Known By Their Fruit

October 21, 2014 — 2 Comments

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“I follow Jesus.”

There are a lot of people in the world who would easily say that statement is true of them.

They go to church, read their Bible, try to be a good person and stay away from anything on the “big sins” list. They denounce the hypocritical and judgmental version of religion for a more loving God. They adamantly admit that Jesus is the top priority in their lives. They give to the poor, call out intolerant people, and pride themselves on loving people to the point of never making them feel uncomfortable.

Surely, they follow Jesus.

Or do they?

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The Intolerant Bigot

October 19, 2014 — 4 Comments

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Lately it seems as though a lot of hate has been stirred up against those of us who truly follow after Jesus — everything from being called retards (which is extremely offensive to use such a word) all the way to mass beheadings, simply because of what, or rather Who, we follow.

Among this list of hate is one of my favorite labels for Christians*:

The intolerant bigot.

I laugh whenever someone uses this label to describe a follower of Christ. As a former English major and a current lover of words, I have found that when people pull out the intolerant or bigot card to write off an entire religious group, more often than not, they aren’t even using the words correctly.

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Look Up

October 12, 2014 — 4 Comments

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Since the first smart phone came on the scene a few years ago, many of us have suffered from a serious, life altering condition.

We can’t put the phone down.

I can’t begin to recount the number of times I’ve had students over to my house for mentoring, a meal, or just for fun, and have had to compete with their glowing devices.

I’ve been guilty of giving into the metallic and glowing siren’s call.

It’s easy to get caught up in the apps and games and constant checking of Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, YouTube, Vine, and the like. They call our names, tug at our minds, and we obey.

But our constant checking of these wondrous mobile devices are hurting us.

Big time.

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Too Darn Busy

October 7, 2014 — 6 Comments

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I’m a busy person.

I work a full time job.
Help run an international ministry.
Design and market businesses in my spare time.
Mentor youth and college ministry leaders.
Spend time with friends.
Cook, clean, buy groceries, do laundry.

The list goes on and on.

Chances are, you’re pretty busy, too.

It just seems to be the way life is going. Gone are the days of having spare time on your hands. The days of hobbies, lounging around, and being still.

Everyone, everywhere, is just busy.

If we’re honest with ourselves, most of us just like being busy.
I know I do.

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Making Time

October 5, 2014 — 4 Comments

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I just don’t have time to read my Bible right now. I’m just too busy.

It’s something I hear quite a bit when talking to college students about their time with God. Heck, it’s something a lot of Christians in general say when it comes to their daily time with God.

I’ve been guilty of playing the “I’m too busy” card from time to time as well.

I mean, God doesn’t really seem to mind. We skip a day or two of quality time with Him and not much happens.

We don’t see Christians breaking out in boils.
No one is dropping dead.
Fires don’t spontaneous burst out in our homes.

There doesn’t seem to be a huge consequence to passing over time with God today to get that paper assignment done, or rush the kids to the number of activities they’re involved in.

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