much with Christmas is "give." It's all over the place. We give gifts to one another. We give time towards hanging out with family. God gives Jesus to us for the salvation of our sins. It's all indicative of sacrifice, showing giving up something for the better of someone… Continue reading What Christmastime Has Taught Me About Love and Marriage
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.
I watched the first 40 minutes or so of the GOP debate last night and wasn't surprised by anything. By the time you get to the fifth of these things, there's not much new to be had. But as I pondered the debate this morning, I was struck by the fact that I wasn't surprised.… Continue reading The World Is Crying Out for Authenticity. Let’s Give It to Them.
Yes, I admit that title is a bit click-baity, but let me explain. Back when I was in high school, we talked in youth group about priorities. What did we value in life more than anything else? What did we spend most of our time on? I remember one time we did this exercise where… Continue reading God Isn’t the No. 1 Priority for Christians. Priority Is the Wrong Word.
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
I need to get my fiancée to write a blog. Hers would be a million times better than mine. I was talking to her last night and she was sharing something she had read in a devotional book of hers. It was revolving around the idea that God is our strength and our peace, based… Continue reading True Peace and Strength in a World with Little of Either
Note: This is the finale of a series on the idea of not giving up in different scenarios. Previous posts include entries on work, relationships and depression & anxiety. I've been on the brink of quitting following Christ several times. The majority of those times have been the result of realizing how terrible I am at being obedient.… Continue reading Don’t Give Up: Following Jesus Is Worth Every Single Second of Despair