Posts by Jeremy Pate (Page 3)

Posts by Jeremy Pate (Page 3)

U-Turn Encouraged

One of the most confusing decisions for a driver is whether or not it is legal to make a U-turn at any given intersection.   In some situations, there will be a sign that clearly says, “No U-Turn;” or it will have the symbol for a U-turn with a Ghostbusters sign over it (which I understand because I saw the movie…in the theatre). In other situations, there will be a sign that says, “U-Turn Permitted,” which means that you can do a U-turn without having to…

Inform, Not Enforce?

First 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… Several months ago, a man was dragged off of a plane and it was caught on video. The video was posted on social media and sparked a multi-faceted outrage across the country.…

Tootsie Rolls??

I joined a gym this past week. I have never attempted to work out at a gym by myself for any extended period of time, but I felt like it was time to get in better shape so that I can walk my girls down the aisle instead of being carried by them. I decided to join Planet Fitness, which is close to my house and fairly inexpensive. Although they don’t have any of the structured classes that I was looking for, they have…

THE BACK-TO-SCHOOL BLUES

Almost all of our teens have gone back to school at this point, and I think it would be safe to say that most of them are not especially happy about it.   After all, why would anyone WANT to go back to early mornings, late night homework sessions, increased temptation, and a never-ending list of demands that is constantly placed on you by coaches, band directors, teachers, parents, and seemingly everyone else in the WORLD?? In the pages of…

Remind Me Oh Lord of the Price that was Paid

They bound His hands, and they took Him captive. They beat Him, and they spat on Him. They slapped Him, and they plucked the hairs of His beard from His face. They put a crown of thorns on His head, and they whipped Him. They put a robe on His back and yelled, “Hail the King of the Jews.” They nailed Him to the cross, and they killed the Son of God.   You know, a lot of times it’s easy for us to read Scripture and say to ourselves, “How could they do such a thing?” “How could they be so blind?” “Why did they not…

LOOPHOLE HUNTERS – Episode Two: Relationships (Part One)

In 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…

PASSENGERS

“You busted his lip!” “Look at what you did to him!” “Good work guys, good work! Way to go!” “This is horrible.” “Yeah, the police grabbed him. He’s an older doctor. He wouldn’t get off the plane, so they forced him off.” These are direct quotes of some of the things that were said by other passengers as Dr. David Dao was literally dragged from his seat on an overbooked United Airlines flight this past Sunday. According to reports, Dr.…

LOOPHOLE HUNTERS – An Introduction

The 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. According to a recent statistic,…

LOOPHOLE HUNTERS – Episode One

Last 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.…

Are We Wrong About Being Wrong?

In 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).   In other words, He seems to be saying to them, “You have taken the time to make sure that you give one-tenth of your spice rack; but in…

NOT FOR SALE!

Have 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…

Beauty & the Beast… And the Christian

I grew up watching Disney movies. Because of my love for drawing, I obviously watched all of the animated features; but I also religiously watched some of the lesser-known live-action Disney movies (“Swiss Family Robinson,” anyone?). As a child, Disney represented fun, family, adventure, and usually a few catchy songs.God’s Word. I haven’t grown up much since then (just ask my wife). I still watch every new animated Disney movie that is released (I saw “Moana” 3 times and one…