Distracted Living

distractionsConsidering all that’s going on in the world today, you may not hear much about the crisis of “distracted living.” Where living in a perpetual state of distraction, you miss out on most of your life because you generally aren’t paying attention, or your attention is so divided, torn in so many directions that you don’t focus on anything.  Let’s face it Google is making us stupid, multitasking is draining our souls, and the current generation is leading us into a dark age of bookless, mindless, power browsing. All those e-mails and social media notifications, casual internet browsing, schedules overloaded with meetings and appointments, result in missed dinners, neglected dates, and forgotten birthdays, and the list goes on and on. Embracing the Internet as the hub of our work, play, and commerce has been the intellectual equivalent to adopting fructose as the center of our national diet, and we’ve all become mentally obese. Continue reading “Distracted Living”

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Desensitized

SIN-IN-GOD OUTMany of us were taught at an early age to respond affirmatively to what is determined to be right. As a result over time, we develop a particular sensitivity concerning whatever has been determined to be wrong. This discipline or conditioning regarding what is right and what is wrong trains us and gives us our moral inclination and our mental sensitivity or conscience.  As we continue to mature and learn from the circumstances of life, we formulate our own moral paths.   The conditions of life and other experiences help shape our moral characters.  An ideal character is one trained to be affected–pained even annoyed by those things considered wrong.  Continue reading “Desensitized”

Repent or Regret

RRMany understand the term repentance (from the Greek word metanoia) to mean “turning from sin.” This turning is simple, thus is not the biblical definition of repentance. In the Bible, the word repent means “to change one’s mind.” The Bible also tells us that true repentance will result in a change of actions (Luke 3:8-14; Acts 3:19). Acts 26:20 declares, “I preached that they should repent and turn to God and prove their repentance by their deeds.” The full biblical definition of repentance is a change of mind that results in a change of action. Continue reading “Repent or Regret”

How Prejudice are You?


How do you feel when someone judges you? Worse yet misjudges you? One of the keys to success in life is to live the life God has planned for YOU, to be yourself, and not someone else! Yet, because of ignorance and arrogance of others, people often spend their lives trying to be someone or some thing else, wishing they had someone else’s looks, family, job, or abilities instead of their own. When prejudice rears its ugly head, and you are the recipient, I am certain you will agree it can be a very confusing and even painful experience. An experience that is not easy for anyone to endure. Continue reading “How Prejudice are You?”

Acceptance the Path to Self-Forgiveness

Every human being is born with the propensity for wrongdoing. We all lose our temper, lie, cheat, and in some form or fashion steal, some even kill, be it physically, mentally, spiritually or emotionally.  This predisposition for trouble is a universal problem; no one is exempt it is systemic to all of mankind. Continue reading “Acceptance the Path to Self-Forgiveness”

Walking with Jesus, Dancing with the devil

A few nights ago I was watching an episode of a popular reality series on television. After a while, I became increasingly uncomfortable with the language and content of the humor. Don’t get me wrong, it was entertainingly funny. My concern was simply that repeated exposure to the type of worldview expressed in this show and others like it was slowly desensitizing my sensibility thus having an impact on my overall view as a Christian. I admit there are definitely times when I’ve caught myself repeating some objectionable phrases, or embracing some ungodly ideas, or even modeling a behavior, simply because I heard, or watched it repeatedly in some program, movie, or overheard and even participated in a series of conversations at work. It’s one thing to be physically located in these environments; however, it’s another thing altogether to draw from them as a source of information or even entertainment. I turned the channel as watching any further only demonstrated my implicit approval and I wanted to stop before my view became permanently altered. Continue reading “Walking with Jesus, Dancing with the devil”

I Got This

I am very fortunate in that I get to share the best part of my week, the beginning, with a great group of people and recently during our weekly get together a very interesting question was asked by a person in our group most would consider to be a very logical, very intelligent person who has experienced what could arguably be considered their fair share of successes in life.  This person basically wanted an explanation, an understanding, for lack of better words if you will for a person, someone like the average everyday Joe who is able to be successful in life without believing, placing faith in, or following God. Until that point I honestly had really never given it much thought. I mean the world is broken, man fallen, if you follow the practices, principles, and adhere to the standards laid out by the world it is very possible and more than likely for you to realize the very real, albeit temporal success as it is defined by the world. This question of being or experiencing success without God is an interesting one indeed, one that deserves much more conversation than this post can do it justice. With that said here are some thoughts to ponder. Continue reading “I Got This”