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Why Does it Bother You?

Why is it some things bother you more than others? It isn’t always a logical/analytical answer that is obvious. There are some pesky things that bother us more than things much more serious.

Often we are bothered most by others on the things we struggle with the most ourselves. When those things rear their ugly heads we get hypersensitive not because this behavior or characteristic is worse than everything else but because we have been personally unsuccessful in dealing with it ourselves. We are reminded of our weakness and find disdain for ourselves.

The opposite can also be true. For instance, someone who has dropped over 100 pounds of weight might be bothered by someone they see in public who is morbidly obese. Whereas failure can make us sensitive so can success. It keys in our our awareness that others are failing where we have found success. We are reminded of the other person’s weakness and find disdain for them.

In both instances the real focus is ourselves. The behavior of the other person sheds light on self that creates feelings of displeasure and disdain toward other people. In psychology this is called projection. The next time someone really aggravates you stop and ask yourself why and see what lessons you might learn about yourself. This will help us give more grace to others and understand ourselves better.

It Depends on What Your Goal is

If you want to be comfortable, don’t expect to grow. It all depends on what your goal is. If you want well reasoned positions and beliefs then be prepared to be made uncomfortable. Those are only formed through severe testing and severe testing by its very nature is uncomfortable. The people who have the bestContinue Reading

What Topics or Texts Would You Like to See Covered at Kingdom Living?

Time for some feedback. I would love to hear your questions and topics you would like to have a conversation about. Please comment below with your thoughts and I look forward to engaging you in some healthy, biblical conversations in the near future.

Bible Study Tip #5 – Getting to Know the Bigger Story

The Bible doesn’t read like a typical continuous or chronological story. It just isn’t organized that way and that can be very confusing when you start studying the Bible. Think of the Old Testament in three sections: The story (Genesis-Esther), wisdom and poetry (Job-Song of Songs) and the prophets (Isaiah-Malachi). If you read Genesis –Continue Reading

Bible Study Tip #2 Which Bible Translation Should I Use?

There are many English translations one can choose from. There are so many that Craig Blomberg remarked a few years ago in his book “Can We Still Believe the Bible” that publishers need to stop making new English translations until we have put more translations in other languages. I appreciate that position a great deal.Continue Reading

Recognizing the Reality of a Blue Christmas

I have known intellectually for a while now that not all Christmases are merry for all people. I have even preached that sermon on an occasion or two – to be sensitive to those who will have a hard time this Christmas. This is the time of year where a Christmas carol will make someContinue Reading

The Jesus Jersey

“You are the Messiah.” – Peter (Mark 8:29) Peter knew this much but he didn’t understand what that meant. It seems Peter had something in mind other than what Jesus had in mind when it came to defining the role of the Messiah. The Jewish people had been looking for a deliverer…a king. When theContinue Reading

Illustrating Why Verses Dropped Out of Newer Translations

A few years ago I did a number of posts on translations and manuscripts that generated a lengthy discussion. Occassionally I still get comments on a number of those posts. One recent comment came from Chris who wrote this, “Plus the NIV comes from Textus sinaiticus….And the KJV comes from Textus Receptus So I poseContinue Reading

Psalm 118 and the Last Song Jesus Sang Before His Death

As Jesus concluded the Passover meal with his disciples there is a verse that is nearly always left out of the readings when this is read in sermons and at the Lord’s Supper. The verse right after Jesus finishes instituting the Lord’s Supper is this, “When they had sung a hymn, they went out toContinue Reading

Improving Theological Discourse – My Neighbor is Not an Object

There are some circles where theological discourse is as healthy as ever while in other places people are rabid and vicious. Paul addressed this among the Galatian Christians in Galatians 5, “If, however, you bite and devour one another, take care that you are not consumed by one another.” (5:15). Right before that Paul wroteContinue Reading

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