We all love Pastor Craig. He has this pretty amazing knack for discovering God’s truth in Scripture and then putting it back to us in words, stories, and concepts that we can turn into life-altering action. Really though, who else can turn commercials and viral videos into deep and inspiring biblical messages?
Kids. Such a crazy idea. These tiny humans in our care could one day preside over a country, invent the next technological breakthrough, and get their own tiny humans. If you’re a Christian, you know their destiny is eternal. Here’s the shocker—the initial shaping and beginning of their eternity happens in our homes, under our love and influence. Maybe your children are grown, and you feel like you screwed all this up. Keep reading. This is for you too.
Pretend you have kids (maybe you do), but suddenly you have no way of communicating with them verbally or otherwise. If they only have your life as an example, what would they deduce it takes to be happy? The right career, house, weekend activities, behavior, grades, youth sport leagues, clothes, food, friends, entertainment, church? Would they look at your life and realize like the Apostle Paul that godliness with contentment is itself great? We don’t all have kids, but we're all sending God a message about what we think it takes to be happy. Here’s some bad advice: tell others with your life that He isn’t enough. And now here’s some good advice about how to actually be happy.
Whether you’re married or not, imagine this. You’re looking at the person who decided to give up their heart, some dreams, their body, their years, and their singleness because they committed to join into a lifelong, exclusive partnership of selfless love with you. You’re about to tell them you’ve put all of that and so much more on the line because someone kept flirting with you at work, or because you didn’t think they listened, or because you felt like they lost their passion in the bedroom.
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Here’s how start an addiction: justify any hang-ups you have, do whatever you want to do, keep mistakes in the shade, and depend on your own strength to overcome any odds you face. That’s terrible advice we’ve all followed into a mess of empty addiction at some point in our lives. So how de we get out of the mess? There is always a way out underneath. Here are five keys to fighting your way out of any addiction.
Did you know some religious people once asked Jesus how to get into heaven? When Jesus told them to love the Lord with everything and love their neighbor as themselves, they naturally wanted to know who these neighbors were. Wouldn’t you? Well, no surprise here, Jesus answered them with a story. This particular story was about a good Samaritan—someone the religious elite would have seen as neither good nor their geographical, spiritual, or relational neighbor. But Jesus wasn’t just widening their perspective of who their neighbor was. His story taught these teachers How To Neighbor.
First of all, you should know there are all sorts of arguments about how Jesus rose from the dead on a Saturday or a completely different time of year. There are entire religions full of people who don’t believe Jesus rose from the dead at all. But that’s not what we’re talking about. We’re talking about who we celebrate on Easter and why we celebrate Him. You came for one sentence. Here it goes.
I just Googled Jeremiah 29:11, and the first autocomplete search suggestion is, “Jeremiah 29:11 tattoo.” Apparently, most of the people rummaging the Internet for this Scripture are looking to learn more about making it a permanent part of their epidermis. Before you Google epidermis, it means your outer layer of skin. Speaking of meanings, “Jeremiah 29:11 meaning,” is the second autocomplete search suggestion I see. I’m glad people want to know what it means, but maybe we should find out prior to making it a part of our forearm forever.
Read this: “You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.” John 14:14 NIV If you take this verse on its own, you might be likely to ask Jesus for all sorts of doozies. Dear Jesus, can You keep all of my family healthy, safe, and rich forever? In Your name, amen.