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Time to Polish the Golden Rule

Time to Polish the Golden Rule

“So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.“ Matthew 7:12 How do you want me to treat you? While you consider your response I’ll tell you how I want to be treated. You can start by being… nice to me. I would also like you to be courteous, kind, honest, fair, friendly, warm, and pleasant. When you do act kindly toward me please do it without underlying motives. Please be genuine. Just so you know, occasionally I make mistakes. In those times I would really like […]

How to Respond to Conflict in the Church

How to Respond to Conflict in the Church

So I say, live by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the sinful nature. Galatians 5:16 Inevitably there is and will be conflict in the church. Far too often these conflicts lead to broken relationships, broken hearts, and broken churches. Certainly there are times when a church needs to be shaken because it is not properly serving under the Lordship of Christ. More often, however, the cause of the turmoil is disagreements between people that have little to do with upholding right doctrine and proper ministry. In such times personal self-desires take priority over God’s desires. In […]

Love Test for Christians

Love Test for Christians

“If anyone says, ‘I love God,’ yet hates his brother, he is a liar. For anyone who does not love his brother, whom he has seen, cannot love God, whom he has not seen. And he has given us this command: Whoever loves God must also love his brother.”  1 John 4:20-21 Since our earliest days we have undergone testing for just about everything imaginable. We have undergone academic tests, medical exams, personality profiles, and more. I’ve noticed lately that there are pop culture personality tests that supposedly reveal certain personality traits or tendencies. Among them there is the Barbie Doll test. […]

Christ’s Ambassadors of Reconciliation

Christ's Ambassadors of Reconciliation

…that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting men’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God. 2 Corinthians 5:19-20 Good relationships can turn on a dime. Two people who were once inseparable now want nothing to do with one another. Affinity is replaced by enmity, love turns to hate, and mutual trust has been eradicated. Unfortunately, broken relationships are an all too common reality of life. Unless someone […]

Live a Life of Love, Just as Christ Loved Us

Live a Life of Love, Just as Christ Loved Us

Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children and live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God. Ephesians 5:1-2 My father died when I was eleven years old. A year later, my mother suffered a debilitating stroke that left her unable to care for herself. Soon after, I moved in with my grandparents and they took care of me as their own child. I can only imagine what my life would have been had they not taken me in. Granddaddy was good to me […]

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