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Legalism is Easy

01/16/2013

Legalism is EasyI spent most of my life being a legalist.  From a young age up until mid-college I knew the rules, kept the rules, and made up some rules.  Through no fault of my parents I became the ultimate judgmental Christian.  But to be totally honest, it was easy.  Legalism made life easier.  Continue Reading…

I Don’t Always Read the Bible Because I Enjoy ItThis blog has never been, and never will be a workout/weight loss blog.  However, this morning when I was finished working out as my wife and I got ready to go to work she mentioned to me that she always feels so much better after working out.  I didn’t believe her.  I don’t work out because it helps me feel better, in fact, normally I’m just tired after I work out.  I ride my stationary bike because I want to be healthy, not because it’s enjoyable. Continue Reading…

Old Testament FailuresLet me be completely honest with you.  For years, I didn’t like Hebrews chapter 11.  For those who don’t know, Hebrews 11 is often considered the hall of fame of Christianity.  All the Old Testament hotshots are in there.  Yet, I never really liked it.

My main reason was I knew too much about some of the people in the chapter.  It’s full of people who have done some awesome things for God, but who have also done some terrible things.  The chapter includes heroes of the faith, who also happen to be womanizers, drunks, liars, schemers, doubters, adulterers, and more.  Failures.  The chapter is full of people who all had skeletons in their closets, who did some awesome things, but failed tragically in other areas. Continue Reading…

Religion is Too EasyI brush my teeth religiously.  I read books religiously.  I need to work out religiously.  As I listened to NPR this morning someone mentioned using a budget religiously, and I at first wondered if they were talking about Dave Ramsey.  They weren’t.  They were just using the word to imply ritualistically.  A series of motions we go through.  A legalistic method of making ourselves do something.

Lots of people say that Christianity is a relationship, not a religion; the problem is that many of our churches treat it like a religion, not a relationship.

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Hesitation for AppreciationI don’t appreciate people enough.  I try to, but for some reason I remember to appreciate people when they aren’t around and after appropriate phone calling hours.  Then when I wake up, the thought has disappeared.  I go about my life back to focusing on myself, and not taking time to thank those who contribute so much.

Working at a church means I’m constantly indebted to those who make ministry happen.  The countless volunteers who take time out of their already busy lives to greet people in the parking lot, or help organize our huge outreach events, or lead a community group each week.  I might be getting the paycheck, but those are the hands and feet of ministry.  The ones who willingly jump in with both feet and deal with the messiness of a recovery program, or a support group are the ones who deserve my thanks. Continue Reading…