#28 Releasing Guilt

A couple of weeks ago I published a YouTube video about guilt. If you would like to see that video click here. Guilt is simply judging ourselves wrong or giving ourselves a guilty verdict over and over again. For the righteous, it’s when we perseverate over sin, wrong decisions, or inappropriate actions towards others or even ourselves. In essence, it is not forgiving ourselves. Continue reading

#26 Resurrection Sunday

Happy Resurrection Day! What a glorious occasion – a day we celebrate the risen Savior. It’s the fact that He rose that gives the greatest cause for celebration. Because He rose, we win; because He rose, we have abundant life; and because He rose, we became heirs with Him and secured our seat in heaven. This is cause to celebrate and celebrate I did. Never mind that I was not able to physically kiss my mother or fellowship with my siblings or friends. I was not going to let that stop me from preparing a banquet in honor of this glorious celebration.

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I never imagined that we would be in a quasi-national quarantine. I never could have imagined the physical church doors being closed on Easter Sunday. Afterall, Easter Sunday is one of the most attended church days of the year. Who would have thought this religious practice could have been so interrupted? Across this nation pastors and church leaders have been forced to revamp services to online formats. This season has exposed the religious ritual and misguided belief about “the church”. It is an opportunity to remind us that “we” are the church, not the physical building we visit each Sunday. Yes, we are the bride of Christ and He is always referring to us, individually and collectively, whenever He speaks of the church.

This Resurrection season, we have the time and opportunity to reflect more deeply on the meaning of church and our relationship with Jesus. We can use this time to reflect on God’s desire for us as the “church”. Ephesians 5:25-27 states, “Husbands love your wives just as Christ loved the church and gave Himself up for her to sanctify her, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word, and to present her to Himself as a glorious church, without stain or wrinkle or any such blemish, but holy and blameless.

I pray you are using this time wisely and that you understand more fully that it’s our relationship with God and the cleanliness of our human house that matters more than our attendance at a physical building. If you missed the last article click here.

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Highlights from Today’s Episode:

  • We are the church, not the physical building
  • Use the time we’ve been given to reflect more deeply on your relationship with God

Resources:

  • Ephesians 5:25-27

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#25 Synchronize for Purpose

Announcements:  Reminder: My bible study, “Journey to Purpose”, is available at Barnes & Noble, Amazon (print and e-format), Xulon Press. I’ve provided the links at the end of the page.

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In this age of technology, we have many tools at our disposal that interface to make our lives easier. We have become quite dependent on these tools. We have mobile calendars to remind us of important dates and appointments; mobile personal and business development plans to help us maintain focus and monitor and accomplish goals; fitness tools that help us keep track of our physical activity, sleep patterns, and water intake; and all types of cameras that interface with our computers to help us save important snapshots in time. As wonderful as these tools are, none of the tools or applications will work properly if they do not occasionally undergo synchronization. There are times we receive notifications that we must synchronize devices in order for the devices and applications to continue to work properly. These systems are so sophisticated they will even tell us how long the synchronization will take. Continue reading