Should Christians Stand for Justice?

Before starting I would like to define justice. The Oxford Dictionary defines justice as: “just behavior or treatment; the quality of being fair and reasonable; the administration of the law or authority in maintaining this.” In the Old Testament justice was often synonymous with righteousness.

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Am I honoring even when I am emotional?

After the phone conversation ended I was still emotional. I wasn’t angry. The best word would probably be frustrated.

I had just woken up and I was still groggy. The stress level in the house was above normal. I was not in the best state of mind. A situation needed to be addressed. Rather than thinking through it I decided to tackle it head on. I don’t suggest doing this. Continue reading “Am I honoring even when I am emotional?”

Lying to my wife

It was quite unexpected when I found myself lying to my wife. I am not in the habit of lying to my wife. As a matter of fact, I try to be as truthful as possible. I believe trust is something that is built and is foundational for a strong marriage.

It happened all of a sudden. My mind went from one thought to another and I was immediately deep in thought. My wife noticed and made a comment to the effect of, “I see you are deep in thought, what are you thinking about.” Continue reading “Lying to my wife”

Defining Moments: Asking my wife out and rejection!

I asked my wife Cayla to be my girlfriend about 10 years ago. She didn’t say yes, at least not immediately. God used the situation to heal rejection in my life.

After talking with her mother and getting the go ahead, I went for a walk with Cayla and her best friend. During the walk I asked her out. She didn’t give me an answer, although she thought she had. Our communication has progressed a lot since then!

The next 24 hours were a bit rough for me, but God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God. Continue reading “Defining Moments: Asking my wife out and rejection!”

Do not repay evil with evil: Is my first response love?

Finally, all of you, be like-minded, be sympathetic, love one another, be compassionate and humble. Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult. On the contrary, repay evil with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing.” – 1 Peter 3:8-9

As I read this scripture last night I felt like God was speaking to me through it but wasn’t sure what it was. I thought through my life and the people who I felt have wronged me. I have forgiven each of them and have spoken blessing over them to the best of my knowledge. Regardless of my thoughts, the feeling that God wanted to communicate something to me through the verse wouldn’t go away.

After working I went to bed without a thought in my mind. I had one dream I remember and it was weird (like most). In the dream I had been staying in a home with a friend. I had some keepsakes from my kids in the home. A greedy land baron was trying to take the land from me. Continue reading “Do not repay evil with evil: Is my first response love?”

Strengthened by Hope!

This week seemed busier than my normal week. Today I found myself in a funk and didn’t know why. I was short with my kids and lacking patience. I didn’t think I needed hope, but I was wrong.

Often when I find myself getting emotional or in a mood, rather than turning to a specific feeling like anger, I let the feeling sit there. I try and figure out what I am feeling. Most of the time I am able to figure it out.

My list of things to get done this summer is long. It feels like I keep getting caught up with my weekly tasks and can’t make much of a dent in my list. This week I received a couple unexpected bills in the mail and tried to push through on my list. The last two days I didn’t take my quiet time with God.

The two things I was missing were love and hope. When I became task oriented love went out the door. When I stopped hoping Continue reading “Strengthened by Hope!”

Moving Forward One Step At A Time

I felt like God was speaking to me about taking one step at a time. A friend and mentor of mine mentioned it in a meeting about taking the step God has directed you to take, waiting for Him, and then taking the next step He directs you to take. It wasn’t something new to me.  I had heard it before and believed it to be true. The difference for me this week is that it was God’s word for me in the moment. Moving forward one step at a time. Continue reading “Moving Forward One Step At A Time”

Defining Moments: Holy Spirit Do You Love Me?

When I was 18 years old I spent a year in a discipleship program. We had worship time every morning during the week Tuesday through Friday.  One morning during this time one of the pastors told us that if we asked the Holy Spirit if He loved us, He would always answer us.  The pastor encouraged all of us to close our eyes and ask the Holy Spirit if He loved us.  I think everyone said it out loud.  We then waited.  There was worship music playing in the background and about 35 students and staff present.

One by one many of the others in the room began to have emotional responses.  Some were filled with joy and others began to cry.  I stood there.  I felt all alone in the middle of the room that seated around 200 people.  My thoughts were a mess and it felt like an argument in my head. I wasn’t sure what to expect but I was hoping to hear God.

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