The Missus was miffed recently when a popular brotherhood effort reprinted a post of mine and misspelled both my names. I’m used to it by now. We’ll let the guilty go unnamed, because they’re good people and it’s an innocent and harmless mistake.
Normally careful people have their moments of inattention. I have mine; you, yours, right? Some moments of distraction can burn the house down or drown the baby in the swimming pool (for those who have such luxuries). We pray those moments are few and far between.
Other moments might let the water boil out of the kettle, or the tea steep too long, or the toast burn in the pan. Inconvenience, for sure, but nothing much more than that. Continue reading
He has been attending for a while and we have a study set up in his and his wife’s home for later this week. He’s a young man, with a small child. He once came straight from work to a mid-week study in his work clothes—bright orange with reflective stripes—because he had forgotten a change of clothes, but didn’t want to miss the meeting.
This afternoon he called to ask if he could bring a friend, about his age, who also has a small child, who is separating from his wife and very troubled.
Here’s a person outside of Christ, who recognizes that he himself is far from God, bringing another in a similar situation.
If a non-Christian can do this, why can’t a Christian?
The video of a doctor dragged bloodily from a United Airlines flight last Sunday by airport security personnel will long provoke anger, long after the episode is investigated and resolved. The video went viral, and United’s stock has taken a multi-million dollar drop in value.
One writer noted that it wasn’t United personnel responsible for the scene, but an airport security person. Regardless, it happened on a United flight and the company will bear the brunt of the criticism. Continue reading
We must always think that we could be in the gutter, if our upbringing were different, if our choices had been poorer, if our circumstances had been more unfortunate. “There but for the grace of God go I.”
So it is compassion that leads us and compassion that stays us among the lost, hard as it is to witness their perdition. He who seeks to save takes great care not to lose his own soul.
The risk is great; the loss, eternal; the mission, heedless of harm; the benefit, endless joy and perfect peace.
“And you must show mercy to those whose faith is wavering. Rescue others by snatching them from the flames of judgment. Show mercy to still others, but do so with great caution, hating the sins that contaminate their lives” Jude 22-23 NTL.
It’s a deceptively simple visualization, but the story that gets distilled is loud and clear:
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Think of evangelizing these countries, and how much is still needed to do.
This from the Bible Illustrator, on 1 Cor 16.14:
As means towards the attainment of the best ends there is no comparison between these. The latter [logic] may convince the understanding and leave the heart unchanged, but the former [love] will win the heart, and with that gained, the understanding will usually soon succumb.
The difference between them is similar to that between a mallet and the sun in reducing ice to water. The mallet may break the ice into small particles, but each particle will remain ice still, while the sun’s heat falling upon the ice will melt it into a fluid, and so impregnate the fluid with its warmth that while that warmth is continued the water cannot assume again its icy condition.
So in changing opinions and reforming habits. Arguments will be of little avail without a loving disposition behind them. The opinions, after all cold pure arguments, will remain generally unchanged, or probably assume another false complexion, and the habits, if broken up for a little, will soon resume their wonted round.
But if love prevails, the eyes looking it, the face beaming it, the words expressing it, the whole demeanour demonstrating it, the citadel of opinion will melt before the loving assault, and the heart will become ablaze with the sacred glow.
Love and logic should at least go hand in hand in seeking the regeneration of the world.
God expects us as Christians to take risks while doing His work. I would suggest the same is true at the level of the local congregation. I’m talking about the risk of failure. How ambitious are we in the plans we have to do work for God? Do we trust that things will be okay even if we try hard and mess up? This, I think, is a part of faith that requires maturity — the faith that God will stick with us even if we don’t succeed by our standards.
via The Christian, the Church, and Risk – Restore Our Faith