(Got this image from here, but thought is was perfect!)
Have you ever felt like you’re just not as Christian as you should be? That the “new creation” still looks like the “old creation” or that these white robes you’ve been given just aren’t tailored to fit right?
That producing your “fruits” is taking a lot of effort and after all the work, they come out tasting more bitter than sweet?
Well…maybe you’re trying too hard. Continue reading
WARNING: This post is much longer than normal. For the quick answer, scroll to the bottom where it says “Conclusion,” and then come back when you have time to read the details!
Found this image online, loved it, can’t find the original artist. If you are the artist, I’ll gladly give you credit!
“I just read your original prayer post and the phrase about God wanting to give us the ‘desires of our heart’ towards the end is a concept I have been struggling with. I am not sure I believe it…is this something we should be hoping in as much as we seem to?” ~AH
This question was asked by a friend after reading an earlier post on prayer, and it’s probably one of the most important ones Christians should ask on the subject, because we have all thought about it one way or the other, but many of us are afraid to ask it out loud for fear of being seen as ungrateful or even ungodly. Continue reading
Is the American Church too involved in it’s government?
I used to assume that part of the Church’s responsibility was to be heavily active in American politics. Of course it is our Christian duty to vote – and vote conservatively. Of course we should protect our rights to bear arms. Of course we should pledge allegiance to the flag.
Well… shouldn’t we? Continue reading
Discussion on Government and Christians
Today The Table Collective published one of my posts. It’s a question that’s been on my mind for a while now and I wanted to get some feedback from others. If you have some time, check it out and let me know what’s on your mind about the subject!
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“Frodo, neither the Voice nor the Eye: free to choose, and with one remaining instant to do so. He took the Ring off his finger.” -Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring
Our struggle. Daily, even minute by minute at times. So accurately described in so many places, and yet no easier to deal with.
We are neither the Voice nor the Eye, the Holy Spirit nor the Spirit of Evil. We are the agent in the middle, free to choose – and at times with only an instant to do so. Continue reading
Faith does not come from us. It doesn’t originate from us. It’s not initiated by us. The Bible seems to make this clear. But does this mean we can’t have faith without God flipping a switch in us? No.
Here’s the thing: if God had no part in our faith, then we could say, “I believed in God without any help at all!” This isn’t biblical. But it also doesn’t mean that God directly causes some to have faith and some not. What would be the point of Paul’s argument in Romans – that no one has an excuse not to have faith in God – when, in fact, they do have an excuse; God never gave them faith! Simply doesn’t make sense, and it’s because we’ve misunderstood something about faith.
Faith is always the second step. Continue reading
There really is so much tied into the word “faith” that I’m not sure where to begin. A starting point, though, is the Bible separates it from works.
Faith is not an action. Continue reading