Serving

Serving

Seeking first: What are we looking for instead of God?

It’s an offensive question to many Christians. But it’s a fair one, too. I asked the question of myself after reading a commentary on NPR.org about the growing trend of travel sports teams and the rigor of playing year-round sports. Many families participate in these types of leagues thinking they’re providing the best experience for their children — often at the expense of committed involvement in church activities. NPR leads the piece with this provocative introduction: “Think playing on sports’ travel team…

Worn Out and Spent

If we keep our eyes down, we can find them on the sidewalk or in a parking lot. We often have at least one in our pocket and definitely in a purse. Sometimes we put them in a tray on a dresser, or toss them in a jar until they add up. They’re pennies. The shiny ones are, perhaps, on the surface, more attractive. Usually they’re newer, and much less circulated. They haven’t seen too much action, which is why they look so…

Be Excellent for Christ

If we are to mature spiritually, we must strive for excellence. In doing so, we should examine our motives. It should be about exalting God and not ourselves. Pursuing excellence is found in Scripture. Love The Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. —Matthew 22:37-38 First of all, love God. Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is…