A Few Randomly Ordered Thoughts

I like my sense of humor even if other people don’t get it. As we were getting ready to leave the other day a song from one of my daughter’s CDs was playing that she didn’t like, so while pointing to the radio she asked where the skipper was. I replied, “He’s on the boat.” Like most adults, she didn’t laugh at my joke.

For every physical sense (of the major 5) that we have there is spiritual one that correlates:

  • Touch – 1 Timothy 4:1-2
  • Sight – John 9:25
  • Hearing – John 8:43, 47
  • Taste – 1 Peter 2:2-3
  • Smell – Philippians 4:18

Do you sense a disturbance in the force? I saw a Campbell’s soup commercial the other day where a “father” was using the famous “Darth” voice to tell his “son” that he was his father. Then another man’s voice his heard saying that he was the boy’s “father”. Chicken Noodle may be good for the soul, but Campbell’s moral message is a poisonous one for children, our culture and one’s relationship with the Father of spirits.

Spiritual growth is essential. One cannot expect to properly grow strong without growing up. Hebrews 5:13-14 says, “For everyone who partakes only of milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, for he is a babe. But solid food belongs to those who are of full age, that is, those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.” We can all experience spiritual setbacks from time-to-time, but maturity is seen in one’s ability to identify the wrong in his or her life without a brother or sister in Christ having to constantly remind or even rebuke us about it. So when it comes to study and application, are we always depending upon someone else to feed us, or are we able to set our own table?

Maybe these thoughts weren’t so random after all (although the order still applies)…every paragraph has at least one word theme in common. Trust me, it didn’t happen on purpose. Well maybe the last paragraph would be an exception. Because even a little randomness ends up making sense every now and then.

#homosexual-agenda, #random-thoughts, #sense-of-humor, #spiritual-correlations, #spiritual-maturity

Personal Insights from the Preacher

Here’s my article from yesterday’s bulletin. I thought some of you preachers might appreciate it:

Personal Insights from the Preacher

One of the hardest things about the preacher’s “job” is the personal side of it. It’s a job where we have to personally get personal without getting personal. We are expected to meet the expectations that say we are to get personally involved in the lives of people while still meeting the expectations of avoiding the personal areas where we’re not wanted. We are expected to preach sermons that have practical and personal applications yet we are expected to not personally step on any toes. On top of those personal problems, we have our own personal problems to deal with…and you’d know that if you personally knew any preachers! It’s not my job to know the details about your life, but your life is in the details of my job. And I do my best to avoiding preaching about certain topics when I know that a person knows that I know about them personally, but everyone else doesn’t personally know this. My point in saying all of this is not to rant; not even close! My point is to remind you that sermons that sound personal are not always personally directed toward you. So I’d love to get to know you personally, but remember that means I’ll have to get personal if I do.

P.S. This isn’t personally directed at anyone 🙂

Sound like a personal sentiment to anyone else?

 

#church-bulletin-articles, #personal, #personal-insights, #preachers, #preaching, #sense-of-humor

Order in the…In-box?

Does the command “Let all things be done decently and in order” (1 Corinthians 14:40) apply to our email in-boxes?

I won’t even ask about the preacher’s desk!

A merry heart does good, like medicine,…” (Proverbs 17:22)

#humor, #organization, #sense-of-humor

Nudge: What kind of sense of humor do you have?

Sense of humorMaybe the first question should be, do you have a sense of humor? Then, if yes, what kind of a sense of humor do you have?

There are good and bad styles of humor, says PsychToday. But we’re thinking more in terms of types, like dry or slapstick.

Is there any correlation between humor and spirituality? Hmm.

#nudge, #sense-of-humor