INFORM, NOT ENFORCE?

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AirplaneFirst things first: I’m a rule-follower. 

This doesn’t mean that I ALWAYS follow the rules (just ask my Mom), but I’m a rule-follower by nature. I respect authority, obey rules/laws, and absolutely HATE to be “in trouble” with anyone. 

So, keep that in mind as you read this article… 

THE TWO-SIDED COIN OF HONORING PARENTS

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honorparentsOur teenagers are in the middle of a 2-week study on “Honoring My Parents” in our Wednesday night class. This study is designed to shed some light on what the Bible has to say about their responsibility to honor and obey their parents. 

A cursory reading of Ephesians 6:1-2 will reveal that there are no real “qualifiers” to this command. Children are instructed to “obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. ‘Honor your father and mother’ (this is the first commandment with a promise), ‘that it may go well with you and that you may live long in the land.” In other words, this is commanded because it is the right thing to do. 

LOOPHOLE HUNTERS – EPISODE 3: SALVATION – PART TWO

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Loophole-Hunters-LogoIn this week’s article, we will pick up where we left off last time concerning the loopholes that people often invent regarding SALVATION. Let’s examine another of these popular loopholes: 

LOOPHOLE #2 – “The Bible says that all I have to do is believe in Jesus to be saved, so that’s all I’m doing.” 

LOOPHOLE HUNTERS: RELATIONSHIPS – PART TWO

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Loophole-Hunters-LogoIn this “episode” of Loophole Hunters, we are going to address another perceived “loophole” that we, as Christians, often use an excuse NOT to obey God in the area of relationships

“You have heard that it was said that forgiveness and agape love are not required when someone has hurt ME.” 

“LOOPHOLE HUNTERS: RELATIONSHIPS-PART ONE”

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Loophole-Hunters-LogoIn this series, we are taking a look at some of the ways in which we, as Christians, hunt for loopholes in God’s Word. “Loophole Hunting” is when we take a clearly communicated command from God – one that was intended to be taken into the depths of our hearts and to change our lives - and we find a “technicality.” This technicality, in our minds, gives us permission to either lessen the impact of the command or, in some cases, disregard it entirely.

LOOPHOLE HUNTERS - Episode One

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Loophole-Hunters-LogoLast week, we came face-to-face with the unfortunate truth that we, as God’s people, are often guilty of reducing His Word into mere “external observances.” We were forced to admit that we are often best known for turning the Bible into some kind of “checklist,” denying its real power (2 Tim. 3:5). We have an undeniably long history of taking God’s teachings, robbing them of their rich depth, and limiting their potential to change our lives from the inside out.

In other words, we hunt for loopholes.

LOOPHOLE HUNTERS - An Introduction

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Loophole-Hunters-LogoThe show “House Hunters,” which premiered on HGTV in 1999, has produced over 1,700 episodes and spawned over a dozen “spinoff” shows in its 18-year run. Some of these recent spinoff shows include “House Hunters: RV Edition,” “Houseboat Hunters,” “Island Hunters,” and even “Tiny House Hunters.”

Question: Does this mean that normal-sized people are looking for tiny houses, or are tiny people looking for normal-sized houses?

Oh, who am I kidding; I would probably watch it either way.

Are We Wrong About Being Wrong?

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WrongIn Matthew 23, Jesus had some unusually harsh words for a group of very religious people who had gotten a lot of things “wrong.” He acknowledged that they had gone to the trouble to “tithe mint and dill and cumin,” but He also accused them of having “neglected the weightier matters of the law” (vs. 23).

Not For Sale

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Notfosale webHave you ever had a garage sale at your house?

Brooke and I have hosted a few successful garage sales during our 11 years of marriage, and by “successful” I mean that we are still married.

Garage sales are fun, aren’t they? When I say “fun,” I mean “awful.” The only part I don’t hate about a garage sale is the 4-inch stack of wrinkled one-dollar bills at the end that means we will get at least one sit-down meal at a semi-nice restaurant in exchange for all of our stuff and all of our trouble. Everything else about a garage sale is absolutely terrible. The worst part about a garage sale is the marriage-threatening process of deciding what to sell and what not to sell. These discussions always seem to end up on the level of hostage negotiations, and for some reason, my hostages always die. What’s the old saying? “One man’s treasure is another woman’s opportunity to make 75 cents”? Just because it’s at the bottom of a box in the basement with a family of spiders living in it does NOT mean that I don’t need it, woman!