Challenging believers in Jesus to think and act based on Bible truth.

Tuesday Rambling 2.28.17 – I Wonder…

Another Tuesday means more rambling:

I wonder…

  • …what would happen if believers honestly and openly shared their struggles in healthy ways.
  • …why God created spiders and snakes at all.
  • …what eternity with Jesus will really be like.
  • …what would happen if no one gossiped anymore.
  • …what things I really worship instead of just enjoying them.
  • …why Thin Mints are so good.
  • …how much stronger churches would be if all believers really took sin seriously.
  • …if the Indians can take the final step this year and end baseball title suffering in Northeast Ohio.
  • …how God will shape me and use me in the next five years.
  • …what opportunities God might give me today to serve Him or share my faith.
  • …what would happen if we ever stopped wondering.

 

Monday Challenge 2.27.17 – Digital Detox, Teens and Love, Election Stress

Good Monday morning!

No? Good Monday challenge. For sure. Enjoy!

Digital Detox

Check out this jam packed article – lots of resources regarding digital detox. Don’t know what that means? Find out and evaluate the issue as it relates to you!

Question: When and why should you take a break from digital stuff?

Teens and Love

How do teens learn about love? Great question. This article will make you think.

Question: How can you challenge younger people in your life to think about love?

Courage

What a great challenge to us to seek courage in finding Jesus. Fear = not an option!

Question: What fears bog you down? Why do you think that is?

Election Stress

David Murray with a second article this week. I know, a little biased, but such good stuff. Check out this one one stresses from economics to the election.

Question: What stresses you the most? Which of the verses in this article speaks most to your stress?

Tuesday Rambling 2.21.17 – One Way to Heaven

Good morning all! Rambling today about a relationship with God:

  • At our church Sunday, we studied Acts 4:11-12, which say this:
  • “This Jesus is the stone that was rejected by you, the builders, which has become the cornerstone.And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.”
  • I entitled my sermon: “No Other Way”.
  • If you don’t know much about the Bible, Jesus’ claim is exclusive: He is the only way to heaven.
  • Hear John 14:6: “Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.'”
  • Think back to the beginning of the Ten Commandments, given soon after God’s mighty work of parting the Red Sea.
  • Exodus 20:3 says this: “You shall have no other gods before me.”
  • God’s desire is unopposed worship; He calls men and women to worship no other.
  • So the question: why is Jesus the only way to heaven?
  • Some objections: God is selfish, arrogant – why can’t those of other faiths or other belief systems go to heaven?
  • Think: how does God show His work to humans?
  • God’s mightiest works require power humans could never explain nor mimic. He parted the Red Sea. He created the cosmos. He controlled the solar system at Jesus’ birth. He controlled the sun in the book of Joshua. Jesus performed work after work, healing and even raising people from the dead.
  • Think Jesus himself: killed, yet risen to life, spending six weeks on the earth as a resurrected human, then ascending to heaven.
  • I desire no god who fits within human explanations. I am willing to worship God who has displayed His power and might and who thus demands my complete and exclusive allegiance.
  • Some questions: What if it’s true? What if God really does things this way? What if He is the only way? What if He communicates His love through Jesus Christ His Son and you really can find forgiveness and the hope of heaven through Him. But only through Him?
  • Before believing something else, I’d check these claims out first. Turns out, they hold up very well under examination.
  • Don’t delay: put your faith in Jesus Christ today. Turn away from your sin. Trust that Jesus’ death is the only thing that will pay the debt you owe to God for your sun. Believe in Him and gain eternal life.
  • Don’t reject Him. Those who reject Jesus will suffer in the absence of God forever.
  • There is only one name. The name of Jesus Christ. Turn to Him!

Monday Challenge 2.20.17 – Wedding Vows, Porn Addicted Boys, Boring Church

Again. Like a recurring nightmare. Monday.

At least use this day for a good challenge. The following articles made me think. Perhaps they will do the same for you as well.

Wedding Vows

What does “till death do us part” mean to you? Good thoughts here.

Question: How does this challenge your view of love?

Porn Addicted Boys

Hard to follow an article about marriage with something like this, but the facts here bring to light realities affecting Australia and much of the world. “Sex Before Kissing” is a title that should grab our attention and force us to read about things which bring discomfort.

Question: How does this article open your eyes to difficult realities facing adolescents?

Stop Saying “God Told Me”

Saying this undermines a very important doctrine. Read to find out.

Question: How does “God told me” square with our understanding of Scripture?

Boring Church

The effects of boring church. This might surprise you.

Question: What value does routine hold?

Rio Olympic Venues

Already in disrepair…

Question: Surprised?

Tuesday Rambling 2.14.17 – What Human Love Won’t Do

Valentine’s Day rambling:

  • Human love won’t satisfy.
  • Human love won’t last.
  • I’m not trying to douse a day of romance, but let’s be realistic.
  • Boyfriends, girlfriends, even spouses across the land today will express disappointment with someone for failing to “do well enough” on Valentine’s Day.
  • The root of that lies in relying on humans for fulfillment.
  • Does the right gift need to be bought or received for love to be expressed or for romance to be kindled?
  • If it does, what does that say?
  • Human love won’t provide consistency. Sex is an extreme physical expression of love, but certainly doesn’t last. Friendship can prove fickle, likes and interests and mood coming and going.
  • Better for us to check our level of commitment, our decision to love no matter what.
  • The Greek word for that type of love is agape.
  • After all, the New Testament uses that word more than any other to describe the love God has for us and the love He calls us to display.
  • God perfectly loves human beings who trust Him, not relying on their performance to prop up His love.
  • Even if humans practice this well, forgiveness will still happen from time to time.
  • Human love can never do what God’s love does for us. Don’t make the mistake of expecting it to do just that.