If you’re saddened at the direction our nation has turned, a direction now realized after the Supreme Court ruled in favor of legalizing same-sex marriage, you may be having a difficult time reconciling that according to your Christian beliefs. After all Christians are called to love others and hate sin and this often causes a spiritual division. Many are left to wonder how they should respond. Continue reading How Not To Respond To Gay Marriage
In 1728, at the age of 22, Benjamin Franklin penned an epitaph that would later be preserved in the Library of Congress. It reads,
The Body of B. Franklin Printer; Like the Cover of an old Book, Its Contents torn out, And stript of its Lettering and Gilding, Lies here, Food for Worms. But the Work shall not be wholly lost: For it will, as he believ’d, appear once more, In a new and more perfect Edition, Corrected and Amended By the Author.
Though not a professing born-again Christian, Franklin must have been influenced by Scripture’s teaching of the resurrection of the body after death where the Bible teaches that our souls will be raised up into heaven immediately at death, and then our bodies will be raised again to life after the return of Christ. Continue reading Do You Believe In The Resurrection? How Evidence Is Crucial To Your Belief
[Note: This is part 2 of a blog series on becoming more like Christ and the pursuit of sanctification as a believer. You can find part 1 here.]
Becoming like Christ is a process of progressive growth and maturity from the first stage of regeneration until the end of life when the believer departs from earth. This process is known as sanctification in which both God and man play an active role in being made more like Christ and more free from sin (1).
This process is not possible apart from the Holy Spirit working in the life of an individual to call him to repentance and faith in Jesus Christ. Many go through a process of reformation in which they give up a bad habit or change their lifestyle but without Christ they remain in the old life and the new life has not come. Instead, the process begins and ends with Jesus. Continue reading Becoming Like Christ
[Note: This is part 2 of a blog series on becoming more like Christ and the pursuit of sanctification as a believer. You can find part 2 here.]
Lately I’ve been challenged by the idea that Christians should be, and striving to be, more like Christ. After all, one of the truest marks of the Christian is that he would be defined not by what he claims but what he does. That is not to say that one can be saved by works but that works is a natural fruit of salvation. Continue reading More Like Christ
My friend, Cody Libolt, has been writing a series about leaders becoming writers, and a systematic approach for them to write regularly and incrementally. If you’re a blogger or writer, or simply desire to be a better communicator through writing, you should check it out here.
With that said, Cody challenges me to become a better writer. Being a better writer in today’s world is more than having something to say, delivering it succinctly, and using all the right punctuation and grammar. Better writers also know how to write with regularity to keep their audience tuned in and growing.
As much as I wish I were a better writer I know that I am not. Unfortunately I have always been a better dreamer than doer and most projects I begin go unfinished. That is why I approach this subject with much hesitancy and fear. I am reluctant to begin again doing something I have attempted to do before and failed.
Overcoming my reluctancy.
I have already answered the question of why am I afraid to begin writing again. It’s because I have dropped the ball before and left my readers hanging. Now I must answer the question of why I let that happen. When I first began writing I believed I had something to say and that there was an audience ready to read it. I also believed that I could change someone’s mind about a subject or teach them something they did not already know. Writing was a priority because it mattered to my audience and it mattered to me.
Understanding the problem.
And then I thought: it does not matter to them and it should not matter to me. Once I considered this notion it did not take long for me to be convinced that I was among the smallest of fish in the big blogging sea and I should leave it up to those who have something better to say. Those thoughts grew as I read more and better blogs from authors and speakers I most admire. They do it so much better than me so I figured that I should leave it to the professionals.
Finding a solution.
Once I applied the same principles and methods I use when investigating problems and troubleshooting failures at work I have been easily able to identify the problem and work toward finding a solution.
A solution cannot be identified until the problem is understood and attempts have been made to correct it. Only after overcoming the problem can a trial be labeled a solution. Until then all attempts are trials.
So this is my trial.
I have determined that the best way to overcome my problem of not writing is simply by writing again. Simple solution, right? I hope so. But I know this will be more challenging than it appears on paper. Time and priority are two hinderances to any project one might undertake. In addition, having something to say is also important. So I have decided how to conduct my first trial.
I will choose a subject, research what others have to say about it, gain insight, wisdom and knowledge, and begin writing. I will begin preparing for this journey I am about to take, and will set out with hope and determination. I hope you will join me.