Shatter Proof

Portraits with Ammar Saheli by Alex Lopez

I recall the day my cell phone leaped out of my hand and fell to the floor, face first. When it smashed into the limestone tile there was a distinctive smack and I knew instantly it was an unfavorable outcome. I picked up my phone and turned it over slowly, hoping for a miracle. As I looked — the face of the phone was thoroughly shattered. Part of it (well, all of it) was my fault because I elected to not by a protective case.
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Shapen In Iniquity

Cosmically we find ourselves in a very perplexing condition. There are so many elements of life where people are seeking an explanation for the evil and dark things that occur locally and globally. We wonder why bad conditions can be absorbed by the perceivably good. Without an anchored faith in Christ, the earthly world in which we live could only be understood as an ultimate platform of injustice. But through the grace of God, He has an answer. Not everyone is willing to embrace His solutionary scheme, but He has a justice and redemption plan for humanity. Read the rest of this entry

Milk vs. Meat

This narrative serves as a special word of thanks to all who were in attendance at Bible study yesterday morning. I have always pondered the milk/meat concept, but yesterday was the first time I approached it in full discussion and biblical exploration. I am thankful for our milk/meat, carnal/spiritual conversation yesterday, regarding Hebrews 5:12-6:1-3 and 1 Corinthians 3:1-3. The class dialogue and exercise really helped me understand the distinctive difference between the milk/meat and or solid food concept of Paul. Read the rest of this entry

Engaging the Reflective

Living within a new year brings time for purposeful reflection. Spending time in meditation and devotion regarding personal improvement and best practices for Christian living is a commodity worth investing. How do you plan to be a better citizen of the King and how do you assess your performance of last year? For many the goal is to leave the past and all its experiences in the forgotten department of our memory, but one famous men’s basketball coach of Duke University said it is not forgetting your struggles that makes you tough, but remembering them.

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Divine Extremism In Christ

“Take away from Me the noise of your songs, For I will not hear the melody of your stringed instruments. 24 But let justice run down like water, And righteousness like a mighty stream” (Amos 5:23-24). Read the rest of this entry

The Judas Factor Revisited

Then one of the twelve, called Judas Iscariot, went unto the chief priests, 15 And said unto them, What will ye give me, and I will deliver him unto you? And they covenanted with him for thirty pieces of silver. 16 And from that time he sought opportunity to betray him.
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Adding Religion Back to Christian Spirituality

“If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man’s religion is vain. Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world” (James 1:26-27). Read the rest of this entry

Capacity and Competency

“Jesus saith unto them, Fill the waterpots with water. And they filled them up to the brim” (John 2:7) Read the rest of this entry

This Night!

“…This will I do: I will pull down my barns, and build greater; and there will I bestow all my fruits and my goods. And I will say to my soul, Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many years; take thine ease, eat, drink, and be merry. But God said unto him, Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided? So is he that layeth up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God” (Luke 12:18-21). Read the rest of this entry

Exhortation

“Lay not wait, O wicked man, against the dwelling of the righteous; spoil not his resting place: For a just man falleth seven times, and riseth up again: but the wicked shall fall into mischief. Rejoice not when thine enemy falleth, and let not thine heart be glad when he stumbleth” (Proverbs 24:15-17). Read the rest of this entry