When I was a young adult my mom would tell me, “Stop and smell the roses.” A cute saying but for a young man with goals, I didn’t stop to truly listen – to smell that rose of wisdom she had just shared… foolish me.
Today, ( I do literally mean today – in 90 minutes I’ll be there ) our pastor has organized a solitude retreat. Why? Because, he is an awesome pastor and knows that we don’t stop and smell the roses. Jesus is a rose. I need to slow down and walk with Him and chat with Him, if I really hope to follow Him. My nature is to be running off on some side trail into the woods looking for the next big elusive thing. Jesus is waiting patiently on the path, for me to come to my senses and rejoin Him on the way.
Some conservatives who believe in unrestrained capitalism might have difficulty with this question.
In the 1980 movie Wall Street, Michael Douglas as Gordon Gekko gave a speech – a very interesting speech where he said,
“I am not a destroyer of companies, I am a liberator of them! … The point is, ladies and gentlemen, that greed, for lack of a better word, is good. Greed is right, greed works. Greed clarifies, cuts through and captures the essence of the evolutionary spirit. Greed in all of its forms. Greed for life, money, love, knowledge, has marked the upward surge of mankind, and greed mark my words (will save this company).” Continue reading Is Greed Good?→
Please forgive me. I am a Christian. I love Jesus and follow him. However, I am a logical man and have grown up in modern America where the intelligentsia of our culture embrace naturalistic explanations and views the supernatural as myth. These smart folk have intimidated my faith at times.
Heaven is the ultimate gift Jesus gives us. It has inexplicable value. It is our real home, where love is deep and runs pure. Heaven contains beauty beyond description and joy more full than one has ever experienced. The ones we love most and fear separation from will be there before us or shortly after. But I haven’t fully experienced heaven yet, so I have let those who don’t see or know the author of creation rob me of one of the most precious aspects of that treasure in the field – heaven. Jesus, I do believe but help my unbelief. Continue reading Heaven the ultimate!→
A few years ago, I took a course that was offered at my church. It cost some money and required a commitment. This might turn some people off but truthfully – Doesn’t most worthwhile things in life require both? I have no regrets, and a lot of appreciation. The course was fantastic and the Lord used the course to help grow me.
We are that family has a great list of fun things to do with your family and friends. Most of the ideas won’t bite you in the wallet. Have some fun! I’m thinking of a S’more’s night with our Life Group would be a great fall celebration.
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If you’re in a flowing river, you’ll likely get swept along with the current, even when you’re trying to stay put.
Seeing the obvious excesses can be difficult when you’re in the middle of it all. If we’ve fallen victim to these extremes, we might find ourselves defending them. Let’s look at two, which impact our finances. Continue reading Caught in the Current of Excess→
However, do parents and or grandparents in our day and age sometimes get it wrong? We don’t want to just give a good gift, we want to give the BEST gift and do it NOW. It is so easy to do, even if the money isn’t available, Mr Plastic Payday in your pocket can help you get it now. Continue reading Are you Giving good Gifts to your Children?→
Are you able to learn from others? Even when you disagree with them?
I often formulate my opinion by building a framework of truth in my mind. When I encounter an opinion that differs from mine, I of course, immediately know the other viewpoint is wrong. By definition they’re wrong. How could they be right if they disagree with me? Later, I wonder why my growth has stagnated.