Articles of interest

I stumbled on “Christianity 9 to 5” Journal today, a publication of Charleston Southern School of Business. These three articles, I hope, give you some insight, wisdom, and application of / about God’s word:

Best( and Worst) Practices for Communicating with Non-Christians” by Tim Downs

“Ten Commandments for Difficult Conversations” by Dr. Michael Zigarelli

“Cut off by a Little Fish” by Dr. Michael Zigarelli.

“Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts.” – Deuteronomy 6:5-6 (qtd. by Jesus in Matt. 22:37)

We are to worship God with all that we do. “So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.” – 1 Corinthians 10:31

What does this mean? It means that we’re to represent the tireless love, compassion, and mercy God shows us each day. It means that we risk our reputation in order to love someone and struggle with them. It means that we lower ourselves from a lofty, perceived self-righteousness in order to hurt, empathize, and share in the pain felt by those hurting.

I’m all too guilty of being above crises of faith and hope. It’s all too often easy for me to give a simple answer, a short spiel, a pat response. No one’s looking for a sermon when they’re hungry. No one’s looking for a rebuke when everyone else has quashed their ambitions.

Our “relevance” to this world has not diminished because we don’t “get” culture. Our “relevance” to this world has diminished because we say something and we don’t live it. The crux (no pun intended) of our faith is built on the hope that, in our own journey, we stumble…a lot. Our strength is found in admitting that we are in need of God’s saving grace, that we depend on Him for structure and guidance in our lives, and that we do tread cautiously, seeking His will for our lives. Without a thorough re-examination of our lives and staking ourselves to the sacrifice of our will, we cannot ever hope to attain “relevance” in this world.

I encourage you today, if you don’t know the great plans God has for you, if you don’t know for sure that you have been bought from sin, from destruction, from eternal death by the power of Jesus – I invite you to read his covenant to us – the Holy Bible. In it is a love story beyond your wildest dreams. Even after His love rejects Him completely, He reaches out to the scope of our understanding and dwells amongst us to reconcile us to Him. We’re all looking for someone to love. I’m glad that I’ve found His love, and I sincerely pray that, if you don’t know that kind of love, the love that reaches out into your hurt, your disillusionment, and your pain – that you will find it today.

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