The Mystery of the Log

“Hypocrite! First get rid of the log in your own eye; then you will see well enough to deal with the speck in your friend’s eye.” – Matthew 7:5; NLT

Ah, the log. That unforgiving piece of wood that sticks out of your eye.

That sucker hurts, doesn’t it?

That log blocks your vision. That log keeps you from helping.

That log is the most inconvenient thing in your life.

And we have all missed the mystery of it.

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The Struggle to Love

As I turn from my sins and turn closer to God, I see just how evil I truly am. I slowly see the darkness of my own heart and how much I suck at what once seemed simple.

Like love.

I don’t mean the love I show for God or even my wife and daughter.

It is my love for my fellow man and those I spend my time with.

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Running til You Can’t Run Anymore

So, believe it or not, I have been running. Running as far and as fast as I can.

No, I haven’t been running physically. That hurts my shins. A lot.

The kind of running I have been doing has been spiritual. And let me tell you something:

It hurts more than physical running does.

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Some Post-Easter Thoughts

It is typical among members of the Church, the American Church specifically, to slide back into their old habits immediately after Sunday.

It is this dark, slippery slope that we all kind of joke about but never fully acknowledge.

It is a path that, if we don’t keep an eye out, will destroy us.

And the death-toll is already rising.

The sad part is, it happens no matter what the previous Sunday featured.

Easter is no exception.

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He Is Risen!

Indeed, in the midst of all of this turmoil with our world, the economy, the nation and the fears of all the talk of war and other dangers, there is a Savior.

There is One, Who, by the power of God, conquered death and has ended the enemy’s reign here on earth.

While he has limited power, it is nothing compared to the power that the Christ, the Son of the Living God, exhibits.

Place your faith in Him, for He can save you from the wrath of God, because He has faced that wrath for you.

He is risen! This means so much more than just eternal salvation.

Trust Him.

He is risen!

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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