Endurance for Unity

Endurance for Unity

Bible Stuff
Romans 15:1–6 (HCSB) 15 Now we who are strong have an obligation to bear the weaknesses of those without strength, and not to please ourselves. 2 Each one of us must please his neighbor for his good, to build him up. 3 For even the Messiah did not please Himself. On the contrary, as it is written, The insults of those who insult You have fallen on Me. 4 For whatever was written in the past was written for our instruction, so that we may have hope through endurance and through the encouragement from the Scriptures. 5 Now may the God who gives endurance and encouragement allow you to live in harmony with one another, according to the command of Christ Jesus, 6 so that you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord…
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Pay your Debts of Respect

Pay your Debts of Respect

Bible Stuff, Spiritual Ideas
Romans 13:7–8 (HCSB) 7 Pay your obligations to everyone: taxes to those you owe taxes, tolls to those you owe tolls, respect to those you owe respect, and honor to those you owe honor. 8 Do not owe anyone anything, except to love one another, for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law. Do you have any outstanding debts of honor that you need to pay? I there someone that you know that you need to respect, but aren't? Working with teenagers I find that I am often teaching about respecting people and almost universally I get some variation of this, "I'll respect them when they respect me!" or the "I'll respect them when they act like they deserve respect." What I try to teach them is that their actions…
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Because of Sarai

Bible Stuff, Random Thoughts
When I think about Genesis 12 I think about the good things that happened to Abram (later Abraham). He gets called by God and follows Him into into a country that God promises to show him. Abram gets blessed by God and receives the promise of many children and even the savior of the world through his lineage. What I didn't realize until today is that Genesis 12 also has the story of Abram heading to Egypt because of a famine and lying to the Pharaoh about Sarai. If you don't know the story Abram claims that she is his sister and not his wife because he is afraid that the Pharaoh will kill him and take her. Abram, who was willing to follow God into an undisclosed country now…
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Grieving the heart of God.

Bible Stuff
Then the LORD saw that the wickedness of man was great on the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. The LORD was sorry that He had made man on the earth, and He was grieved in His heart. Genesis 6:5-6 Started trying to read through the Bible this year and I came upon this little verse at the beginning of the Noah narrative. I haven't been able to shake it. The thought that God was sorry for creating people. This makes two quick thoughts come to mind. 1) How can God regret something and 2) What have I done to make him sorry? Is He sorry that He has called me into ministry?
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October Days and Thoughts on Job

Bible Stuff, Devotional Thoughts, Spiritual Ideas, Youth Ministry Ideas
I got a chance to go sit outside and pray and worship again today. October in Alabama is a beautiful time. Here we are with Halloween fast approaching and the leaves are only just now beginning to show small bits of orange around the edges. Of course so many of the trees around here are pines anyway and so you don’t get the dazzling fall display that you do in many places. But October is a good time in Alabama because it is a time when the wind is cool, but the Sun is warm and you can sit and feel the warmth from the sun as the cool breeze keeps you from getting too hot. As the father of two little boys now I don’t get a whole lot…
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