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Behind The Glass

January 21, 2013 — 3 Comments

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“We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools.” Martin Luther King Jr.

I love to watch children play together before they manifest selfishness, racism, and a host of other fallen world personality reflections.

It’s seems to be a little taste of the God’s future Kingdom manifesting in the now.

It’s a short window, but it seems to exist. Behind the glass is a little taste of heaven. All you have to do is go to a hospital and observe the babies behind the glass of the nursery.  Grown adults from every culture and race can be seen looking through the glass at a community of babies that have yet to learn the voice of a fallen world.

In other words, we learn the language of this fallen world once when come out from behind the glass. I’m not here to debate if we are born this way or learn our fallenness.  I’m sure it’s a combination of both. We are born sinners, and we learn to sin pretty well.

But what if there is another language to learn? What if there is another community to be part of?

The answer to both questions is, there is! It’s called the Kingdom of God. It is God’s rule and reign in the here and now. The resurrection has brought the future forward.

Christ Followers have another language and community that we are part of.

We know there is another Identity that was stamped on us when we gave our life to Christ.

When we were born again into God’s Kingdom, we were called to a Kingdom way of loving and living among the outside others. We were given a new language of love to learn

It’s a community that seeks to live how it will one day fully be when God sets all things right at His coming. Part of that the future is leaking into the present through the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives.

The Kingdom of God is about unlearning our old stamped identity and learning a new way of being human.

The bible ends with a multitude of people and a calm sea of humanity living and worshiping God in their glorified bodies in a world that has finally been put to right forever.

As Christ Followers, We have been called to reflect God’s future Community among the lost of the world. We are God’s love language to the world. We are God’s community that is setting things right. We are God’s temple. Now go live like it.

“Those in whom the Spirit comes to live are God’s new Temple. They are, individually and corporately, places where heaven and earth meet.”
N.T. Wright,

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Is Sex Greener On The Other Side Of The Fence?

The fastest way to destroy your marriage is to allow yourself to fall into an emotional attachment to someone other than your spouse. Nothing can steal intimacy faster than this first step away from the covenant God has placed you in when you took your vows before God and the world. Now, let me say at this point; if you want to comment adultery, it’s your choice…but know this-it’s going to cost you. It will destroy your home and the lives of many around you. There is simply no way around the fact that it will cause pain forever.

Adultery promises fulfillment and excitement that you feel you are not getting at home. The problem is, it always fails to live up to that promise sooner or later. You must remember, love is not a feeling; love is an action that you continually do and feelings are secondary. The green grass on the other side of the fence has the same sun shining on it as the grass you are thinking about leaving.

Please remember, that the decision to cross the fence comes with consequences that are enormous and last for a lifetime. It has been said before, and I agree, “No sex outside of marriage is that good.” That new adventure also has it’s own disappoints of life waiting to show itself soon enough. Those feelings of loneliness, emptiness and boredom that is diving you to pursue someone else…they will soon surface in the next relationship also. The reason why is that those feelings are inside you. In other words, everywhere you go, there you are.

It’s a fact that most people don’t set out to commit adultery. They let down their guard, and they generally drift out to sea until land seems to far to return to. It’s like the frog place in warm water: you turn up the temperature little by little until the frog is cooked. The frog just thinks it’s having a warm bath but the truth is he is being killed.

Allow me to give you three things that will help you to remain faithful and keep you from wreaking you life and others.

1. Keep the marriage bed on fire and purse each other

Take the time to talk with your spouse about your needs, wants and desires. Share with each other what you are looking for in the bedroom. Come to an agreement for the sake of the marriage, your kids and God. Submit to each other the bible teaches us. Cultivate romance in your relationship again. I would encourage you to pursue your spouse the way you did when you first started dating. If you are not still dating your spouse, you need to restart that as fast as you can. Get a baby sitter and leave the kids at home. Go to a movie and a meal. Hold hands and look into each other’s eyes. Talk about the beauty of the past and dream with each other about the beauty of the future.

2. Close the door on your heart to any other except your spouse

Make yourself accountable to a friend that will ask you about your flirting with others. Be open and honest with them and ask them to pray and ask you regularly about it. The bible teaches us that faithful are the wounds of a friend. Trust me, you need someone in your life that will speak truth without watering it down. You eyes are the gateway to the heart. Give your eyes back to your spouse and that feeling of him or her no longer having your heart will return like a flood.

3. Don’t deny you are being tempted

You and your spouse need to make a decision that you can freely and opening talk about your temptations. Temptation is not wrong. Temptation is not a sin. However, once you act on temptation sin is birthed. If you were at the office and someone was flirting with you or you were flirting with them…when you get home sit down and talk about it. You and your spouse need to decide in advance that these kinds of talk can and should take place without judgment. Confession can be risky, but the truth is, they can also save your marriage before it is too late.

Finally, if you are on the other side of adultery and have divorced and maybe even married again, and then grace and mercy from God is there when you repent of your sin. My advice would be this…go to the top of the post and read it again. Don’t commit the same SIN again.

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You know how some people can just rub you the wrong way? You know what I’m talking about, don’t you? You see them coming, and you know they’re going to talk forever, and it’s going to drive you nuts. Your mind races with ways to avoid another conversation with them. Your thinking to yourself, “Can’t they just find someone else to talk with?”Let’s face it, all of us have been there and we all know a person in our life that fits that description. So…what do you do? Allow me to share 3 thoughts.

1. You are THAT PERSON to someone else. (Booh-Ya!)

There are people who see you coming and think to themselves, “Can’t they just find someone else to talk with?” That’s correct…you are not the center of the universe, and you are not perfect either.

2. Instead of thinking they are coming to you again, think of them as being sent to you again.

God is always at work, and He is in all things. Instead of trying to figure a way out of the conversation, try to find where God is working in their life, and help them see it.

3. God might be sending them to change you, instead of you changing them. (Just saying.)

Sometimes, God uses people we don’t click with to change a click in us.  I’ve learned that instead of worrying about the other person, I should be asking myself, What’s in me that makes me want to run the other way when I see this person coming? I think if all of us would slow down, and do that one little thing, we might just find the trouble is really with us, and maybe not with them.

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1. I was once arrested at Myrtle Beach and left by my friends for many hours while they had pizza before they picked me up.
2. I have many tattoos and yes I will be getting more.
3. I still love reading the bible just for me and not Just for finding a sermon. (But it’s not easy)
4. I love playing the drums in my bedroom and closing my eyes and remembering the 80’s…just saying.
5. I constantly think about the second coming of Christ, when all things will be set right once and for all! Yeah come on!
6. I desperately want to clean my garage but it’s just too overwhelming. Not to mention, if I cleaned it up I’m sure I couldn’t find anything.
7. I’m not afraid of man or beast but let me see a little mouse and I’ll go girl on you big time.
8. I love to shout random words and phrases while shopping with my kids. They hate it! I love it!
9. I love sushi so much I could eat it almost everyday. (Send me gift certificates for sushi if you like)
10. I truly miss surfing California waves! The East Coast has nothing!!!

Stay tuned!…more to come.