Christians, Alcohol and Doing Violence to the Scriptures…

There’s a link below.  The people who wrote this and believe in this are probably really good folks.  We do, however, disagree sharply.  Not just about the topic.  But the way in which the Scriptures are used (misused, IMHO) in order to justify a position.  I’ve linked to the article.  And my response from a FB discussion related to the …

Layman Convictions…

Layman Convictions: We are solidly New Covenant. The Old Covenant refers to the Mosaic Law Code and includes the rules and regulations from Leviticus and Deuteronomy. It was given to the Jews, not the Gentiles. There is NO RECORD of God ever giving the Old Covenant to the Gentiles. Nor expecting them to live by it. Rather, Romans says that …

Choose the Right Fear

Fear conquers fear. The story of Jonah is not about a fish. Yeah, you read that right: it’s not about a fish. God tells Jonah to head to Nineveh. To “call out against it.” In other words, to pronounce judgment on it. Which Jonah must have LOVED. Because the Assyrians people (Peeps who lived in Nineveh) were cruel, strong and …

The Divided Country and Christianity…from Sunday’s Sermon

From Sunday: – We are absolutely divided culturally and politically – This is the church’s finest hour. IF we truly follow Jesus – Who you are (identity) dictates what you will do. And what you won’t – In Christ, I don’t have the right to label and call names – Jesus talked about calling people fool and raca (empty head). …

6 Suggestions for Handling Conflict

The simple, undeniable truth of life related to conflict is this: you will experience conflict. It doesn’t matter how hard you try to avoid it. How anxious it makes you. How much you want people to like you. Even if you become a chameleon, a 1000 different people- and losing yourself in the process of trying to please everyone- you …

7 Personal Heart Checks…

7 Personal Heart Checks in the Middle of Conflict: – If you celebrate the pain of the other person, you need a heart change. – If you desire to see the other person hurt, you need a heart change. – If you want to see people side with you over the other person, you need a heart change. – If …

6 Principles for Handling Conflict while Glorifying Christ

– Take it to the person you have the problem with. Don’t separate and then start trying to get people on your side. Don’t play the victim. Talk to the person directly. Take someone with you if need be. (Matt. 18). – Kill gossip. Kill it. Sure…some people will listen to you and believe you. But far more will ask …

It works. And people show their concern for me, so…

The simple truth is that caring takes energy, focus, an emotional toll.  And that’s OK.  We’re called to care for one another.  That’s part of life.  But…(this is a big but, and I cannot lie!), life was meant to be lived multi-directionally.  Follow me here.  Let’s think this thing through, OK? Relationships are give and take.  We genuinely care for …

New Eyes…Better Relationships

2 ways to regard people…and maybe a 3rd: – As I am right now, from my perspective. This gives me the right to put my strengths against someone else’s weaknesses and judge myself superior- and the other person lacking. It is incredibly arrogant, judgemental and very human. I would suggest thst we do this quite often. – As they are …