Practice What We Preach

November 26, 2014 — Leave a comment

The other week, I made a trip to the local police station to get an affidavit. In South Africa, this is the venue you head to make a document “official”.

The officer who helped me chatted with me a bit. He inquired how long I’d been in the nation and where I stayed.

Finally he asked what I do.

“I teach the Bible and train missionaries”, I responded.

The officer nodded, raising his eyebrows. He smiled shyly and glanced around. Leaning close to me he says, “I too follow the God of the Bible.”

“Oh wonderful!”, I replied.

As the conversation progressed you could see him gaining boldness.

Finally, as I was about to leave, he waved me closer, wanting to tell me something not all could hear

“I am a born-again Christian.”

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I must confess as I left, my first thoughts were not rejoicing or excitement.

Top Books of 2014

November 22, 2014 — 1 Comment

Each year, one of the popular features of NoSuperHeroes is a look back at the best books I’ve read in 2014.

Take a look at my list and add your favorites in the comments section below.

Here, in no particular order, are the top books of 2014.

With: Reimagining the Way You Relate to God. I say these are in no particular order, but this book is far and away the best I have read this year. Counting the number of blog posts which drew inspiration from it illustrates this. Take a look at:

God’s Perfect Plan

November 19, 2014 — 2 Comments

Is there a perfect plan of God for our lives?

I’ve heard many things along these lines through the years.

  • “The good is the enemy of best.”
  • “Don’t settle for second best in your life.”
  • “Compromise will limit your effectiveness and take you out of His Will”

This doesn’t even begin to consider the search for our spouse, the match made in heaven.

With this thinking comes a great deal of pressure and fear.

The implication is that unless we perfectly discern the will of God for our lives we end up in some alternate universe.

We endeavor to crack the mystery through prayer, godly counsel, and the ever-present laying of fleeces.

I literally know people who have been paralyzed with fear of their next decision derailing his Divine Plan. They could not even get out of bed.

Grace Has No Shelf Life

November 14, 2014

Someone asked me the other day, “How long have you been teaching grace?”

It caused me to consider the message I’ve shared for so long. I don’t grow tired of it and certainly have not exhausted the applications it brings to my life.

So many things in our lives have a shelf life.

Any 2 liter bottle of Coke or soda gives you about 2 days before it becomes flat.

Banana’s routinely turn brown and mushy before we get to them.

Bread, in many countries, starts growing interesting colors of mold after a few days.

The only thing out there which seems to have no shelf life is McDonald’s food. This goes to show, the healthier you eat, the more you consider shelf life.

Grace has no shelf life.

Grace doesn’t go flat, get mushy, or grow mold.

Grace even lasts longer than McDonald’s.

“For I have the desire to what is right but not the ability to carry it out” (Romans 7:18)

Paul eloquently demonstrates in Romans 7 the struggle so many of us feel as we walk with God. We want to do what is right, but keep making the same mistakes.

Disobedience is not in our hearts, but it keeps rearing its ugly head in our lifestyle.

In Verse 24, he hits the ultimate expression of frustration exclaiming, Wretched man that I am. Who will deliver me from this body of death?”

Our “wanter” is broken

We don’t live consistently with that which we genuinely desire to do.

Change is not something we get out of a machine or through an app on our phones.

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So What do we do? We usually go to one of two extremes.