Monthly Archives: March 2012

Essential House Guest Etiquette

Everyone has certain expectations for etiquette when someone enters their house as a guest. For some, their house rules are quite strict. They expect everyone to remove their shoes at the door, and guests had better not put their feet up on any furniture. On the other hand, others enjoy a home environment where guests can “crash” anywhere they can find a spot that’s not covered in their dirty laundry. After all, since it’s their house they alone are in position to make the rules. As far as they’re concerned, if you don’t like it you can leave. House rules can vary greatly from culture to culture. For instance in America we’re very time-oriented. If someone shows up late for dinner at our house, it comes across as inconsiderate. However if you’re invited to dinner in India, you’d better show up at least 15 to 30 minutes late. If you show up on time, your gesture is considered quite rude. We may not understand, or even like the rules of other people’s houses, but that’s irrelevant. As guests we don’t get to pick and choose which rules we want to follow. Otherwise, we won’t be welcome to stay in their house.

Paul writes to the young evangelist Timothy concerning the issues facing the church at Ephesus where Timothy preaches. His entire purpose for this letter is to instruct Timothy on how God requires people to behave in His house, the church (1 Timothy 3:15). However there’s a huge obstacle in Timothy’s way CLICK HERE TO SEE FULL ARTICLE

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Would You Hurry Up Already?

Have you ever needed to stop and laugh at yourself when you discover that you’re getting all worked up over something that should never annoy you? I recently turned on my computer in order to quickly check some information, and I found myself needing to make a snack because I didn’t want to sit there and wait as my computer booted up. It was getting on my nerves, and I needed to focus my attention elsewhere. Just how long did my computer take to fully power on? It lasted a whopping 56 seconds… What is the deal here? As it turns out I’m not alone in my difficulty to wait and focus on a goal. According to the Associated Press the average attention span in 2012 only lasts for about 8 seconds! If you think that’s bad, listen to this. The average attention span of a gold fish is longer at 9 seconds! We certainly live in a “fast-food” society where we want everything right now. If we can’t get it, then we just go somewhere else that will deliver the goods quicker.

This sad reality doesn’t automatically turn itself off in regards to a Christian’s anticipation of their future reward of heaven. Sometimes when we experience a rough patch in our lives CLICK HERE TO SEE FULL ARTICLE

Liturgies, Leprechauns, or Libations: What Will You Observe?

Here in America, we’ve celebrated St. Patrick’s Day since the late 18th century, although not always in the same fashion. On one hand, religious groups such as the Catholic, Lutheran, Eastern Orthodox, and the Anglican churches set this day apart as a holy day to remember one of their patron Saints. On the other hand, millions of other people adorn themselves in green garb and hit the town with one purpose: to see how much alcohol they can ingest. Although both of these approaches address polar opposite motives, where does the Christian stand in how they view March 17th? There are two elements of St. Patrick’s Day that Christians must analyze for themselves.  CLICK HERE TO SEE FULL ARTICLE

Are You Playing Devil’s Advocate?

If you watch the news regularly, there’s a good chance you’ve run across a story on the Westboro Baptist Church out of Topeka, Kansas. This peculiar religious group primarily consists of one family; the Phelps’. As a religion, they have gained international fame for their unique “ministry.” What is their unique ministry? They travel the country protesting at funerals in order to cause a stir. The Phelps’ began picketing in 1998, when they protested homosexuality at the funeral of Matthew Shepherd. Since then, they make it a practice to picket the funerals of American soldiers, celebrities, and even school children killed in bus accidents. Their self-stated goal is help people go to hell. Spokesperson Shirley Phelps said, “Our job is laid out in comments sprinkled with biblical references. We are supposed to blind their eyes, stop up their ears and harden their hearts so that they cannot see, hear or understand, and be converted and receive salvation.”

As you read statements like that, you probably experience a variety of emotions: outrage, resentment, fear, shame, and heartbreak just to name a few. Since we understand the stark reality of hell revealed in God’s word, it often brings tears to our eyes just thinking about the possibility of our friends, family, or even strangers spending an eternity in that torment. As much as we like to point our finger at the Westboro Baptist Church, for their sinful motives…too often WE accomplish exactly the same result in the way we deal with the lost.  Click Here To See Full Article

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