Category Archives: Faith

Do the Next Right Thing

Somethings things get complicated. It gets hard to make what seems to be the best decision. If you do this, someone gets hurt. If you do something else, someone else might get upset. It can drive you crazy trying to figure out what to do. Missy and I have this saying that we will often tell each other when things get messy – do the next right thing. Whatever you know is right. Do that. It may not be perfect. It may not make everyone happy. But is it the right thing to do? Is it morally acceptable to God? Is it pleasing to God? Would God be honored by this action over that action?

This simplifies things a bit because it cuts through some of the clutter. It cuts past what people are going to think about it. It cuts through how people might react. It gets you over the hump on what might happen next once the decision is made. It focuses on God’s perspective rather than man’s perspective. In doing so, the answer often gets clearer at times when clear is hard to find.

I find this simple tip helpful for hard, big decisions. I also find it especially helpful for small, everyday decisions to just keep myself on track.

What are you wrestling with at the moment? What sort of decisions are stretching your ability to make them? Try doing the next right thing. You may not know where all it will lead but if it is right then you don’t have to worry about what is next. God will take care of that.

Faith

In Hebrew the word is אֵֶמוּנָה and in Greek it is πιστις. We are talking about faith and if you can’t read either of those two words, it doesn’t mean you don’t have faith. You don’t have to be a Hebrew or Greek scholar to have faith. You don’t have to understand all the mysteriesContinue Reading

The Resurrection of Abraham, Sarah and Isaac

God telling Abraham to sacrifice Isaac is a tough story. It brings up a lot of questions about God and a lot of questions about Abraham. We don’t get all of the answers but one of the answers we do get is found in Hebrews 11:17-19 in regard to what was going through Abraham’s mindContinue Reading

Resources for Understanding Culture & Apologetics

I am working on a class that will help people understand culture, worldview and to understand how Christianity differs from the other major world religions. I have compiled some resources and thought the list might be helpful to others. Ministry in post-modern culture: Emerging Church by Dan Kimball Center Church by Tim Keller Deep &Continue Reading

Jewish Festivals, the Seasons and Telling Our Story

We live in a time where technology helps even out the seasons. We can stay warm in the winter and cool in the summer. We can get bananas just about any time of the year whether they are in season or not. If they aren’t in season here they ship them from another area ofContinue Reading

The Appeal of Living in the Known

Living in the “known” has a lot of comfort and appeal but doesn’t always stretch our faith to the degree to which God calls. There is a big difference between only making decision when we think we are assured of success and living by faith and embracing what is unknown to us but known toContinue Reading

May Guest Post Series: Women of Faith

In the month of May we are going to highlight some of the ladies out there for their perspective on faith, following Jesus and more. I am really looking forward to this for a few reasons. First, I am really appreciative that they are willing to contribute to this and I look forward to readingContinue Reading

The Joy of Kids

Yesterday Jonah told me he wanted to be a pirate. He brought his red cape to me and asked if I would tie it around his head. He then made a makeshift sword and started saying “Arrrrr…” Then Elijah got in on the act. He put on a Santa Claus hat and told me heContinue Reading

No Shortcuts

When I was in grad school at Florida I overheard some of the faculty talking about running. They were going to run a 4 mile race in a couple of months and were going to start training together for it. I told them I was interested to join them so we started running together. IContinue Reading

Conversation on President Obama, Gay Marriage and Christianity (Part 2)

Matt: Great thoughts. I had thought about Rex’s posts as well when you mentioned the culture war. Part of our problem is that so many of us have nothing better to do for the kingdom than rail against stuff like this. If we were as actively engaged in kingdom work as Paul was we mightContinue Reading

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