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The Serpent and The Savior

Maybe someone can make sense of this.  I had three different scripture verses open today and as I clicked through them I found that, in an odd way, they were related:

Psalm 39:I said to myself, “I will watch what I do
    and not sin in what I say.
I will hold my tongue
    when the ungodly are around me.”
But as I stood there in silence—
    not even speaking of good things—
    the turmoil within me grew worse.
The more I thought about it,
    the hotter I got,
    igniting a fire of words:
“Lord, remind me how brief my time on earth will be.
Remind me that my days are numbered—
how fleeting my life is.
You have made my life no longer than the width of my hand.
My entire lifetime is just a moment to you;
at best, each of us is but a breath.”

Ephesians 4: 14 Then we will no longer be immature like children. We won’t be tossed and blown about by every wind of new teaching. We will not be influenced when people try to trick us with lies so clever they sound like the truth. 15 Instead, we will speak the truth in love, growing in every way more and more like Christ, who is the head of his body, the church.

Romans 3: 12 All have turned away;
all have become useless.
No one does good,
not a single one.”[d]
13 “Their talk is foul, like the stench from an open grave.
    Their tongues are filled with lies.”
“Snake venom drips from their lips.”

So, why did these strike me as related?  Am I the one speaking too much, or not speaking enough?  Is my talk, “foul, like the stench from an open grave”, or am I speaking the truth in love?

Am I both? Continue reading The Serpent and The Savior

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How to Piss Off a Christian in 372 Words Or Less

My wife told me I needed to write a more “upbeat” post because my last couple have been “too dark and introspective.”  And, I had every intention of doing so  (especially because today is her birthday!) . . .

I really did.

Until I read a post from a fellow Christian blogger that include this little nugget of joviality:

The child of God is the one who has placed his full faith and confidence in Jesus alone.  Without that he is “unsaved” and a child of Satan.

We struggle with this truth because of what it means about some of our acquaintances, friends, and family members.  “But,” you object, “the unsaved person next to me on the ride is so nice.  He can’t be filled with the devil” (Ephesians 2:1-3).

Consider the “nice” unsaved person you’re thinking of.   Besides being under the total control and influence of the devil, he is not righteous … does not understand spiritual truth … does not seek after God … has willfully turned away from God … is unprofitable … does nothing good … has a mouth which is an open grave filled with deceit and poison … cursing and bitterness … his feet are swift to destroy others … destruction and misery are his way …. he has zero peace … and absolutely no respect for God  (Romans 3:10-18).  Yeah, I agree, that unsaved person is really “nice.”

*sigh*

Is it just me?  This really pissed me off; and I’m not even 100% sure why.

Why is it I get so up in arms when fellow brothers in Christ lift passages of scripture, twisting them juuuuust enough to make a point? A point, I might venture, that was never intended by the original writer (i.e. GOD).    Continue reading How to Piss Off a Christian in 372 Words Or Less

Does God Send People to Hell?

I’ve been having some great dialog lately, both personally and on-line, with people from all over the country, believers and non-believers alike.  I’ve appreciated each and every opportunity and as I told one such person, “Throughout our exchanges you’ve given me a lot of great ideas, and sent me into a lot of research and soul-searching (for lack of a better term) about my beliefs and faith.”

At one point, I flat out asked someone who I guess you would call highly skeptical, even atheistic, what it was about Jesus’ teachings that is the sticking point?  I mean, pretty much every person far from God, even those who claim not to believe in Him, say, “I’m a good person. I try to be fair, be honest.  I’m good to those around me. I try not to hurt anybody and leave the world a better place than when I came into it.  And that’s good enough for me.”  Well, you’ve just described a majority of Christ’s teachings . . . what’s the hang-up?

Here’s a consensus of the answers I received:

“If there is one thing about Jesus’ teachings that turns people off, I’d have to say it’s Hell.  You don’t really find Hell in the OT — Jesus is the first to bring that on the scene …”

Along with:

“…and in the NT, he supposedly sends non-believers to an eternal torture chamber.”

These are excellent points, and I’ve written what I personally think about hell (“On Hell”) in my “A Little More Thought” area, but I’ll take these one at a time and expand a little bit here. Continue reading Does God Send People to Hell?

A New Page {Getting By With a Little Help From Your Friends}

I’ve got a new page on Spiritual Drift.  This is a page dedicated to anyone wanting or needing prayer for the current circumstances in their lives AND/OR a place to come and be a prayer warrior for someone else. {Special thanks to Susie @ SPTP2011 for the initial idea!}

We all know there are times in life when you need blessing just as there are times in life you’ve been abundantly blessed.  Here’s your chance to ask.  Here’s your chance to pass it on.

Share only as much as you’re comfortable with.  Or, just say, “Hey, I need some prayers!”

After all, isn’t that what we’re here for?

What good is being a Christ follower if we don’t actually follow Christ??

If you’re in need, ask.

If you’re in abundance, give. {Even a simple “praying” will do . . . as long as you actually do it 🙂 }

Please, take a moment to lighten your burden.  Take a moment to help those in need!

Here’s the link: Prayer Requests