Ya'll move with timidity | Your practices are too gimmicky | Y'all pitch it as piety | You're lookin' like an enemy. . .
When you hear the phrase, “from the other side of the tracks,” what comes to your mind? That phrase is typically used to describe someone from a bad part of town or maybe from a low income section of a city. It’s definitely not a positive phrase. Did you know that the “other side of the tracks” idea is how many people saw Jesus in His day?
Recently I saw the trailer for an upcoming film talking about Mr. Fred Rogers and his work on Television. During the course of the film, journalist Tom Junod begins to profile Mr. Rogers and befriends the man through understanding the impetus behind why Mr. Rogers behaved the way he did. I watched the trailer, and with all the courage I can muster, I must say I bawled my eyes out thinking about such kindness and what it means to love people unconditionally. My mind immediately was drawn to the crucifix which hangs above my desktop monitor and I beheld my Savior who demonstrated the ultimate act of unconditional love by…
As you read through Jesus’ interactions with people, it’s fairly easy to see a pattern in His approach. I don’t mean that Jesus reaches out to each person in the same way. By no means. In fact, each encounter we read in Scripture is different – unique to that particular person and circumstance. But one thing we do see over and over again is that Jesus touches people – he connects with them.
When Chris Tomlin wrote the song entitled Indescribable, he was attempting to find the proper words to accurately portray the existential greatness of God. Undoubtedly, it was soon determined that mere words could not describe the true and glorious nature of YHWH God. As the rest of the song’s lyrics suggest, Tomlin is mainly referring to the power God has, and how wonderfully and mightily it is demonstrated through His actions.
Somehow ended up here Where they amazed to learn that I used to run crack Took G to cook it He took me down south Crooked paths through them Carolinas a straight shot
When someone keeps changing their mind about something – going in one direction and then switching back the other way over and over – we call them “fickle.” If someone just cannot make up their mind about an issue or what path to take, we call them “indecisive.” I don’t like to admit it, but there have been many times in my life when I have been both fickle and indecisive in my faith in Christ. I’m not referring to not knowing if Jesus truly is the only way to forgiveness and eternal life. I am 100% rock solid about that. I also fully believe that God loves me, cares…
Forgiveness and blessing are precious and wonderful things. Forgiveness relieves us of our guilt, it cancels out our wrongdoing, and it restores broken relationships. However, the question is this: How do we obtain Blessing? And, what does this forgiveness produce in us?
When we first moved into our home here in Lynchburg, the bushes at the front of the house were a mess. They were overgrown, too tall, too wide and looked like they hadn’t been cared for in a long time. My first thought was to just chop them all down and start over, but that wasn’t very smart and would have been very expensive. Instead, over the past three years, I’ve gradually trimmed them, cut them back and broken off all of the dead branches that were tangled up in the middle of those bushes. Now, three years later, they are starting to look less like a forest and more…
If you have ever expressed any type of views or opinions on any subject, whether it be ice cream flavors or your theological stance on soteriology, someone has undoubtedly challenged your views, and an argument has ensued. We have all taken part in arguments, debates, disputes, disagreements, or whatever else you want to call them. While there is nothing inherently wrong with arguing, arguments often times lead to hurt feelings, animosity, and division.