February 11, 2016

Virtual Vitamins

John 14:27 “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”

I couldn’t count the number of times I’ve preached from The Upper Room Discourse, much less the number of times I’ve written on it in my devotions. It always blesses me! This particular verse is read or quoted at a high percentage of funerals, but it has far broader application than that. All sorts of things work to “trouble” (the Japanese says, “make noisy and confused”) our hearts. Jesus tells us to have none of that. He points out that He is giving us His peace. Often we don’t recognize but a fraction of what He has provided, and so we fail to appropriate it. Jesus is saying here, “I’m giving you My peace, so don’t…

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“I can’t be excellent if …”

Foundations - Life Coaching

As I frequently write about,  I believe you are going to have the greatest satisfaction in your life when you pursue excellence in every area of responsibility in your life:

(7 areas of responsibilities:  Devotion to God, Personal Health, Family, Stewardship (managing your investments and resources), Work, Volunteering, Personal Leisure) :

To help me in this desire to be my best, I use this statement to help me keep focused:

“I can’t be excellent in ____________ (name the area of responsibility),  if I ______________ (name the unwanted behavior)”

As an example of how I use this thought,  the other day I was at a large gathering of people and noticed a very attractive woman.   The natural temptation was for me to take a second look at this woman (something I would not be proud of).

However,  the above-mentioned statement came to my mind:

“I can’t be excellent as a husband (name the area…

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Love Payments

Basic Discipling

Owe no one anything, except to love one another, for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law (Romans 13:8).  This simple command, interestingly, was sprung on the church in Rome just after Paul exhorted his readers to submit to the authorities through paying taxes, revenue, respect, and honor; these were man’s laws that they needed to obey as followers of Christ.  In God’s design, they were to pay what was owed to the figures in charge of the land.  Paul then asked them to fix their gaze on one another and focus on one specific “payment”–love.  It’s the foundational command we need to keep coming back to as we think about how to live with one another in discipleship-focused small groups.  If you are a group leader, you are an instigator of brotherly, neighborly, tangible love.  By God’s amazing grace, may we instigate well so that our groups…

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Super Bowl ad slammed by NARAL for ‘humanizing fetuses’


NASHVILLE (BP) — An abortion-rights group’s protest that a Super Bowl ad wrongly engaged in “humanizing fetuses” has drawn protest from several Southern Baptist leaders.

b93c3b09-da9a-40e9-805f-01476bf31460-Doritos-adDuring the Feb. 7 Super Bowl, Doritos aired a commercial depicting a husband and wife viewing an ultrasound image of their unborn child. In the ad, the child begins motioning for the Doritos the father is eating.

In response, NARAL Pro-Choice America tweeted, “#NotBuyingIt — that @Doritos ad using #antichoice tactic of humanizing fetuses & sexist tropes of dads as clueless & moms as uptight.”

The tweet was one in a series of NARAL Super Bowl tweets aimed at supposedly “sexist” advertisers, according to the group’s Twitter feed.

Southern Baptist pastors, entity heads and seminary professors were among the critics of NARAL’s Doritos tweet.

Russell Moore, president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, wrote in an online commentary, “The fact that the parents in…

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