Monthly Archives: April 2012
Perhaps you’ve seen a T.V. commercial advertising for new members to join their particular religion. One series of commercials you might find on the air specifically caters to people who want a relationship with Jesus as long as they don’t have to change their lifestyle. Each commercial is designed to show how this “church” is more tolerant than other religious groups, and always ends with the same statement: “No matter who you are or where you are on life’s journey, you’re welcome here…” This is the basic religious philosophy of many religious groups in the “community church” movement. The basic idea is that God loves you just as you are, and He’s not really concerned with how you live your life as long as you “love” Him.
Unfortunately for those who have bought into this recent philosophy, the Bible couldn’t be more clear that CLICK HERE TO SEE FULL ARTICLE
This year the Alabama Crimson Tide rose to the top of the college football scene, earning the right to be called the best of the best. Their only regular season loss came at the hands of LSU in overtime; a loss soon forgotten as Alabama crushed LSU 21-0 in the BCS championship game. Along with the title of National Champions, Alabama was also privileged to take home the coveted BCS coaches trophy. This beautiful, crystal trophy is hand-sculpted in Ireland, and is valued at $30,000. Unfortunately for Alabama, their prize for all that hard work and dedication came crashing to the ground last Saturday. One of the player’s fathers accidentally tripped on the rug that sits beneath the trophy, knocking it off its podium during practice. Suddenly the exquisite symbol of their athletic achievement lay shattered on the ground in just a matter of seconds. This fiasco in Alabama reminds us that no matter how spectacular our worldly accomplishments might be, they will not last.
The Greek city of Corinth hosted the Isthmian Games every other year. This great athletic competition was CLICK HERE TO SEE FULL ARTICLE
We’ve all struggled with it at some point in our lives. We rationalize in our minds in order to come up with excuses to avoid doing it. I’m talking about returning to someone we’ve wronged; apologizing, and asking for their forgiveness. There’s something about apologizing that goes against our prideful nature. Perhaps that’s why parents have to force their children to apologize for something as insignificant as not sharing a toy. In those days your parents would say, “You tell your sister you’re sorry right now!” Apologizing and requesting forgiveness can be one of the most challenging and humbling acts people need to engage in.
This difficulty is not limited to our secular affairs. Quite often in our relationship with God we display this same reluctance in regards to our repentance and supplication. This is particularly true when we’re going through difficult trials. CLICK HERE TO SEE FULL ARTICLE
“George was born in northern Virginia in 1732 to a middle class family. When he was eleven years old, he lost his father. Even though his peers never considered him very bright, he applied himself to his studies and mastered geometry, trigonometry, and surveying (think algebra and calculus) by the time he was sixteen years old. At seventeen, George had a chance to put his studies to use at his first job. Talk about a job! Official surveyor of Culpeper County, Virginia. This wasn’t a teen’s job, and it certainly wasn’t office work. For the next three years George endured the hardships of frontier life as he measured and recorded previously unmapped territories. His measuring tools were heavy logs, chains, and rope. George Washington was a man at seventeen, not a teen.” (Do Hard Things, Alex and Brett Harris, copyright 2008©).
Just a few centuries ago young people were both capable and expected to rise to great challenges before them. However in a society that places such low expectations on them, we’re finding out that CLICK HERE TO SEE FULL ARTICLE