Solar glasses and souls

I marvel that you are turning away so soon from Him who called you in the grace of Christ, to a different gospel, which is not another; but there are some who trouble you and want to pervert the gospel of Christ. But even if we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel to you than what we have preached to you, let him be accursed. As we have said before, so now I say again, if anyone preaches any other gospel to you than what you have received, let him be accursed.” (Galatians 1:6-9 NKJV)

Unfortunately, not a few in the religious world are under the impression that all people who claim to speak for God are actually speaking the truth of God. Furthermore, there are some who refuse to believe that some individuals intentionally pervert the truth of the gospel. Truth be told, as it is seen in the above scripture reference, claiming to speak for God does not equate to speaking the truth of God; nor do all individuals care about the people they teach any more than the doctrine they use as food. And I can prove it with a simple analogy!

Have you heard about the eclipse thing that will happen on Monday, August 21st? The news has been talking about it the last two months! And you know what else the news has been talking about for the last two months? Insufficient, fraudulent and dangerous solar glasses that have been sold under the guise of proper, authentic and safe ways of watching the eclipse.

There are people selling solar glasses, fully aware of their product’s short-comings, willing to sacrifice the eye-sight of people for as little as two dollars! And if people are willing to do that with someone’s physical eye-sight, why should it be a surprise if some are willing to so the same thing spiritually speaking (2 Peter 2:1-3, 18-22)?

If you’re going to watch the solar eclipse, be safe and test the solar glasses you’re going to use. And if you’re going to listen to someone teach about God’s word, be safe and test what they teach with God’s word.

Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world.”  (1 John 4:1 NKJV)

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Secular tip that has a spiritual use – end goal, not entertainment

To understand where I’m coming from with this tip, if you haven’t read the first post, you’ll need to check this out first.

Tip #3 is as useful as it is straightforward. Continue reading

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Secular tip that has a spiritual use – remember your audience

As I mentioned in my last post about problem solving, getting to sit in on a work-related class gave me to do something I enjoy doing – finding spiritual uses in secular tips. The willingness to hone this skill allows preachers to pass along spiritual knowledge by giving illustrations that use the knowledge people already have about various secular things in life. Such is the reason why Jesus’ parables still stick to this day! Remember how to talk to your audience, and they may be better able to remember what we say.

With that being said, tip #2 is: Continue reading

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Secular tip that has a spiritual use – problem solving

I spent the last couple of days in Knoxville on a work-related trip. The trip was useful. I got to listen to several good speakers talking about things that can, could or do affect my day-job.

One speaker discussed the topic, “Best Practice for User Experience.” The topic revolved around tips to keep in mind when creating something that will be used by others. Some of the tips had a great correlating spiritual point that can and should be used by preachers – although a couple of the points aren’t as promising. Not saying the point isn’t true (because it is)…just saying the point needs to be kept in mind due to its poor, but honest, reflection of many listener’s mindsets. Over the next the few days I’m going to share the tips I believe are worth noting.

Tip #1: Continue reading

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Bird’s eye point of view

A bird’s-eye point of view can be pretty amazing. It all depends upon the bird.

A bird’s-eye point of view can belong to a soaring eagle, or the flightless ostrich. The ostrich may have a point of view from seven-foot up, but it’s not worth comparing to the eagle’s point of view. Continue reading

#perspective, #spiritual-illustrations

Here’s why you train up a child

Here’s a simple example of why it’s so important to repetitively teach young minds about God’s word: Continue reading

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Whose fault was it?

A particular city on America’s west coast has reportedly lost the “holy grail” for earthquake scientists due to…city maintenance.

The “holy grail” was actually a monitored section of an unaligned sidewalk created by a shifting fault-line.

In the eyes of the local scientific community this section of concrete was priceless. In the eyes of the local streets department this section of concrete was a public safety hazard. Neither party was aware of the other’s point-of-view. Hence, thanks to a little construction, the concrete “holy grail” was turned into a common sidewalk.

The scientific community is “mourning” its loss while the city is saying its workers did what its workers were supposed to do.

So whose fault was it? Besides the one underground I mean.

Maybe this quote from the city’s assistant manager will help shed some light. She said, ““We probably would have looked at it differently, or we would have tried to help them document it,” … if scientists want to share information with the city about sites used to monitor seismic activity, “we’d be happy to talk with them” to see whether there’s a way to alert city crews about their geologic significance.”

I have no doubt that the site under consideration was valued by the scientific community, but they failed to speak of its importance to right people. I mean, what’s a maintenance crew to do – read minds?

Here’s the spiritual application: When it comes to evangelism, or going to our brother or sister in Christ due to an offense, or speaking to a loved-one before it’s too late, or giving a good word of encouragement, or whatever else may only be known to our own mind, if we want others to be aware of how important the issue is to us, then we need to speak up. It really is as simple as that.

I will sing of the mercies of the Lord forever; with my mouth will I make known Your faithfulness to all generations.” (Psalm 89:1)

#important-things, #spiritual-illustrations