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GFAL (Good For A Laugh!) How Many of These Are YOU Guilty of Uttering??

Okay, how many of these have come out of your mouth, my fellow Christians? Me??   Umm……nevermind!

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Dude! Why So Negative??!

Gotta luv da Grumpy Cat!
Gotta luv da Grumpy Cat!

I had some very interesting responses to my “I’m Curious” question last Wednesday: “What Does the Term ‘Not Biblical’ Mean To You?” (click here to join the fun)

But one overarching sentiment cast its wide net over most every answer: Negativity.

Diane says, “I’ve most often heard it used to cast doubt upon a course of action or opinion just expressed by another…Bottom line: CONTROL – it introduces generalized doubt, rather than addressing the specific scriptural concern in context with careful consideration of the other’s situation.”

Todd says, “…even the term “scriptural support” gets contentious. I am sometimes amazed at what folks say is or is not Biblical.”

Warrioress chimes in that, “It’s a criticism of whatever one has opined. And usually it’s narrow-minded in its insistence as being more knowledgeable about what the bible says and how to interpret it.”

Criticism. Contention. Casting doubt. Even amongst our fellow believers many Christian viewpoints are seen as controlling, narrow-minded, or adversarial. Why?

Could it be a misguided attempt at teaching? Shepherding? Discipling? Could it simply be a bald-faced attempt at control? Manipulation? A power trip?

Well…yes. And, neither. And, both.

Simple, right? Continue reading Dude! Why So Negative??!

God’s Imperfect Creation

18 And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades (the powers of the infernal region) shall not overpower it [or be strong to its detriment or hold out against it]. (Matthew 16:18, AMP)

“You are Peter,” Jesus says, “and on this rock I will build My church.”

But wait a minute. Isn’t this the same “rock” that, later, denies Jesus? Three times?

Isn’t this the same “rock” that believed in Jesus enough to get out of the boat and walk on water? But then doubted anyway and proceeded to take a storm bath?

Isn’t this the same “rock” that Paul called out as a hypocrite?

11 But when Cephas [Peter] came to Antioch, I opposed him to his face, because he stood condemned. 12 For before certain men came from James, he was eating with the Gentiles; but when they came he drew back and separated himself, fearing the circumcision party. 13 And the rest of the Jews acted hypocritically along with him, so that even Barnabas was led astray by their hypocrisy. (Galatians 2:11-13, ESV)

Denial? Doubt? Hypocrisy? Three things I know I struggle with on a daily basis. How about you?

Though as you read through, did you notice the common theme weaving its way through all three? I didn’t either at first. Yet within each example of Peter’s shortcomings in faith and confidence is one prevalent, underlying premise: Self preservation! Continue reading God’s Imperfect Creation

A Master Mechanic Needs No Help From A Child ~ excerpt from T.E. Hanna/Of Dust & Kings

Work

I had a Hmmm moment with this article from T.E. Hanna over at Of Dust & Kings. Here’s an excerpt I thought was particularly insightful:

A Master Mechanic Needs No Help From A Child

I am often reminded of the metaphor of the master mechanic restoring a classic car in his private garage, and inviting his 5 year old son to help. If we are honest, there is very little that child has to offer to the mechanic in the form of aid. In fact, it is far more likely that the son of the mechanic will mess things up than it is he will prove an asset. He grabs the wrong tools, bangs on the wrong parts, and gets distracted by the idea of playing in the street — which then forces the mechanic to stop everything he is doing in order to chase after him.

Of course, the child’s assistance was never the point. The point was that, through a shared goal and communal mission, the father and son fostered their relationship and grew closer together as a result. In the process, the child learned how to follow his father’s lead, developed skills with tools and a growing knowledge of cars, and was slowly formed into the man his father hoped for him to become.

This is what God does. He invites us into His work, encourages us to dig in and get our hands dirty, and in the process seeks to grow us in our relationship with Him. The reality is, we are not doing God’s work at all; we are participating in the work that God is already doing.

(read the full article here: http://ofdustandkings.com/gods-work-may-missing-point/)