Posts from February 2018

Posts from February 2018

What Are You Waiting For?

The Bible tells us that he had been lame since birth. This man was “laid daily at the gate of the temple that is called the Beautiful Gate to ask alms of those entering the temple” (Acts 3:2). Can you imagine living in this kind of situation? Can you imagine what it would be like to depend on others just to take you from one place to the other? Can you imagine having to beg for money every single day,…

DON’T BE NEGLIGENT

The term negligent refers to behavior that is “marked by or given to neglect especially habitually or culpably.”[1] In other words, you are considered negligent when your conduct and/or attitude is careless, lazy, or inattentive, and, as a result, threatens the well-being of others. Legally speaking, negligence is the basis for many personal injury lawsuits and can be defined as “the failure to exercise a certain degree of care in order to minimize the risk of injury to another person.”[2] Therefore, one would be…

Judas Was Cool

Over the past week, I have been studying John’s account of the “Last Supper.” John takes up a considerable amount of space within his Gospel regarding this one event; five chapters, to be exact (John 13-17). Through John’s writing, we are given a window into this intimate, important, and meaningful meal that was shared between Jesus and His disciples. There are many lessons that could be learned from this text, but for the purposes of this article, I would like…

WHAT IF JESUS WROTE A LETTER TO US?

For the past several weeks, the Buford Church of Christ has been studying the second and third chapters of Revelation, which record letters that were authored by Jesus and addressed to seven different churches in first century Asia Minor. Since Revelation is apocalyptic literature, it will frequently utilize numbers, colors, and creatures figuratively. The number seven is associated with perfection in apocalyptic literature, and, therefore, some scholars view these seven congregations as representative of all Christian churches throughout time and…

Pride: Four Questions

Last week, we entered into a study on the destructive nature of pride. We saw the dangers and the deceptive nature of this deadly sin, and there can be no mistake that pride is not a trait that a Christian should allow into his or her life.   As a wise man once wrote, “Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall” (Pro. 16:18). The Bible is literally FILLED with warnings concerning pride, arrogance, haughtiness, conceit, boasting,…

How Are You Tracking?

I began 2018 by purchasing a new fitness tracker. I now wear it on my wrist, everywhere I go. Fun fact: I have the wrist of a 12-year old girl. This amazing device keeps up with my heart rate, calories, and steps; it monitors my sleep patterns, tells me the weather, and it keeps up with how many questions my kids ask me while we’re in the minivan. Ok, that last one isn’t true, but it would be cool if…

TRAINING FOR HEAVEN

Today, Friday, February 9, 2018 the 23rd modern Olympic Winter Games began in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Ninety-two nations sent their best athletes to compete for medals in events such as figure skating, alpine skiing, snowboarding, bobsledding, curling, and ice hockey.  As you may already know, the modern Olympic Games began in 1896 but are based on the ancient Olympic games, which were conducted every four years from 776 B.C. to A.D. 393 in Olympia, Greece. While the Olympic Games are the basis…

Pride (In The Name Of…)?

Pride is a big problem. Although the Bible makes this truth abundantly clear, we often live with a significant amount of self-deception in this area of our lives. We notice pride instantly in someone else’s life, but we tend to either overlook it or blatantly justifyit in our own lives. When we allow pride into our lives, it is typically “in the name of” something else, such as “a healthy self confidence,” “standing up for myself,” or some form of a personal “identity” that we…

WHY A GENEALOGY?

Ancestry.com is the largest for-profit genealogical company in the world, referring to itself as “the global leader in family history and consumer genomics.” It boasts access to approximately 20 billion historical records from 80 different countries of origin, has over 2.7 million paying subscribers and more than six million DNA customers. User-generated content tallies to more than 90 million family trees, and subscribers have added more than 330 million photographs, scanned documents, and written stories.[1] Needless to say, what used to…