As I was studying this morning, I was intrigued by this idea of ignorance. What does God think of ignorance? What consequences come as a result of being ignorant? Is ignorance a bad thing?
What is Ignorance?
Ignorance isn’t bliss. Synonyms that will help you understand the idea of ignorance: stupidity, simplicity, darkness, confusion, fog, vagueness, blindness, superficiality. The last synonym really jumps out to me: superficiality.
When we stay on a surface level, we are unable to drench ourselves in the grace of God. When we refuse to engage in deep thought or reflective study of Scripture, we remain on a superficial level concerning the things of God.
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Did you know Paul did not write the book of Romans? I about fell off my chair when I read the following verse this week:
I Tertius, who wrote this letter, greet you in the Lord.
Who Was Tertius?
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3 Ways to Prepare for Faith-Filled Action
3 Ways to Prepare for Faith-Filled Action: Vital Magazine
I’m bewildered by the individuals who seem to have an automatic connection with God. Their life seems perfect; they are always happy. Even when things take a turn for the worst, glimmers of joy radiate from their hearts. The Holy Spirit oozes from their being. How did they get this way?
Their connection with God wasn’t an accidental plug-in. They didn’t haphazardly fall into the perpetual joy that seems to permeate their life. But that’s what we often think, isn’t it?
We tend to believe this: if we read our Bible on occasion and say a daily prayer for protection, then we should be operating on the same spiritual level as those who’ve invested countless hours in practicing spiritual disciplines.
Spiritual disciplines are not restricted to solitary practice, but some disciplines are often practiced in solitude. Solitude is not an anomaly throughout the Scriptures. We read of numerous times when Jesus withdrew himself from people to find solitude with God.
Faith focused in isolation produces faith-filled action.
Continue reading 3 Ways to Prepare to Faith-Filled Action over at Vital Magazine.
If you’ve never been kayaking on Lake Olathe in the middle of the night, you’re missing out.
My friend Pete lived around the bend from the shore and just happened to own a couple of kayaks. Pete was a competitor. Intensity permeated everything he did. He was brawn and I was brain, but it was our competitive spirit and love of laughter that bound us together.
We were friends from a young age. Post elementary school I moved away from Kansas, kissing the sunflowers and wheat fields goodbye and opening my arms to embrace the tumbleweed and poker machines of Northern Nevada. I missed Pete. But with a dash of fate and a pinch of will, I returned to Olathe, having enrolled in the local University. We picked up right where we left off—late night shenanigans, shooting sophomoric films, video games. And it was during one these late nights we hatched the idea to slip our boats into the still, black waters of the Olathe lake.
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4 Spiritual Disciplines You Need In Your Life
Following my morning workouts, I usually head to the coffee shop and reward myself. Recently, it dawned on me, all of my gains from my early morning workouts are undone by a five-minute splurge on a 700-calorie frozen treat. I began to feel defeated, knowing my workout wasn’t making a difference because of my habit.
What Olympic athlete frequents the coffee shop immediately after his workout? Olympians ruthlessly beat their bodies into submission and deny their bodies permission to splurge on natural cravings and desires. Why? Their laser-focused intensity on winning the gold medal drives them to a higher level of performance than most.
My pastor, Ken DeChant, summarizes it like this: Winning requires discipline.
“Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. Therefore I do not run like someone running aimlessly; I do not fight like a boxer beating the air. No, I strike a blow to my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize.” (1 Corinthians 9:24-27)
If you begin to practice these four spiritual disciplines, you will see your life change. You will be training to win, living to earn an eternal reward.
Read the rest of 4 spiritual disciplines you need in your life over at Vital Magazine.
As the angel announced your birth into the world saying, “Glory to God in the highest, and peace on earth,” the focal point of history changed.
So my prayer is simple.
As I celebrate Jesus’ birth this weekend with my family and friends, let the announcement of your birth continue to change me.
You came to bring peace on earth – a complete well-being flowing from restored relationship with you.
Give me peace.
Give me more of your presence as I walk with you each day. In your presence, I can find rest. In your presence, I will know peace.
How many observe Christ’s birthday! How few, His precepts! O! ’tis easier to keep Holidays than commandments.