An Analysis of Temptation
Today you will be tempted. I will, too. If we choose that which is forbidden, the repercussions of our decisions can range from “no big deal” to “long-term destruction.” Where is the line? What, exactly, makes something a sin? Clearly, cheating on my diet is not the same thing as cheating on my taxes or cheating on my wife. How then should I view temptation, and, more importantly, how can I overcome it when I face it? A deeply significant account of temptation is told of Jesus Himself, who, after fasting for 40… Read More
Jesus Makes the Difference
For 38 years he was unable to walk. As a last resort, desperate for a miracle, he arranged to be taken to the Pool of Bethesda, where it was believed that angels occasionally stirred the waters, bring healing to the infirmed. But it never happened for him. Waiting can be wearisome. Our high hopes can be eroded by daily disappointments. But then the man came face to face with Jesus, who looked at the man with compassion and said, “Get up.” Inherent in the command was the capacity. His miracle had come,… Read More
The University of Texas invited Admiral William McRaven to speak to the graduates at the 2014 commencement ceremony. Expectations were high that the decorated military officer would inspire the graduates. Surprisingly, his nearly twenty minute speech could be summarized in three words: “make your bed.” He said, “If you want to change the world, start off by making your bed.” He profoundly asserted that changing the world begins with daily disciplines. The speech and subsequent YouTube video went viral, and, while it is yet to be seen if bedmakers will, in fact,… Read More
Exercise Your Faith!
Her husband had died, leaving her mourning, raising two sons, and deeply in debt. In that day her sons could be taken away as salves to pay back the debt of their father. She had come to the end of both her resources and her hope. A prophet named Elisha gave her what seemed to be strange instructions, but a closer look reveals why it was such good advice. He said: “Go outside, borrow vessels from all your neighbors, empty vessels and not too few.” 2 Kings 4:3 ESV In essence, the… Read More
Do You Have Enough Faith to Rest?
I often find myself over-working, over-thinking, and over-doing life. For any of us who put our hearts into our lives, we can end up carrying stress to the point that it affects our ability to rest. Resting is not merely the physical act of reclining or sleeping. No – there are many times I have been in a physical posture of rest while not being at rest. Resting is not a position of your body, but a posture of your soul. Is your mind at rest? Is your will (your decision making… Read More