Showing posts from July, 2021

Being Transformed

   "May the Lord direct your hearts into God's love and Christ's perseverance."   ~2 Thessalonians 3:5 I had a conversation a few weeks ago with somebody about faith.  He says he's an atheist, and questions anybody that would allow themselves to be "limited" by the "rules" of being a Christian.  He wanted to have a conversation he said, but what he really wanted to do was give a lecture about how silly I was to spend so much time studying in seminary, and how dumb I was to waste my retirement years going into Christian ministry instead of kicking back and enjoying my well deserved reward.  So I listened to him.  I interjected where I could, but he didn't hear me.  I left feeling sorry for him.  He is bitterly unhappy.  He is unfulfilled.  He has a secular view of the world and is unwilling to even acknowledge there may be a spiritual side of our nature that if he were to open up mind and his heart could show him there is a deeper purpose to

Pulling The Plug

"And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever." ~1 John 2:17 I think about it at least once a week these days.  Pulling the plug on social media.  My finger has hovered over that delete button a number of times, and I just haven't been able to pull the plug yet.   I keep thinking there's some way I can use social media for good.  I think eventually I'll pull the plug.  It's not a positive thing.  I don't trust the people that run it.  I don't trust the things I see are true or the things I am prevented from seeing are false.  I think it's a tool and it's being used for purposes very few people even think about.  When social media began it was great fun to reconnect with old friends I hadn't seen in a long time.  Share funny stories from long ago.  Catch up with what my friend and family were doing, and follow them as they lived their lives.  I even connected in person with a few old f

No Time To Read The Bible?

Are you one of those people that goes to church, but is just too busy to read the Bible during the week.  You've got a job.  Kids.  Family.  Booster club.  Grocery shopping.  Always a long, long to-do list, and no time for recreational reading. Are you sure you don't have time?  Let me share something with you I learned this week: The average American watches 4 hours of television every day.  There's an average of 12 minutes per hour of commercials on television.  That's 48 minutes a day the average American spends watching TV commercials! Now lets look at the Holy Bible. It takes about 19 hours to read the New Testament, and about 52 hours to read the Old Testament.  So you could read the entire Holy Bible in about 71 hours.   In the time you spend learning which car insurance is the cheapest and which underwear has the most comfortable waistband, you could read the entire New Testament in just three weeks--just picking it up during the commercial breaks! But the Bible