Category Archives: Devotion

Aaaaahhhhh!!!

roller coasterFaith in a Savior can be hard, unpredictable and scary. It’s often out of our control—and meant to be that way. But you know what else is? A roller coaster! And don’t most people get off a roller coaster feeling more jazzed, adrenalized, and energized than when they first got on?

And, isn’t that the point?

Our faith isn’t meant to be safe! We were never meant to be in control! Jesus was, and is, anything but safe and predictable, especially for those who feel comfortable and in control of their religion.

Christians Need to Get to the Point….

Christians need to get to the point where we’re okay with simply being more intentional with putting out there the understanding of our own faith, our personal experiences, and with the pursuit of intentional relationships.

This is a vulnerable place to be. It’s scary. It’s intimidating. The ugly truth may be revealed that “they” may not like us, whoever “they” may be, if our views do not line up in lock step, if our beliefs and understandings happen to differ, or if we befriend, defend, or seek out, the wrong people. This is what the American attitude does. This is who the worldly ethos is.

But, ultimately, this is who God IS: He is personal; He is relational; and He is, at times, wholly unexplainable apart from experience.

Which, when you think about it, is truly what makes Him a God worth worshiping, don’t you think?

How Do You Choose to “See” Sin?

photo courtesy lizcurtishiggs.com
photo courtesy lizcurtishiggs.com

I got into a discussion the other day where the conversation moved into whether or not there was a hierarchy to the sins that man commits. Of course, a few people brought out the well-worn, “well, sin is sin because the bible says that we are all sinners and fall short of the glory of God.”

Which is true.

But then someone else brought up, “of course there’s a difference in sins. The Old Testament also brings up how some offenses are punishable by banishment, some by stoning, and so on.”

Which is also true.

Now what do you do?

What do you think? Is there a difference in sins? And, from whose perspective are we looking? From whose perspective should we be looking? Continue reading How Do You Choose to “See” Sin?

I’m Curious: Sin = Loving God ?

photo courtesy Stanford.edu
photo courtesy Stanford.edu

 

My curiosity was piqued the other day as I was reading a morning devotional. The text was from Genesis chapter 6 on the story of Noah, and the commentary included the following statement:

Saying that Noah was “righteous” and “blameless” does not mean that he never sinned. Rather, it means that Noah wholeheartedly loved and obeyed God.

 I’m curious; how does one reconcile sin to wholeheartedly loving and obeying God?

I have some thoughts and ideas. But I would like some feedback from others before I wade in on the discussion.

(Also, this “I’m Curious”-type of post is something I would like to do more often, especially if I get any type of good feedback or discussion going on some of these topics.)

NEVER be afraid to question!