HOW DEEP IS YOUR LOVE?

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As we enter that time Christians celebrate as the week of Christ’s Passion where he suffered torture and crucifixion for our sakes, I am reminded of some of the lyrics of the Bee Gees hit song, “How Deep Is Your Love.”

Anyone who knows me knows that I am a music lover, and it amazes me how sometimes the perfect song, whether secular or Christian, pops into my head that perfectly fits the current situation.

One particular lyric in the song says, “you’re my savior when I fall.” Now, of course, the Bee Gees were singing about the love of a woman, but I can think of at least one possible source of inspiration for such words… Need a hint? I didn’t think so.

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KEEPING UP WITH THE JESUS IN US

5 Steps To Keeping Up With The Christ

From social status to consumerism, from materialism to outright hedonism, people, the world over, are still deeply concerned with “keeping up with the Joneses”. And thanks to the ease of access of social media, it has exploded to the almost impossible level of “keeping up with the Kardashians,” “the Kim and Kanyes,” “the Jay-Z and Beyonce’s”.

We are living in a world that is spiraling downward into a chasm called “enough is never enough.” That is simply a place that God never intended for you and I to be.

A James Bond movie bears the title, “The World Is Not Enough”. And that is precisely the mindset that got the world into all of the trouble it is filled with today. Adam and Eve were given everything, but with one little prohibition. The world was not enough for them, and they sinned, thereby starting the spiral.

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3 THINGS YOU MUST DO TO MAKE YOUR NEW YEAR HAPPY AND NEW

Okay, well maybe you have heard it before. But have you truly “heard” it? You see, Jesus even often said, “whoever has ears to hear, let them hear.” What did He mean by that? Was He poking fun at someone in the audience who may have been born with an auditory defect? Last I checked, He didn’t make that statement when Peter hacked off Malchus’ ear either. So what did Jesus mean?

He was speaking of the genuine, willful, obedient, “be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves” type of hearing. So, If you are of the persuasion that feels they have heard this before, but are still spitefully holding on to yesterday (or yesteryear), then I say to you by the authority of Christ’s words that you’ve never heard this before, but here goes… Leave The Past Behind.

Wait! Isn’t that one thing? Well, yes. It is one statement, but it has three important things in it for us to remember:

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Kissing The Little ChristmaSELF Goodbye For A While

3 Simple Ways To Have Your Best Christmas Ever!

The Charles Dickens classic “A Christmas Carol” tells the story of a bitter old miser named Ebenezer Scrooge and his transformation into a gentler, kindlier man after visitations by the ghost of his former business partner Jacob Marley and the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Yet to Come. But did you know that the name Ebenezer comes from the Bible?

It is a perfectly fitting name for the miserly Mr. Scrooge. He not only hated Christmas, but he was also greedy and quite selfish. In the Bible, Ebenezer means “stone of hope”. Scrooge fits the description perfectly as he goes from being a cold-hearted, stone-faced, stingy old grouch, to becoming a hilariously generous giver of money (and holiday hope) to Tiny Tim and the rest of the poor Cratchit family. Scrooge serves as an excellent Christmas object lesson for us all.

Pope John Paul II said, “The great danger for family life, in the midst of any society whose idols are pleasure, comfort and independence, lies in the fact that people close their hearts and become selfish.” Let’s face it folks; we are for the most part very selfish people. I mean look, we are living in the age of the selfie!

And many of us would quickly admit that there is probably no more selfish time of the year than the days that begin on Black Friday and end on December 25th. Yet there is perhaps no better time to say goodbye to a selfish attitude than during the time when people tend to be the most selfish.

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CHRISTmas Lights Are Best At Night

Piercing The Darkness With Christ's Beautiful Light

When do Christmas lights look their best?  When it is darkest outside, right? Like the reason why diamond sellers display their finest stones on a black velvet background, when Christmas lights are burning brightly in the night, the colors pierce the darkness, producing stunning displays that catch the eye and touch the heart.

And you know what? Throughout our lives, there will be times we will experience the darkness of disappointment, relationships gone bad, financial reverse, pain, sickness, and a host of other possible trials. When they come—and they will for everyone, saved or not—what will we do to reflect the glory of God?

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Oh Grow Up! Huh? Which Way Is Up?

Growing Up God's Way In a World of Broken Moral Compasses

Why is it that when Jesus spoke, he so often talked in terms that contradict our ways of thinking? Could it be that his purpose was to overturn our philosophical approach to life? I’d certainly say so. After all, he did say, “I am the life…” Such a definitive statement insinuates that all other ways of life somehow fall short.

In a conversation with a man named Nicodemus, Jesus said that unless we are born-again, we cannot see or enter the kingdom of God. Taken alone, it is reasonable to see how Nicodemus would ask, “Can a person return to their mother’s womb and be born-again?” I mean, how ridiculous, right? Yet, we know that Jesus was speaking of spiritual regeneration as a result of genuine faith in him.

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OEM #18: Our Imagine-Nation

Recovering From the Blindness of Media Bias

Imagination is very powerful and sometimes dangerous. Someone even said its almost God-like because all that humanity creates originates with it. Every tangible thing available to us today was first a vision in someone’s mind.

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Mainstream media have become masters of building ideas (albeit false ones) and packaging them for mass consumption. Its no wonder many are miserably at a loss at the results of Trump’s election.

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WHO’S SIDE IS GOD ON IN THIS ELECTION?

The Best Position to Take in This Political Mess of an Election

This will probably be one of the shortest blog posts I’ll ever write. But sometimes you need to just get right to the point. Who’s side is GOD on in this election?

Is He on the side of the Christians who are voting for Trump? Is He on the side of the Christians who are voting for Hillary? Is He on the side of the Christians voting for one of the independent parties? Or is He on the side of the Christians who are either writing in candidates or who are not going to vote at all?

The answer is YES!

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OEM #16: An Audience Of ONE

Your Stellar Performance in Christ

There is the story of a concert pianist who performed before thousands. At the completion of every song, the audience would erupt with cheers. Yet, strangely enough, as the evening progressed, he seemed to become a little sadder.

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When he reached his grand finale, he played his heart out. In fact he played so well that the audience couldn’t contain its applause until the end. Yet when he was finished, he hung his head in sorrow and left the stage.

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GOD’S PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: REVISITED

Getting Ready To Receive God's President

I first blogged on the issue back in February when the Iowa Caucuses kicked-off this absolutely crazy presidential election cycle. I explained how I knew who was going to win the election, and why. Today, with less than a month left til election day, I want to further discuss some of the things I first approached. You can read the original post HERE.

In the first article, I said that “politics will destroy politeness”. I don’t think that I need to say much more about that.

On second thought, I’ll just say that if politeness were gloves, I’d have to say that not only are they off, but the major party candidates have also used them to slap each other’s faces and throw them down like gauntlets. The candidates’ dirty dukes are up and the bout has gone from boxing to an all-out street fight! I hope I’m not sounding impolite…

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THIRTY-THREE YEARS A SLAVE…

Remembering The Race That Ultimately Matters

I once had a rather uncomfortable conversation with a man who really despises all religion but especially Christianity. At one point in our gemini 2 discussion, my antagonist made the false accusation that, “Your God condones slavery!” I couldn’t help but make it clear to him that if God condoned slavery, He would not have boldly declared that whoever He sets free is free indeed (John 8:36). He certainly would not have come to earth in the form of a man in order to die to set captives free (Luke 4:18).

Nevertheless, he confidently directed my attention to the Bible and 1 Peter 2:18-20, which says…

You who are slaves must submit to your masters with all respect. Do what they tell you—not only if they are kind and reasonable, but even if they are cruel. For God is pleased when, conscious of his will, you patiently endure unjust treatment. Of course, you get no credit for being patient if you are beaten for doing wrong. But if you suffer for doing good and endure it patiently, God is pleased with you.

At that point I told him that I must admit, when read without an understanding of the Scriptures, that text would appear to condone slavery. So what was my answer to him? I will use the first point of this writing to explain. Yet I further highlight a very serious conundrum that American Christians need to be vigilant about. There are at least three things surrounding the issue of race and all the talk of protesting America’s alleged ongoing injustices which we need to keep in mind:

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GOD’S PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE

I Know Who's Going To Win And Why

I first posted this back when the Iowa Caucuses kicked off the primary election process. I re-post it as a reminder of a few very important things that Christians need to be mindful of as we venture through this almost circus-like presidential election cycle.

The presidential race officially began this week with the Iowa Caucuses, which is part of the nomination process whereby a political party ultimately chooses the person it will support as candidate for President of the United States. Somebody called it the Iowa Carcasses; which rings with some truth as some of the lower ranked candidates find out that it is useless to continue in the race and lay their campaigns to rest.

Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are tightening their grips on the Democratic and Republican presidential nominations.

And though the caucuses are a pretty good indicator of candidates’ potential to win, they are by no means decisive. The race to the White House is only just beginning to heat up.

Politics Will Destroy Politeness

Yet, even now, Christians are divided up and down the line over the various candidates. And they should be since everyone is different and has varying perspectives about life in these United States. And though such division should be limited to the level of friendly differences of opinion, it continues to take on an ever worsening tone.

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