A Hard Pill to Swallow

This is not an easy post for me to write. As a matter of fact, even as I write this, the pill that needs to be swallowed is still lodged in my throat. I honestly have to force myself to swallow this pill, and human nature is what makes this difficult.

Okay, enough beating around the bush with this.

I’ve been struggling with being…self-righteous.

Let me put it this way…I have a problem with coming to terms with the fact that every person is a sinner in the eyes of God.

In other words, I am just as bad as the next guy. No one, no matter their status in this world, no matter gender or their own view of self-importance, is better than anyone else.

Some of us just cover up our faults and problems better than others.

And some of us are better at denying our faults and problems than others.

But one thing that I need to remember, that we all need to remember, is that we are all sinners in the eyes of God. None of us is better than the next.

Without the grace of God, we would all be in more terrible places in our lives than we are in right now.

So, let us all swallow this pill. And live our lives with glory to God and God alone.

Give Til It Hurts?

How many times have you heard that? Or something similar?

“If you want God to bless you, give more than you are capable of giving! Give til it hurts!”

Now, I’m not going to knock the Prosperity Gospel, though I have a laundry list of grievances against it. What I am going to say is that giving til it hurts is not something the Bible advocates.

As a matter of fact, it calls for the exact opposite.

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What is Reclaim the Faith?

Recently, I have been asked the question, “What is Reclaim the Faith?”.

This is a valid question.

And I could write out the mission statement or the list of doctrinal beliefs and even just direct the person to the site to give them a good look at what it is that Reclaim the Faith is attempting to accomplish.

But lately, for me, that hasn’t been sufficient.

Those may be sufficient responses, but I feel like it needs a little bit more.

So, here goes my attempt at giving the answer a bit of a spin.

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The Leper and Jesus

leper

I want to look at one of many of the radical acts Jesus performed during His time here on earth.

It is not radical because it was a miracle. It is not radical because He healed someone.

It is radical because He touched someone.

Not just anyone. Jesus touched an untouchable.

Jesus touched a leper.

For this one, it is all about context.

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Hershey’s Subtle, But Bold, Statement

As the Easter season came and went, there were many changes to the area in which I live, specifically with businesses and the messages that are displayed on their signs. For many of the businesses in my area, Christianity is a common theme.

Many of the owners subscribe to some sort of Christian worldview and proclaim Christ on their LCD boards or the simple block letter boards.

On many of their signs, one would see phrases like “He is Risen!” or “Because He lives” or similar phrases.

It is heartening for me to see this, because in my usual hometown, it is not common for local businesses to make such proclamations on their publicly viewed signs. Usually it is something subtle, like a cross on their wall or a verse or set of verses around their establishment.

However, as Spring and the Easter season approached my area, the town of Hershey, PA made a bold statement with their billboards and even the small flags that hang from their street lights along Main Street in Hershey.

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Scripture Memory Challenge

Memorizing Scripture is a fantastic feat.

We have all done it at some point in our lives.

Whether at Sunday School, Bible classes, study sessions or our own personal devotions, we have all made attempts at memorizing Scripture.

There are memory verse songs, games, activities and techniques to help someone memorize Scripture.

And they are all great resources.

No two people learn the same way, so the more resources out there, the better.

However, there is one flaw with the way we have all learned to memorize Scripture:

Perfect recitation.

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Back With a Passion

Thanks to the many options available through WordPress, I am able to keep the lights on, so to speak, for another year!

God truly is good in leading me to such an affordable platform and WordPress has been a huge blessing for me during this transition.

Some things will change, for example the font that the site has been using, as well as some changes to posts and categories.

It is my hope, with the blessing of God and His help, that this site continues its uphill climb and we are able to keep things running and move on to something bigger.

Please continue to be in prayer for this ministry as it grows and pray for us, that we may be faithful stewards of God’s gifts and His Gospel and that God may grant us boldness to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ whenever opportunities arise.

God bless and keep the faith.

Possible Radio Silence

I realize that it has been quite some time since I last posted anything. Things have been all over the place with a new job, my first child on the way and other issues that have kept me from properly sitting down and writing.

That being said, there is a strong possibility that I may go into an even longer writing drought. Finances are not where they need to be to keep the site up and running for another year, unless I am able to get a cheaper subscription until things get back on track.

I do strongly encourage all of my readers to keep tabs on our Facebook page where I will be doing everything in my power to post regular verses for encouragement and inspiration as well as short, random thoughts designed to keep everyone closer to God.

Please pray for us as we transition into a new year and as God reveals more of His master plan for our lives.

God bless and keep the faith.

The Need of This Hour

The world is in turmoil.

War has been raging in the Middle East under the guise of religious fervor and devotion.

Decades, even centuries, old organizations are falling apart.

Social norms and expectations have been flipped on their heads.

Unqualified leaders are in office and even more unqualified leaders have been nominated for positions for which they have no experience.

To make matters worse, people, including Christians (particularly Christians), are expecting the government and people in power (you know, the ones that are unqualified for their positions) to help fix the problems.

And that is not what needs to be done.

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Spiritual Slavery: Part 1

“Jesus answered them, ‘Truly, truly, I say to you, Everyone practicing sin is a slave of sin'”. – John 8:34; The Interlinear Bible

This statement from Jesus comes in the middle of a discussion between Jesus and some Jews who had recently believed in Jesus as a Messiah. He tells them, quite effectively, that if they continue in Jesus’ teaching, they will know the truth and the truth will set them free (8:31-32). The Jews are incredulous at this claim, stating that they have never been enslaved to anyone (v. 33).

Then comes the punch from Jesus: they are sinners, they practice sin; therefore, they are a slave to sin.

This concept never stuck with me.

Since hearing about and receiving Christ, I understood that I was a sinner saved by grace. I knew the concept of being set free, but I never fully grasped what it meant to “be set free”.

To my mind, the only freedom I experienced was freedom from eternal damnation and separation from God.

Not until very recently did I realize the reality of being a slave to sin and what that really looks like.

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