From the time we were toddlers, our parents, teachers, grandparents, and any other choice adults have pushed the concept of the importance of sharing. “Sharing is caring” and other catchy phrases have inundated our vocabularies since before we could walk. Sharing is so important, but allow me to spin your worldview just a bit. Picture a society where in some instances we did not share. How beautiful life would be if sometimes we just kept some things all to ourselves.
This is almost oxymoronic to say since it is making its presence on the web, but take a step back and view this in light of how simple things used to be. I’m trying to remember what life was like before smartphones, social media, and filters. I remember it was good. I remember I didn’t worry, even at a young … Read More »
Relationships. Cliques. Dating relationships. Difficult relationships. Passion for others. What we say matters. Our walk with God. Parental relationships. Healthy relationships. Our relationship with our pastor. The topics just mentioned are a few we have examined over the last two and a half years of writing articles on relationships. When I began writing about this subject in January 2015, I was worried I would not have enough material to make it very far. I look back and realize this subject has barely been introduced. Much more can be written about relationships.
Consider the first paragraph of my first article from January 2015: “We were created for relationships. They are not optional. Our lives are spent around and within relationships. Children are in a relationship with parents, maybe even siblings; students are in a relationship with teachers and fellow students; employees … Read More »
She was not happy with the new church music director. Her parents had been hearing it from her for days. She finally told her parents she was planning to quit after this coming Sunday’s service. She loved to sing and taking part in her church’s music ministry, but the church had recently hired a new music director, and she felt the new director was too strict, too hard, and introducing new music styles she was not used to. She determined she was quitting the music department.
“Have you talked to your pastor about this?” her dad asked.
“No,” came her reply.
“You’re not doing anything about this until you talk to the pastor first,” was her dad’s final response.
That conversation did not go the way she hoped it would. Her pastor asked her to agree to stay on for six months … Read More »
Let me recap part one of this article from December. Earlier generations were taught right is right and wrong is wrong, and many resisted temptations and stood strong for the things they believed. Most of today’s generation have adopted Christianity, not because they have found it to be true and worthy of acceptance but because it seems to be the best option they’ve encountered so far. In today’s culture, believing is made out to be more of a preference based on one’s subjective feelings. For our relationships with God and others to be holy, pure, uplifting, and long-lasting, we can’t be “tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine…” (Ephesians 4:14).
To have convictions is to be thoroughly convinced that something is true—“the state of being convinced of error or compelled to admit the truth.” It … Read More »
History is filled with names and accounts of Christians who stood strong for their beliefs in Jesus Christ—even in the face of torture and execution. They chose death for what they believed rather than renounce their firm faith in God. What strikes fear in the hearts of those who have gone before us today is that we will fall prey to the cultural pressures and make wrong choices, bringing pain and suffering to our lives.
We today are faced with unprecedented pressure. We are exposed to temptation, violence, alcohol, illegal drugs, and a variety of influences that threaten to undo all that has been taught. Understand this about yourself, the way you behave comes FROM something. Your attitudes and actions spring from your value system, and your value system is based on what you believe. Research shows, for example, that … Read More »