Archive for December, 2009
You know him as Tiger Woods and today is his 34th birthday. Surely you have heard of the recent scandal . . . no, lets get a biblical clue and call it sin, that has surfaced in Tiger’s life which has cost him dearly in regards to his reputation, his family, and his fans. But most of all what is reflected in the events (sins) surrounding his life is his shallow view of God and the belittlement of his His great Name.
As 2010 approaches my wife and I are deciding on which daily Bible reading plan we are going to use. I would encourage you to pick a plan for reading this year if you do not already have one. A plan is useful for a number of reasons. A plan allows you to read through the Bible in a year. It helps you keep track of where you are in the Bible. It also, and perhaps most important, eliminates the guess-work of your devotional time. Without a plan it is more difficult to sustain quality reading throughout the year. You will skip parts that seem uninteresting to you or difficult to understand. You may attempt to read cover to cover, but I know few people who are able to do this. Usually Leviticus wrecks their good intentions! Here are a few plans that I know of.
You can suffer in one of two ways. Whether or not you will suffer is not in your control. Face it, you are going to suffer! Many Christians spend the bulk of their time trying to avoid suffering. This is certainly a healthy thing to do, no one wants to hurt. But many Christ followers buy into the American idea that suffering is some strange phenomenon that is not supposed to interrupt our comfortable lives. Trials and hardships often seem out of place for us. We forget that Jesus said we will have problems in this world (John 16:33, Matthew 6:34). We forget that Paul said if anyone wants to live a godly life, he will be persecuted (2 Tim. 3:12). Peter warns us not to be surprised at the trial that comes upon us, as if something strange were happening (1 Pet. 4:12). At some point, if we are not careful, we can feel entitled to a life of comfort and ease. But we are not. We are going to suffering, hurt, face trials, endure stress, go through pain, and have our faith stretched and tested. So we can suffer in two ways.
Follower of Jesus. Husband to Heather. Father to Cross and Rhyse. Owner of Baggins. Pastor of Metro East Baptist Church