Intolerance

In the midst of the valid outcry against actual religious bigotry and a judgmental spirit, we, as Christians, may lose focus of the reality that we follow a man who claimed divinity and made exclusive statements such as: “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” Though the … Continue reading Intolerance

Security

“O my Strength, I will sing praises to you, for you, O God, are my fortress, the God who shows me steadfast love.” -Psalm 59.17 There are many unknown factors in our lives – so much that can bring anxiety, frustration, weakness, sorrow, or depression. When we look at the circumstances of life – the … Continue reading Security

Nominalism

Many prominent speakers, authors, pastors, etc. in the Christian community have rightly denounced nominal “Christianity” as simply a culturally acceptable, religious philosophy rather than true Christianity – the way of Jesus. However, because the church itself emphasizes the religious service rather than the development of depth in our relationship with God and others, it is … Continue reading Nominalism

Stop Saying Words

There seems to be little “Christian” music that is able to successfully communicate accurate theology written in easily understood lyrics with at least “good” musical quality. However, I’ve found that the band, Tenth Avenue North, has consistently written songs which have seemed to specifically address my personal struggles, temptations, weaknesses, confusion, and failure while pointed me … Continue reading Stop Saying Words

Why I Changed the Words When Singing Worship Songs

Has anyone else noticed that most worship songs are written in the first person singular? Granted, each person’s varied church experience will influence the types of worship songs they sing, but lately I’ve noticed that almost every worship song I’ve been singing was laced with “I”, “me”, “my”, etc. There is not necessarily anything inherently wrong with … Continue reading Why I Changed the Words When Singing Worship Songs

Life without Control

Whether it be a micro-managing boss, an overprotective or demanding parent, a nagging spouse, a clingy friend, or your child who knows just what buttons to push with you, nobody appreciates these kinds of people who attempt to control our lives. This is often the reason for “teenage rebellion” – the desire to break free … Continue reading Life without Control

Reflect

“I will ponder all your work, and meditate on your mighty deeds.” -Psalm 77.12 Often, the busyness and endless distractions of the day take precedence over quiet reflection on the things of God. We may even be engaged in “spiritual” activity such as reading scripture, listening to a sermon on podcast, or singing worship songs while we drive … Continue reading Reflect

Focus

“May the Lord direct your hearts to the love of God and to the steadfastness of Christ.” -2 Thessalonians 3.5 When we are faced with difficulty – unfair treatment from others, temptations that are constantly present, relationships that are strained and broken, or any other situation that seems impossible to overcome – we tend to easily focus on … Continue reading Focus