Saturday, April 30, 2016
Friday, April 29, 2016
Do you know why ISIS is so successful? They have something we lack. Unity. They have a mission and are united in their goal to kill anyone who disagrees with them. Here in America? We can’t even decide which bathroom to use. That is more of a threat than ISIS. We are on the verge of dividing ourselves right out of existence. Right now we have, rich, middle class, poor, hyphenated Americans, gay, lesbian, hetro, and trans just to name a few. We are talking about stability abroad when we don’t even have it in our own country. One day we will have to decide which is more important, our divisiveness or our freedom. If we don’t we may wake up one day and find that we have neither.
Thursday, April 28, 2016
For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. For it is written: “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise; the intelligence of the intelligent I will frustrate.” (1 Corinthians 1:18-19)
I was just reading this passage today. What really jumped out at me was "the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing". We are called to preach the Gospel, not to argue it. I read on forums all the time where Christians are quarreling with non-believers about Biblical teachings and the existence of God. What did Jesus say? "If anyone will not welcome you or listen to your words, leave that home or town and shake the dust off your feet." Stop trying to force people to believe what you do. We are commanded to spread the Gospel, God is the one who convicts.
Wednesday, April 27, 2016
I wonder how, in centuries past, people read and understood the Bible before all of these books were written to tell us how to read and understand the Bible? It's funny that when we first became Christians, we understood almost everything in the Bible without any books or courses to teach us. It wasn't until we grew older that we found ourselves trying to delve in to it's 'deeper' meaning. Why would God write a book that only the highly educated and trained could 'really' understand? And if there is a deeper meaning in some of the passages, He sent His Holy Spirit to guide us to those meanings. That's not to say that there aren't some very good books where other Christians have imparted their insights or special revelations. I guess what I'm trying to say is that I wonder if Paul ever envisioned a world where people would actually have to pay to attend a special school where they would read his letters. Or attend a school and have to pay exorbitant amounts of money to read the words of Jesus that His disciples recorded? Just food for thought.