Here’s a handy little tool for seeing if you are understanding the true meaning of a text you’re reading. It’s called the Paraphrase Principle.
“There’s a difference between love and tolerance. There’s a difference between love and sex. We’ve conflated terms.
How do we respond to the claim that we have a right to love who we want to love? The response is very clear and very simple. Do you love some people who you don’t have sex with? I certainly hope you do. I hope you love a lot of people you don’t have sex with. Love and sex are not synonymous but our culture has conflated the two and the church has bought into the lie.
I was on the O’Reilly factor once and we got into the issue of tolerance and finally said, “Mr O’Reilly, on your anniversary, did you send your wife an, “I tolerate you card?” And there was a pause. Continue Reading →
“The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.”
” Let the sky rejoice, and the earth be happy! Let the sea and everything in it shout!”
Here are some thoughts from someone navigating this…
“When I was 19, I participated in a religious retreat called The Emmaus Walk. I was the youngest on this particular weekend by at least a decade and that proved significant. After a heavy session, men were encouraged to write down those sins they wished to be unburdened of and, in a grand symbolic gesture, take them forward and burn them.
Returning to my pew, I noticed that many men wept, sobbed actually, the bitter tears of regret. Noting my puzzlement, my mentor, a man 40 years my senior and whom I dearly loved, quietly sat down beside me.
“Why are they crying?” I asked. Continue Reading →
“Leaders stretch with challenges. Followers struggle with challenges. Losers shrink from challenges.”
Temptations are challenges – nothing more but nothing less. What temptations are you facing which will stretch you in character and in your relationship with God? The world is asking you to shrink from them. For some challenges, they are even making it illegal to face them down.
Please don’t shrink. Look beyond your challenges.
You are oh so much more than your challenges and you’ll be oh so much more from your challenges when faced with God.