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Tipping the Scale

October 26, 2014

Today is the 3rd Anniversary of NoSuperHeroes. In honor of this, I have re-engineered the first-ever post, editing it and sprucing it up a bit. As you will see, we started with an emphasis on grace and relationship with God. Three years and 324 posts later, this is still the goal. Hope you’ve enjoyed the journey. Please tell others and join the conversation designed to inspire us toward a deeper walk with Jesus!

What is the primary focus in our walk with God?

Is it our sin: knowing what sin is, staying away from it, and trying to pay for it when we fail?

Or, are we focused on Jesus?

In the book of Acts, we see the early church as being focused on Christ in spite of their mistakes and growing pains.

As Christians, our battle against sin can begin to consume us.

What Music Are You Playing?

October 21, 2014

Grace is so much more than forgiveness of sins, gaining us the event of salvation. Grace is the day-to-day journey of salvation.

We were united with him in his resurrection. This does defeat “death” in our lives, but so much more; it means life!

Paul in Romans 6 says our bodies are instruments of righteousness or unrighteousness. He asks why righteous instruments would go on playing unrighteous music?

“Verse 13 Do not present your members to sin as instruments for unrighteousness, but present yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life, and your members to God as instruments for righteousness.”

So what music is your life playing?

It does not mean it impossible to play unrighteous music as a believer We all know this is not true.

It really is a question of who is now conducting the music. Previously it was sin or ever our own efforts.

Turn or Burn

September 13, 2014

“The Wrath of God is coming on all flesh. This world is going away! Baseball is going away!”

These were the words of a “turn or burn” street preacher I heard at a recent baseball game while in the United States.

As he went on, I literally had to walk away because tears were forming in my eyes.

wrath preacher

I was not upset baseball was going away.
I was so grieved at this man’s approach to evangelism.

I wonder how effective he is?

Does someone rush up to him and express a desire to repent?
Or does he elicit one of two responses: Laughter or Anger.

Don’t get me wrong. I’m all for evangelism.

I do believe in sin, judgment, and the wrath of God as expressed in Romans 1. God’s wrath is not a pleasant topic, yet it is in part of the character and nature of God.

How to be a Biblical Hero

September 3, 2014

Do you feel like you could never be a hero like those we read about in the Bible? 

You hear sermon after sermon on their successes and faith, but it seems an impossible level to attain. Italmost as if they were not real people, walking around with halos on the head.

Take Abraham for example. He has faith to go to an unknown land, a belief in the promise of a future son, and at the end of his life a trust in God which was willing to have the long ago promised son taken away.

These are all positive and good pictures of Abraham, but as with all Biblical heroes, he has a dark side.

Right after making the bold step to enter a land which was unknown, purely on obedience, we see Abraham walking in zero trust when out of fear he lies about Sarah being his wife.

Unlawful Law

August 2, 2014

Very often we emphasize love with those not apart of a church and rules with those in the church.

We may have some of this backwards…

Love should always be a part of our message and our lifestyle. Obedience and right lifestyle does set us apart…

Paul said something to Timothy which caught my eye the other day.

Now we know that the law is good, if one uses it lawfully, understanding this, that the law is not laid down for the just but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and sinners, for the unholy and profane,…” (1 Timothy 1:8-9)

Paul always was an advocate for the law being good, but this verse seems to imply it can be used in an unhealthy manner.

He clearly says the law is not for the “just” (meaning believers or those walking in faith), but for those outside the church.