Follow me as I follow Christ

It was the apostle Paul who told the church at Corinth to, “Imitate me, just as I also imitate Christ.” (1 Corinthians 11:1 – NKJV)

But say this was you speaking to Corinth. Say this was you striving to be the example. What would be the three “top things” that you would hope the Corinthians would see in your life that could be attributed to a major characteristic of the life that Jesus lived?

Share your thoughts! I’m interested in hearing what you have to say.

#being-an-example, #christ-like, #jesus, #nudge

Loving our Neighbor is no Joke!

So a priest, a Levite and a Samaritan are walking down the Jericho road…but there’s no rim-shot that follows this line up. In a lesson about eternal life, loving God and loving one’s neighbor, Jesus tells a story that is still reverberating up to this day, and Jesus’ main point is that loving our neighbor is no joke!

Loving our neighbor forces us to cross ethnic and racial lines. Loving our neighbor forces us to cross economic and social status lines. Loving our neighbor forces us to cross unconventional and personally uncomfortable lines.

Hands get dirty when love enters the picture. Resources get used when love enters the picture.  Lives change when love enters the picture. And this is only for those who are willing to show it. Even the self-justification seeking, or maybe we could say excuse giving, lawyer of Moses’ Law had to admit this!

So the next time we have the opportunity to laugh at the misfortune of those with whom we don’t “gee and haw” we may need to stop and reconsider who the joke may end up being on if we fail to have a heart that sees the seriousness of loving our neighbor.

If someone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen, how can he love God whom he has not seen?” (1 John 4:20)

#christ-like, #christian-living, #christianity, #eternal-life, #great-commandment, #love, #neighbor

Guest Article: iPhones or iDols?

The following article is by Josh Gulley. Josh is the son of preacher man, a high school music teacher and member of the church in the same county that I live in, but he’s not a member at Keltonburg…hey, everyone has to have a flaw or two 🙂 Hope you find his words of warning helpful:

iPhones or iDols?

Cell phones can be wonderful tools. They have made the world smaller by allowing us to communicate more quickly and conveniently than has ever been possible. Using smartphone technology we can do almost anything, from paying our bills to controlling the lighting and air conditioning in our home while we’re not there. It has made life much easier—no longer must we waste all that energy opening the door or peeking out the window to check the weather: we can do that with just a few touches of the screen. Jesting aside, they have become a useful addition to our lives, and I imagine that there are some children of God who have (as I suppose we should) given Him thanks for the blessings cellular technology has brought to our lives.

As with every other good thing, however, cell phones can grow on us like warts. Days and weeks pass before we realize that we are touch-screening our lives away. Some of us have perhaps had the experience of turning around and driving miles back to our homes because we were almost to our destination when we realized our phone was not on our person. We feel like the earth’s rotation will stop if we are without our phones for an hour or two. At some point we cease using our phones because our phones are beginning to use us.

I personally do not have a smartphone (yet), but I know the description above can be true based on simple observation and experiences with other technology. As a teacher in a public school, I constantly have to remind students to put their phones away. If I do this at the beginning of class, within two or three minutes of giving that direction I will see somebody holding their book in just such a way to hide their phone from my sight. I am afraid some of them are drifting into a world where they depend on having that gadget in their hand the way we as humans depend on food and shelter. Continue reading

#bible, #christ-like, #christianity, #devotion, #guest-article, #idolatry, #smartphone, #technology

Learning to Listen

Not only does Jesus’ ability to speak amaze me but also His ability to listen. The prophet, priest and king of God had a message to give, but He also had time to spend to allow others to talk. This wasn’t only true for His followers, but also for His enemies. There’s a thought for you!

How can we better learn to listen and be more like Jesus?

I think one way is to remember how we want to be listened to at times. Sometimes we just want someone to listen to us, not necessarily to put a burden on the shoulders of others, but so we can just get something off of our chest. A good preacher and a good listener doesn’t always follow the same name, but it did with Jesus!

Another way to remember how to be a good listener is to remember the opportunities it can bring to have an effect on someone else’s life with the gospel. The ‘right’ answer can’t be given if we don’t know the ‘right’ question. The idea is novel in a way, but there’s nothing novice about. It takes patience and a heart that sincerely cares about individuals.

Christ-like is what we’re called to be and I’m still trying to answer that call in more ways than one. Do you know what one of the most important things we have to be willing to do when it comes to that call? We have to be willing to listen!

No one, when he has lit a lamp, covers it with a vessel or puts it under a bed, but sets it on a lampstand, that those who enter may see the light. For nothing is secret that will not be revealed, nor anything hidden that will not be known and come to light. Therefore take heed how you hear. For whoever has, to him more will be given; and whoever does not have, even what he seems to have will be taken from him.” (Luke 8:16-18, NKJV)

#christ-like, #christianity, #jesus, #listening