Americans lack patience. Big time.
A prime example: our frustration with our smartphones when they take too long to process information — information which, by the way, travels to and from satellites orbiting the planet! Comedian Louis CK famously mocked impatient cellphone users by asking, “It’s going to space! Can you give it a few seconds to get back from space?!”
He makes a good point. We need more patience. Sometimes, however, we need less. Continue reading When Patience is a Vice, not a Virtue
It’s fascinating how God uses water in Scripture as a dividing line between bad and good. In the days of Noah, the earth was filled with violence. God promised, “Behold, I, even I am bringing the flood of water upon the earth, to destroy all flesh in which is the breath of life…” (Gen. 6:13). God used water to wipe away the sinfulness of the earth and start fresh. It was the dividing line between corruption and cleansing, between old sinful life and a new beginning. Continue reading Water – God’s Dividing Line
As Christians, God, the Holy Spirit, and His Son Jesus Christ are the standards we should pursue. Jesus said, “Seek first His kingdom and His righteousness.” (Matt. 6:33a). “You are to be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.” (5:48). “Those whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son.” (Rom. 8:29). Unfortunately, instead of chasing God’s standards, we often chase ghost standards. I speak from experience. Continue reading Chase God, not Ghosts
For the final installment in this series, consider three more benefits of no TV.
7) More productivity. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve looked around after a 4 hour TV binge and realized I hadn’t done a single chore. Dishes still dirty, lawn still uncut, laundry crumpled on the floor, books still unread, but hey at least I got to see how my show turned out right? Give me a break. Continue reading The Benefits of No TV – part 3 (final)
In the good ole’ days, keeping up with the Jones’ was about who had the most money, the biggest house, and the nicest car. While that remains true for some, there’s a new badge of honor in town: busyness. When you ask people how they’re doing, the answer is, “Oh I’ve been so busy!” “Busy” is the default response and when it’s not, something seems off. Continue reading A False Badge of Honor
The word rationalize can be defined as “rational lies.” When we sin and try to justify our actions, we’re deceiving ourselves. Our arguments may seem logical on the surface, but they’re not. They’re lies! Continue reading 7 Lies About Sin to Stop Telling Yourself
There’s a classic scene from Seinfeld where Jerry is on a plane and they hit turbulence. Flight attendants tell passengers to buckle up, and Jerry asks, “Can we go over the instructions again?” It hits at something we all know is true; most of us don’t listen to those safety instructions at the start of the flight. Continue reading Jesus Didn’t Come to Serve us Coke