Posts by Kyle Rye

Posts by Kyle Rye

Priceless

A few years ago I was in Tallahassee for a speaking engagement, and, while there, I was invited on a canoeing trip down the Wacissa River with a local youth group. The Wacissa is formed by several underground springs and is known for its crystal clear water. In fact, it is a popular location for scuba diving enthusiasts because of one’s ability to explore underwater caves without the impediment of murky water. On this particular occasion, my group traveled down…

BE A BARNABAS

William Arthur Ward once wrote, “Flatter me, and I may not believe you. Criticize me, and I may not like you. Ignore me, and I may not forgive you. Encourage me, and I will not forget you.” I believe that sentiment embodies the example of a man named Joseph who was integral to the growth of the church during its infancy. In Acts 4:36 we are introduced to Joseph. We tend not to remember him for his surname but for…
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RESTOLOGY

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention posted an article on their website entitled, “Insufficient Sleep is a Public Health Epidemic,” which documented research from the past decade on sleep-related behaviors.[1]According to their research, thirty percent of adults report getting an average of less than or equal to six hours of sleep per night when they actually need at least seven to nine hours of sleep per night. In other words, many people fail to get the rest they need…
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YOU MIGHT BE A HYPOCRITE IF…

The term “hypocrite” originally referred to an actor who pretended to be something he was not. In its original context, the word “hypocrite” was not a derogatory title; however, it evolved over time so that it came to be associated with dishonesty, a lack of genuineness, and contradictory behavior. It is this latter understanding of hypocrisy that the Bible utilizes. As Christians, we are consistently instructed to eliminate hypocrisy. We are called to “love…without hypocrisy” (Romans 12:9), we are called…
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A GENTLE ATTITUDE

In aeronautic terminology, “attitude” refers to the angle of an aircraft in regard to a reference point such as the horizon. It encompasses the yaw (i.e. the left-to-right movement of an aircraft in relation to its vertical axis), pitch (i.e. the up or down tilt of the aircraft’s nose in relation to its side-to-side axis), and roll (i.e. the rotation of the wings around its front-to-back axis)) of the aircraft. In simplistic terms, a plane’s attitude refers to its overall…
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THE GREAT COMMISSION: TEACH

Over the past few weeks, we have explored the Great Commission and the different components of it in an effort to obtain a clearer understanding ofJesus’ parting assignment for disciples. Thus far, we have seen that He expects us to “go,” to “proclaim the gospel,” and to “make disciples.” Jesus then indicated that making disciples consists of “baptizing” them and “teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you” (Matthew 28:19-20). What is the difference between Jesus’ “baptizing” instruction…
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THE GREAT COMMISSION: BAPTIZING

This month we have explored the Great Commission to discover what Jesus expects of us when it comes to sharing our faith. Thus far, we have seen that He expects us to “go,” to “proclaim the gospel,” and to “make disciples.” The final two instructions that comprise the whole of the Great Commission are components of the disciple making process. The first of these appears in Matthew 28:19 where, after instructing His followers to “make disciples of all nations,” Jesus…
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THE GREAT COMMISSION: MAKE DISCIPLES

How many things can you make? I am fascinated by the ingenuity and creativity of individuals who make things because there is very little that I can make. I can make breakfast, I can make a joyful noise, and I once made a functional, yet aesthetically unappealing, dog house. But beyond that, I am not a “maker.” I am not an artist. I am not an inventor. I am not a cook. I am not a carpenter. And the list…
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THE GREAT COMMISSION: PROCLAIM

Before Jesus returned to heaven, He left an assignment for His followers. We often refer to it as the Great Commission. This one assignment consists of five distinct commands that are stated in either Matthew 28:19-20, Mark 16:15-16, Luke 24:44-49, or Acts 1:7-8. Over the course of this month, we will examine one of these commands each week so we can obtain a clearer understanding of what Jesus expects us to do in the interim between His ascension and His…
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THE GREAT COMMISSION: GO

Can you remember the last time you were given a “to do” list? Maybe your parents left the house to run some errands, and they gave you a list of chores to complete before they returned. Maybe your teacher or employer presented you with a project to complete by a prescribed deadline. Maybe your wife handed you a “honey do” list that she wanted you to complete before that big event you were scheduled to host in your home. Regardless…

THE BLESSING OF PROPITIATION

Most professions and organizations have their own jargon, which is a fancy word for unique and specialized terms that are accepted and understood within a particular field or group. Through the entertainment industry or personal experience you have likely encountered numerous types of professional jargon. For example, you may hear a lawyer say, “Objection,” and a judge respond, “Overruled.” That is legal jargon. Maybe you’ve heard a medical professional say, “Let’s check your vitals.” He or she is using medical…
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THE BLESSING OF HOPE

There once were two boys who were identical twins with only one difference—one was a hope-filled optimist and the other a hopeless pessimist. Their parents were worried about the extremes of optimism and pessimism in the boys so they took them to see a psychologist. The psychologist suggested a plan that he thought might help. The plan was to acquire two large rooms then fill one room with all the toys a boy could want and the other room with a…