Posts from May 2018

Posts from May 2018

WAITING ON GOD

When I graduated from Harding University with my bachelor’s degree in Bible and Religion back in 2003, I naively assumed that ministry positions would come to me. However, that was not the case. For nine months I lived with my parents, worked at a paint store, and attended graduate school because I had nothing else to do. During that time, I kept wondering when God was going to utilize me. I thought to myself, “God I have given you my…

Forgiving One Another

“And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you.” (Ephesians 4:32). These inspired words of Paul come in the midst of a series of exhortations regarding how Christians should conduct themselves in this world. Having earlier spoken of the unity that Christians enjoy in the Lord (Ephesians 4:1-16), Paul opened this section on Christian behavior with the word, “therefore” (Ephesians 4:17) and he did so for the purpose of drawing a contrast…

THE FRAMING DEPARTMENT – PART FOUR

Over the past several weeks, we have been exploring the concept of how we “frame” our lives. In other words, what are the primary motivations that drive our thoughts, words, actions, and decisions? So far, we have looked at the frames of “Self-Righteousness,” “Guilt,” and “Fear,” and we have seen that these are poor choices, both practically and biblically. If we have chosen any of these frames for our lives, we will find them to be disappointing, frustrating, and disconnected…

LIKE-MINDED TOWARD ONE ANOTHER

Throughout the New Testament, the phrase “one another” appears over ninety times and is associated with over thirty-five different verbs, which identify activities in which Christians are to be engaged as part of the body of believers. Implicit in these “one another” passages is the expectation of community. Over the past few weeks, we have been investigating some of these “one another” instructions in an effort to identify our responsibilities to one another as brothers and sisters in Christ.  As…

The Framing Department – Part Three

We have spent the past two weeks taking a look at some of the “frames” that surround our thoughts, words, and actions. We are basically talking about the motivations and expectations that serve as our primary approach towards life. So far, we have discussed “The Frame of Self-Righteousness” and “The Frame of Guilt,” and we have seen that neither of these frames is effective, much less biblical. This week, we will take a look at another common “frame” that many…

GREET ONE ANOTHER

Throughout the New Testament, the phrase “one another” appears over ninety times and is associated with over thirty-five different verbs, which identify activities in which Christians are to be engaged as part of the body of believers. Implicit in these “one another” passages is the expectation of community. Over the past few weeks, we have been investigating some of these “one another” instructions in an effort to identify our responsibilities to one another as brothers and sisters in Christ.  As…