In my previous post I talked about whether we believe God or not. I made the comment that if we understand truth and grace, our lives will reflect that belief. The problem is that we don’t really believe that it's true. We don't understand the importance of truth, or the depth of grace. I've continued to … Continue reading Is it really true?
One of my kids is going through a phase in which he needs to decide if he values truth and integrity or not. He has somehow gotten the idea that it isn't quite lying if you just bend the truth, maybe twist things just enough to make it come out the way you want. Where … Continue reading “Sort of” following
Yesterday in church we sang a song that starts with these words: “Take not your spirit from me” (Take Me Higher by Lincoln Brewster). My first thought was “Of course he won’t. He doesn’t ever take his Spirit from us.” Then I realized that reaction is too quick. Not wrong, exactly, just incomplete. There are … Continue reading Take not your Spirit from me
Some people are hard to love. Sometimes people do things that hurt us, and they aren't ever going to be sorry. Sometimes people aren't responsive at all when we try to reach out to them. Sometimes people do things that make them unworthy of love, or unworthy of respect. What is the right thing for … Continue reading The path to grace
I once had a boss who talked to someone else about me before he really knew me. They told him their opinion about me, which wasn't great, and then he thought he knew all he needed to know. As it turned out, it didn't even really matter in the long run if what he had … Continue reading Knowing About God
One of my sons likes battles. He has just over a gazillion little robots, space ships, monsters and army men, and he sets up his whole room in these elaborate battle scenes that take days to play out. While he's in the middle of one, he doesn't want anybody to clean it up. I am … Continue reading What is clean, anyway?
"Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and petition with thanksgiving present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus." Philippians 4:6-7 (NIV) I was discussing this verse with my kids today, and it occurred to me … Continue reading Don’t worry about it