Posts from June 2018

Posts from June 2018

June 29, 2018

We condemn rather than invite.   When we grow more consumed with our religion rather than our faith, we stop inviting. The people around us become the problem. They listen to bad music and watch Game of Thrones, and maybe even smoke cigars. They definitely don’t use clean language and their views on creation, abortion, politics, and social issues are different. So…

June 28, 2018

Prayer becomes mechanical When we focus on our religion over our relationship prayers become less about talking with God and more about getting another thing done. We pray, not because we want to know and experience God, but because we’re supposed to pray. We spend moments in prayer before meals and at church but don’t find ourselves having real and honest…

June 27, 2018

Humility is gone.   When we focus on our religion over Jesus we focus on our own works. As we do more stuff that looks religious we grow more and more arrogant. We start to think we’ve gotten better and our ability to sympathize with those who are still struggling seems to grow smaller and smaller. Finally, we get to a place where we see someone in the same struggle…

June 26, 2018

Lack of investment in others   Religion causes us to turn in, Jesus calls us to look out. When we get to caught up in religion and not caught up enough in God we start worrying about our own life. We worry about ourselves, our struggles, and our own problems and forget to be a part of helping others. Religion makes my problems the priority and Jesus says we should…

June 25, 2018

Religion   The people I fear for the most, the person I fear becoming the most, is a very religious, person.   The problem for most people who have placed religion as an idol in their life is that no one ever notices. I mean how could they? On paper, most everything looks right. To the rest of the word, your life looks like it’s under wraps. You carry your…

June 22, 2018

Get accountable.   The Bible tells us to confess our sins. We need to confess to those around us, not for forgiveness, but for freedom. We need people around us to help care for us, guide us, and keep us safe. It’s why the New Testament encouraged public confessions of sin. This wasn’t meant as a public shaming but as a public support system. It was one…

June 21, 2108

Don’t overestimate yourself   It’s easy to get prideful and think, “I can handle this.” It’s easy to overestimate our own strength, vigor, and determination rather than admit we may be in over our heads.   Do not err on the side of pride. Assume you need help. Assume you should call. Set up guidelines, barriers, and safety nets to keep yourself from…

June 20, 2018

Pray   This one seems obvious but how often we forget it.   We have access to a holy, mighty, loving, gracious God. Yet so often we find ourselves letting prayer fall by the wayside. The Christian faith in following Jesus has become less of a faithful relationship and more like marching orders. There is no love. There is no connection. There is no real communion…

June 19, 2018

Meditate on God’s word.   Maybe you’re really good about reading every day. Maybe you read a chapter every morning. Maybe you memorize a verse or two and when it comes to Bible stuff you’ve got more facts tucked away than most would answer.   How often does it come up throughout your day though? How often do you remember what you read? Do you ever stop in the…

June 18, 2018

We all know the struggle of our desires. We want a drink. We want the next high. We want the stuff. We want more. We know that these things are not good for us and that we need to remove them from our lives, but why is it that they seem to creep back up and always be a struggle? What can we do to give ourselves more strength when desires come knocking at the door and we…

June 15, 2018

Your goals are where you end up.   The things your set goals for are the places you’ll eventually be and the person you’ll turn into. You become your goals. You become the person you put effort and energy and time and care into being. Do you like where your goals are going to lead you?   Imagine how your life would be different if your goals looked like the ones…

June 14, 2018

Setting good goals   What would your life look like if the goals you placed were eternal? What if we cared as much about our lost friends as we did our 401k? What if we invested in the needy and hurting as much as we did our entertainment? What if we did with a little less so those who had nothing could have something? What if our goals were eternal.   C.S.…
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