The Freedom of a Life without Law

Romans 8:2 – “For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and death.”

There’s nothing more freeing than a life without law!   Continue reading The Freedom of a Life without Law

When Patience is a Vice, not a Virtue

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

Water – God’s Dividing Line

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

Chase God, not Ghosts

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

The Benefits of No TV – part 3 (final)

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)

A False Badge of Honor

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

7 Lies About Sin to Stop Telling Yourself

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