March 26, 2015
At your school, work, the hair salon or gym, do people know you’re a Christian? Do your words,
actions and reactions show Christ to those you come in contact with? My hope & prayer is that
The best compliment I ever got from someone when I told them that I was a Christian was, “I
thought you were!” I remember this because I had done something in my actions that showed
them Christ. That should always be our goal. My worst fear would be to tell someone that I am a
Christian and their response was, “YOU ARE?” or “You don’t act like one!” This would mean
that my words, actions and reactions have not been showing them Christ in my life.
In our lives, we will sin and fail to show those around us Christ. Hopefully, as Christians, we are
strong enough to say, “My actions were not Christ like and I have asked God for forgiveness. I
ask you to forgive me too.” The impact this has on those around you, even when you fail, will
As we mature in Christ, it should be evident in our lives to the point that anyone we meet would
say, “This person has to be a Christian.”
March 26, 2015
Jonathan Storment preaches for the Highland Church of Christ in
Abilene, Texas. In his blog, he tells of a question Andy Stanley poses
in his book, Deep and Wide: “Is the church for members or nonmembers?”
Isn’t that a thought-provoking question. Have you thought
about that? Has anyone asked you that? How would you answer that?
be internally focused. In other words, a church may exist for its own
comfort and pleasure. Its worship, its style and content of preaching
and teaching, its culture, its interior decoration, and its programs are
geared toward existing (or dead!) members. If anyone wants to become
part of such a church, they must accept what is. Could that be true?
In contrast, Stanley believes that the church is for the people who do
not belong to it! Could that be true?
Jesus taught that His followers.......
March 26, 2015
The Looking Glass of Nature
“The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of men who
suppress the truth by their wickedness, since what may be known about God is plain to them, because
God has made it plain to them. For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities…. his eternal
power and divine nature…. have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that
men are without excuse.” Romans 1:18-20
Recently, I had a meaningful discussion with a young man. He is a good man, good husband and exceptional
father. He was telling me about taking his son to see the ducks. I was touched by his insight into the
joy of sharing and observing with his young son, the nurturing, caring “instinct” of a Mama duck leading her
five babies. His next statement however gave me pause; he indicated to me how vital it was that we preserve
this phenomenon of “nature” for his son and future grandchildren. He felt strongly enough to donate
his money to an organization that preserves this habitat for the ducks.
I have no concerns with conserving the creation we have been blessed with; yet I was saddened to realize
that there was never any mention to his Son of God’s hand in bestowing this moment of joy.
We are designed or internally wired by God. He set within us, a desire to seek out the wonders of His creation!
It was God’s intention that we ....