Fourth of July is here again, and we take a day to celebrate our nation’s birth. As I consider our Nation’s ‘Independence’, I find myself focused on our individual struggles for independence. My pastor ministered this Sunday about community in our churches, and about reconnecting. But in America, we don’t want to reconnect; we want to be self-sufficient. We do not want to ‘need’ anyone. When we are young, we want to be older so we can do things for ourselves, and when we grow old, we do not want to be a ‘burden’ on anyone. We want to be independent. It has been said that no man is an island, but if we could find a way, we would change that in America… Continue reading “Celebrating Our Independence…”
Well, for those of you who don’t know, I’m a member of a free online Bible reading club found at http://godfidence.org/bible. We read seven chapters a day and I wanted to invite you to join us. If you are like me, you said at the beginning of year that you wanted to read your Bible more, but somewhere around February you stopped, right? Here is your chance to jump back on board! Continue reading “Reading the Bible…”
20But who are you, O man, to talk back to God? “Shall what is formed say to him who formed it, ‘Why did you make me like this?’ ” 21 Does not the potter have the right to make out of the same lump of clay some pottery for noble purposes and some for common use?
Satan is the accuser of the brethren (Rev 12:10). When we speak against our fellow Christians, we become evangelists for Satan. This concept is easily understood by the Church when applied as a deterrent for gossip or other externally directed accusations. Interestingly, we seldom if ever consider the implications when we are accusing ourselves. Most likely, I suppose, this is due to the fact that we know already or at least we seem to think we know, whether or not our accusations have merit, and therefore become not only our accuser and also our own judge.
Continue reading “Who are you to judge… yourself?”