They were the most difficult words anyone could hear as a pastor. They were the truth but they were also wrong. They were fundamental to his ability to do his job but they were also destructive to his ability to do his job in a Godly way. The easiest solution was to leave the church, but this would not address the issue, although it would make sure it wasn’t his problem. He could do as he was told, but this would be against his morals and would allow the existing problem to continue and maybe get worse. He could fight for what he believed to be right, but this could lead to the end of his job without the problem being addressed. The one thing that was clear, it could not be ignored.(more…)
…continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose. Philippians 2:12-13 (NIV)
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
neither are your ways my ways,”
declares the Lord.
“As the heavens are higher than the earth,
so are my ways higher than your ways
and my thoughts than your thoughts. Isaiah 55:8-9 (NIV)
Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” Matthew 22:37-40 (NIV)
A Little Understanding – The Insulation (cont.)
Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. Romans 12:2 (NIV)
In a house the temperatures compete for control.
In our spiritual life our knowledge/understanding compete with our emotional experience of God as if one must win out while the other is deemed unneeded. For some being hot or cold appears to have served them well, while others jump from hot to cold to hot and so on, looking for a sense of fulfillment. Serving yourself well or constantly pursuing a personal sense of fulfillment is not the goal of a life committed to following Jesus. Just as a stable/balanced temperature in your home is much easier to live with, a stable/balanced temperature in your spiritual life is the only way to be transformed.(more…)
A Little Understanding – The Insulation
If you are like me, just reading the word insulation makes you want to start scratching. This [post] is not meant to be a “how-to” [post] on construction or even an attempt to pass on savvy tips to help you with your DIY projects. I will however give you a proven piece of advice; don’t roll around naked in insulation.(more…)