Not One Righteous…Know Thyself

Christ tried to prepare us for it with scriptures that warn us “Judge not, lest you be judged. It is one of the simplest directives in the Bible, yet one of the hardest to follow. Why? Because out of our personal wounds come our cry for justice. Our focus becomes retaliatory needing to relieve pressure on the heart and mind for having been wronged. This is brokenness exposed.  We can’t be confused; there is a biblical standard, and we as the church must address it when dealing with sin. I…

How Much, O Lord? …a devotional call to men for family and church.

You shall love the Lord your God with ALL your heart, soul and mind. Matthew 22:37 calls it the great and foremost commandment!  –Deuteronomy 6:5-9 adds another component key to winning the battle…with all your heart, soul, and might (or strength). It is a command not a request.  An imperative-Not a suggestion or a good idea-but a specific directive given to followers of Christ. For those of you who are parents or leaders of children in any capacity, you know that there were times in life when you DID NOT give your…

The Capacity to Forgive…Choosing the God Peace In a Troubled Marriage

I believe we all have a different capacity for forgiveness. Maybe it is tied all the way back to our parents and how we watched them argue, solve conflict, make up, or move forward after a terrific event in which they clearly abused one another in some remarkable way. I don’t know really if I believe that is where it springs from, or if it comes from a natural inner temperament like being nice or overly generous would. Wherever it abides, it is a deep-seated willingness to “overlook a matter”…