"Christianity is great, but not everything we say or believe about it is necessarily true. Here are the most common stereotypes that Christians have about Christianity that are wrong:
You’re Always Happy: There’s an unhealthy expectation within many faith communities that we’re always supposed to be joyful, as if being anything other than a smiling, peaceful, and jolly spiritual cheerleader is detrimental to Christianity.
Thanksgiving is a wonderful time to reflect on our blessings. We all have our own family traditions. One of our family traditions is to gather in a circle and pray for the meal. Each member will state what he or she was thankful for. I must admit I’m more partial to hearing what our younger members would say. I still chuckle on some things our daughters would say.
What are you thankful for this year? This is a great opportunity to share Christ in conversation. It’s a great way to show everyone Who you believe in and why. You never know…they might want to know a little more about Him also.
Don’t eat too much Turkey today but not worry about over indulging in the Scripture. It ]won’t make you unhealthy; rather it’ll strengthen you. Loosen your belt and “chew” on the word but don’t forget to share!
Ps 107:1 Praise the LORD. Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever.
Suppose today is your birthday. I imagine your family and friends will wish you well and give you presents. How would you feel if you were ignored on your birthday? That wouldn’t be a good thing. Unlike you and I, Christ doesn’t receive any presents on His birthday. In fact, many people really don’t commemorate the occasion. Yet, His birth was the most important birth in history. Even now, He’s often ignored on the day we celebrate as His birth date.
I would encourage you to look and notice whose faces and images you see more of during the Christmas season. The commercialization of Christmas seems to get more ridiculous each year. Help keep Christ in Christmas. The fictitious characters of Santa Claus, Rudolph, and Frosty are simply commercialized Christmas. It’s more of a “Buy-mas” than Christmas. Many people want their children to “believe” in the fantasy of Santa while not teaching them about Christ.
Christmas is less than one month away. Lets use this time to talk about the true meaning of Christmas. Here are some conversation starters:
I’m glad we celebrate Christ’s birthday. I was wondering why you celebrate His birthday?
Since Christmas is about Christ, why do we celebrate everyone but Him?
How does Santa Claus relate to Christmas?
Why are we getting presents on Christ’s birthday?
What is the meaning of Christmas? Is it to buy presents or be thankful for God’s gift to the world?
It’s ironic how Atheistic and unbelievers will celebrate Christmas but don’t want to recognize Christ and the meaning of Christmas. Let’s ensure we teach our family and friends about the real meaning of Christmas. The warm stories and time spent with family is great. However, if we take out or forget Christ then we aren’t celebrating Christmas. We’re just hanging out with family and friends and sharing presents. This year give the best gifts to your loved ones. Give them the knowledge of Christ since He really is the reason for the season. Sorry Santa your gifts are temporary while His is eternal!
Years ago I read a book by Bishop T.D Jakes. He talked about “in between the dashes.” For nearly a decade and a half I’ve pondered those words. I often try to relate to my fellow Christians that we only have a limited amount of time to do what God has called us to do. Recently, I flew across the States to assist in a Home-going ceremony. I’d like to briefly share some of the words with you that I provided the family and friends. I pray the help you also.
Our lives should be marked by several things. Today, we’ll only talk about two of those things. First your life should be one of sacrificial love. Jesus embodied sacrificial love. In John 15:13, we read the words, “No greater love….life.” Let your life’s history reflect this type of love. Sacrifice your current lifestyle to one that is Christ-Centered. You’ll find you’ll have a better life and you’ll change those closest to you. They’ll want to find out more about this better life. Sacrifice your current life to a life that exhibit love to people who might not like you or appreciate you. I must admit, this isn’t always easy for me. Yet, it can be done as we “abide in Christ” (John 15)
Second, you should be a blabbermouth. Yes, you should be like the Samaritan women who met Jesus at the well (John 4:29). After meeting Jesus, she ran back to her town (your family, friends, neighbors, co-workers, etc.) and told them that she “met a man.” Are you telling people about Jesus? If not, why not? Share the Good News with them. You don’t have to beat them in the head and force-fed them the bible. I’m thinking that would be a bit ineffective. God will provide times and situations for you to share the Gospel with them. Your job is to be prepared.
We don’t know the day when our dash will be completed. We do know that the day is coming. As Christians, we know we will be known by our fruit (in simple terms: Our Christ-likeness) (Matt 7:16). We need to ensure it’s not rotten fruit. Let’s live up to the two commandments Jesus told us were the greatest (Matt 22:36-40) and we’ll please God and let the dash take care of itself.
Katie and I celebrated 10 years of marriage this past weekend. Last night we went out to celebrate together and we're talking through the last 10 years, what we've learned, where we've come from. I thought I'd share some of the things we've learned in no particular order:
Deal with your baggage quickly. You will bring baggage into your marriage.