1.“Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.” (Galatians 5:19–21 ESV) I think we pick the ones that we don’t do out of this list and ignore the ones we do….and justify them with a veneer of holiness. Sexual sins are the easiest to avoid and the easiest to point out when they are made known. They are not the most dangerous…or common.
2. After three weeks of NFL football, I’m looking forward to hockey season. Go Kings!
3. Late one night when I was in Geneva, I was sitting by myself in St. Pierres Cathedral just allowing myself to be overwhelmed by the setting. After a while a very kind fellow struck up a conversation with me. He was a scholar and professor and after about five minutes it was evident that I was in way over my head as he talked about his particular field of theological research. I was completely lost and embarrassed….and recognizing that he took the time to explain himself in a way I could understand and appreciate. We ended up having a great conversation and I came away blessed by his knowledge and kindness. I came across some of his work online the other day…turns out he’s one of, if not the foremost, scholar in his native country. I learned again that humility is the mark of true greatness in the kingdom of God.
4. Remember the water supply you folks helped build in Mexico? It’s complete! Thank you…
5. We need to speak clearly. The Muslims will exterminate Christianity in the Middle East in the name of their religion unless God intervenes. I don’t give a rats rear end if thats politically incorrect or not.
6. One of the wisest things I was ever taught is that the Scriptures are a mirror to view your own sin in, not a microscope to find it in others. It’s important to use your tools properly…
7. Only in America does being a celebrity automatically infuse you with political and theological acumen. I just don’t get it…
8. There is more power to change your community in your local church than in your state legislature.
9. True Christianity is never a solitary venture…the faith was created to be lived in community. As Eugene Peterson said, “I can’t be me by myself”.
10. From the mouths of babes… The other day Trey said “Sometimes I think I believe in God just so I won’t go to hell”. I’ve failed to give him as many reasons to live for Christ as to die in Him. That…is grave error.