Monthly Archives: May 2012
In 1546 English playwright John Heywood first recorded the idiom, “You can’t have your cake and eat it too.” The idea behind this expression is a paradox. On the one hand a person who eats their cake no longer has it, but on the other hand as long as you try to preserve your cake you can never eat it. We often use this figure of speech to help people consider their own logic. How illogical is it to desire to eat a delicious piece of cake and yet expect it to remain in your possession indefinitely?
When it comes to Christianity, “grace” is a topic that certainly fits well with this discussion. CLICK HERE TO SEE FULL ARTICLE
We tend to be creatures of habit. Consider your morning routine. Chances are that every morning you go through a similar procedure as you start your day. Although we may have different morning routines, there is one item that nearly everyone is sure to attend to before starting their day, and that is taking a good look in the mirror.
Mirrors are quite simple, and yet they are a very important tool for each one of us. We use our mirrors at the beginning of each day to make sure that we look appropriate for whatever our day may bring. Mirrors show us if our hair looks just right before a big job interview. A mirror tells you if the salad you just ate left some lettuce stuck between your molars. Mirrors also let us know if there’s a giant pimple in the middle of our forehead right before we take someone special out on a date. We all use mirrors to identify our imperfections so that we can take appropriate action and adjust our appearance.
Although someone may be tempted to view their appearance in a biased manner, mirrors don’t lie. A mirror is an impartial judge that gives us the most accurate picture of ourselves possible. Have you ever noticed that nobody blames the mirror if CLICK HERE TO SEE FULL ARTICLE
It’s been over 11 years since the Twin Towers fell. Yet most of us can vividly remember where we were that September morning when we first witnessed that traumatic footage. For months our news agencies gave updates on the attack, as America mourned. American pride flourished. In fact, the sales of American flags skyrocketed by over 70% in those first few months. After a while, many determined that America should just move on and try to forget that day that shocked the world. This mentality inspired country music singer Darryl Worley to pen the hit song “Have You Forgotten?” His point was that remembering our past is the only way to maintain our identity and purpose in a confusing world.
We find the same phenomenon occurs with Christians. When they first obey the Gospel they’re on fire for God, and want to shout it from the rooftops. However, CLICK HERE TO SEE FULL ARTICLE
People tend to take great pride in what they “advocate.” We actively advocate for causes that are important to us, and that we believe will make a positive difference in the world around us. For some of us it might be politics, or environmental policies. Reflect upon your personal life for a moment. What do you find so important that you take the time to tell others about it? What topics do you tend to “speak your mind” on with the people you encounter day-to-day?
God gave the prophet Ezekiel something important to advocate:
When I say to the wicked, ‘You will surely die,’ and you do not warn him or speak out to warn the wicked from his wicked way that he may live, that wicked man shall die in his iniquity, but his blood I will require at your hand. “Yet if you have warned the wicked and he does not turn from his wickedness or from his wicked way, he shall die in his iniquity; but you have delivered yourself. (Ezekiel 3:18–19)
Ezekiel was Israel’s watchman, but Christians are the light of the world. CLICK HERE TO SEE FULL ARTICLE
Last month Stephanie Decker, made a decision that would change her life forever. While getting her children ready for school one morning, a tornado suddenly touched down near her Indiana home. Rushing her two young sons to the basement, Stephanie barely had time to seek cover before the house’s windows shattered. It was during that terrifying moment that she made the split-second decision to protect her children. Stephanie wrapped both of her children in a heavy blanket and threw her body on top of them to shield them from the storm. As the storm worsened, all kinds of furniture, and wooden beams struck Stephanie as she covered her children. When the tornado subsided, Stephanie had suffered massive damage to her legs and would later have both of them partially amputated. Amazingly neither of her children experienced any injuries thanks to their mother’s bravery in the face of death.
Unlike Stephanie, many people freeze in a moment of panic such as this. Often when we’re faced with an intimidating situation our fear paralyzes us, and we do absolutely nothing. This is the very problem that Timothy faced in Ephesus. CLICK HERE TO SEE FULL ARTICLE