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

Tuesday Rambling 4.11.17 – 10 Ramblings About The Cross

Rambling about the cross during Holy Week:

  • Yes, the cross portrays brutality. Hard to get around that. So why would God do that?
  • The brutality of the cross speaks to the weight and seriousness of human sin.
  • If it took the cross to make atonement with God for the sin of mankind, that should tell us about the terror and dread of our sin.
  • In the midst of such dread, the cross tells us a story of hope.
  • The cross says God cares about humans, even those who have offended him by their sin.
  • The cross shows the love of God, his love for us which allowed His Son (HIS SON!) to suffer in our place.
  • Further, God allowed Jesus to suffer knowing some would reject the offer.
  • Jesus’ opposition thought the cross won their victory.
  • Instead, the cross won the victory for all who believe: victory over sin, then eventually leading to the resurrection which brings victory over death!
  • Romans 5:8: but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”

Tuesday Rambling 4.3.17 – Is It Possible For Me To Love You?

April won’t prevent a little rambling.

Is it possible for me to love you if…

  • you voted for Trump and I didn’t?
  • you voted for Hillary and I didn’t?
  • you disagree with me theologically?
  • you don’t believe what I believe?
  • you live a lifestyle I totally disagree with?
  • you have fallen away from your faith?
  • you no longer attend our church?
  • you have a different background than I do?
  • you struggle or have committed a sin I haven’t?
  • Our culture might say these situations prevent me from loving you.
  • But who has obligated me to erect walls of hate?
  • The love of Jesus possesses a consistent, patient nature.
  • I’m always hopeful that love will win in any relationship, strained or not.
  • Yes, in any of the situations above I could eat a meal with you and listen to your interests and find out how I can pray for your concerns. Would you do the same for me?
  • Don’t believe the lie that you must hate or shout at anyone “on the other side”.
  • All that does is generate ratings and social media traffic.
  • Instead, how about we live like this:
  • Romans 12:18:  If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all.

 

Tuesday Rambling 3.28.17 – Walking By Faith

Rambling about faith on this fine Tuesday morning:

  • “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” – Hebrews 11:1
  • Any relationship with God must have faith as its foundation. To truly trust in the promises of God means you can’t see all the outcomes and results.
  • “for we walk by faith, not by sight.” – 2 Corinthians 5:7
  • The opposite of faith is sight. Relying on our own sight means we trust our view better than God’s.
  • Faith requires trust – at all times.
  • Faith often wavers in difficulty; faith comes easily when good times roll.
  • Faith means we trust God’s plans supersede our own – always.
  • Faith means we operate out of conviction God will work in ways we cannot understand.
  • “For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God” – Ephesians 2:8. 
  • Without faith we have no relationship with God. Without God, we have no faith. We cannot originate faith – we must ask God for more and more faith!
  • The apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith!” – Luke 17:5. Reading Romans 12 and passages like the ones in Luke 17 will encourage us to ask for more faith!
  • And when we have it we should glorify God for it rather than take credit ourselves!
  • So, for salvation, for heaven, for forgiveness, for everything God gives us, we must ask for the faith it takes to see God’s ways and plans.

Tuesday Rambling 3.21.17 – Heroin and Our Neighborhood

Usually the topic itself would require a bit deeper or more lengthy post. I’ll assume familiarity with the topic.

  • I thought I’d ramble in response to the Akron Beacon Journal article in Sunday’s paper.
  • I’ve heard several different reactions to the article, ranging from anger to understanding.
  • Ranging responses should be expected, but I’d at least say we should wrestle with the facts.
  • Data show poorer neighborhoods have more overdoses. What does that mean?
  • It doesn’t mean heroin has no impact in the suburbs; indeed it does.
  • Nor does it mean the neighborhood should wallow unto death. Many pursue the greater good here in civic, educational, and spiritual arenas.
  • It does mean those who count overdoses can show that more of them happen in neighborhoods where incomes remain lower.
  • I hate to admit that. I love my community and don’t see our family leaving anytime soon.
  • So, I take it as a challenge. How can I strive to help improve life in the neighborhood where I live?
  • I can find out more about ways every day citizens can respond.
  • I can continue to aid those working with recovering addicts or grieving family members.
  • I can pray for the movement of the Holy Spirit, drawing people to fulfillment in Christ rather than drugs.
  • What other thoughts would you add?

Tuesday Rambling 3.7.17 – About Right and Wrong

Tuesday mean time for rambling.

  • Will you teach your children right and wrong?
  • Why? And how will you determine the standards?
  • When it comes to harming someone, do you believe in a boundary? What words are hurtful? What actions?
  • When it comes to personal character, should you cheat? Why or why not?
  • Does it matter if you say things that lack truth? Or blur the lines?
  • Regarding sex, do any boundaries on our behavior exist? Can we absolutely do anything we want with our bodies no matter the ramifications for others or for society? If no, where do you draw the line and why?
  • The bottom line: we all believe in right and wrong. No, the neighbor shouldn’t have loud bumping parties every night. No, we don’t think the neighbor should be able to steal our tools from our shed. Nor do we think a neighbor should be able to kill our pet without any recourse.
  • I’m challenging you to think about why you have morals or why it would concern you to teach them.
  • I believe the structure for right and wrong comes from the fact we have a God who actually created the world and entire universe in which we reside.
  • Simply, having a creator means someone is qualified to govern the creation. Someone outside the creation (God) governs what goes on in the creation.
  • Yes, that’s why we believe right and wrong. And if you don’t believe in an absolute right and wrong, you must admit you believe in some right and wrong and you have to have an explanation for why.
  • Finally, if God governs the creation, then He certainly has the qualifications to govern heaven, hell, and who gets there. He governs our souls, and while he does so with justice, what we also know is that He is a God of great love.
  • He sent his Son Jesus Christ to die for our sins. Only a God outside the world can come into the world as a human and stay perfect. That’s our hope. I urge you to trust in what His death and resurrection accomplished. He stayed morally pure so we can have the hope of victory over all our wrongs. He rose from the dead to prove He has power over death and the world!