I have a good friend who is half way through seminary with plans to become a chaplain but just learned that his denomination will not ordain him due to a divorce. He asked me for my opinion whether or not a divorce should prohibit a man from pursuing pastorship and wondered if Paul meant something else. I am assuming that my friend was referring to 1 Timothy 3:2 and Titus 1:6 where he says that leaders in the church should be the husband of one wife. (more…)
Everyone has their list of people they can’t wait to meet when they get to Heaven. Paul, Peter, David of course. Loved ones who have passed away. And I know we all can’t wait to finally meet Alice Cooper (Vincent isn’t there yet, but I have a better chance of meeting him in heaven than I do down here). But I’m really looking forward to sitting down and talking with King Nebuchadnezzar. (more…)
Why Not Me
I’ve heard different speakers during their call to action transition from “Who will do this” to “Why not you”. The problem with that is I can think of 30 reasons not to do just about anything- even if I know it REALLY needs to be done. Instead of asking “Why not me”, ask “What will this cost”. You can then decide if it’s worth the sacrifice. By approaching problems from the perspective that you CAN fix them, you will be in a better position to prioritize. You’ll get a lot more done, and more important stuff as well.
My Problems with Pornography
I’m a guy. There’s something about that XY chromosome pair that causes us to draw tremendous amounts of our sexual satisfaction through our eyes. We are all to some degree genetically predisposed to struggle with pornography. And with the wide acceptance of pornography in our society, we are hard pressed to find any man who does not display some attributes of pornography addiction. (more…)
Dreaming My Life Away…
It’s good to dream. Dreams help us lay the foundations for what will eventually become plans, and then someday realities.
I have gotten off track, though, because I have allowed dreaming to take up so much of my life over the last couple of weeks that it has become a distraction. (more…)
It is important to review what you’ve studied frequently, otherwise we move on to new lessons and do not retain what we’ve already learned. Here is a quick overview of the personal devotions I’ve had int he last week. Just a couple of notes first, though. I have been more consistent in having my personal quiet time bible studies than I have at posting them. I post these to share what I’m learning, but also as a form of accountability. There have already been times I’ve wanted to turn the alarm off and sleep just 30 more minutes, but knowing I have to post my journal notes motivates me to get out of bed. Also, because these are daily updates, I don’t spend as much time organizing them or making them flow like a traditional blog post. These are just my journal notes, and not meant to be anything fancy. I would like to hear some feedback, though, if they seem TOO dry to make it through. I can try to do a better job on them. Finally, on Aug 29 (my second day of documenting these) I stole a tactic from one of my pastors (Jeremy Henderson) by declaring a ‘Big Idea’ on each devotion. I am not ashamed to be a thief. It gives me an anchor I can meditate on throughout the day that is easily communicated and recalled to my mind as I try to reflect on what I studied.
What I’ve Learned
If you’ve ever done any serious mountain biking, you know that choosing a good line (path) is one of the most critical skills to surviving a difficult trail. Nothing will familiarize you with the blended flavors of mud and blood quite like hitting a protruding tree root the wrong way because you were too focused on that waterlogged boulder you just successfully navigated. Failure to choose a good line or to anticipate hazards is a formula for certain destruction. Not only when navigating a bike trail, but when leading your family through spiritual growth as well. (more…)
You. Me. Everyone who wants to mature as a follower of Christ and be an effective tool in His mighty hand needs to spend time learning about Him, which is best accomplished through personal quiet time. But ONLY you, or ONLY me… If husband and wife sit together and do separate devotions, that’s great. But it is important that they not interrupt each other’s study with whatever God is revealing to them at the moment. That is great practice for couples and family bible study (which I highly recommend), but this is personal quiet time and it is important that it remain personal.
Personal quiet time consisting of intense and honest prayer coupled with active bible study. Seeking God through his words and allowing Him to speak to you through your thoughts.
Over and over throughout the bible we are commanded to love our wives. Ephesians 5:25 says we should love as Christ loved the church giving ourselves up for her. We are to set ourselves aside for her benefit. We are to sacrifice on her behalf. We all pretty much expect to do this when we first make our vows. But as life progresses and the demands of running a home, challenges of raising children, and stresses of career set in, serving our wives out of love moves further and further down on our priority list
Who I Am and Why I Do This
I have been an average American Christian male – raised in church but devoted to myself. I have struggled with lying, laziness, pornography and fear. I have sat engrossed in television for more than 36 hours in a week and complained about not having time for intimate prayer or bible study.