- 2017Jan 28
On Friday I spent an hour with Chris Fabry on Moody Radio talking about the divisions in the evangelical church over the recent election. How do you get along with people who didn't vote the way you did? That's a big question. Here are a few steps we can all take to build unity even when we disagree. Near the end of the program I shared these 10 principles about pursuing unity when we disagree:
1. You don’t have to answer every question. It’s okay to walk away.
2. Watch your anger—it’s God’s warning light!!!
3. Listen more than you talk.
4. Not your job to convince anyone.
5. Put down your cell phone!!!!
6. Attend to your own soul – means of grace—Bible, prayer, worship, singing.
7. Pray for those with whom you disagree.
8. Focus on the gospel.
9. Be a quick forgiver and be quick to ask forgiveness.
10. Better to love from a distance than to bicker up close.
Click here to listen to the whole program.
- 2017Jan 18
We look at our loved ones dying and wonder if the resurrection can be true. But that's backwards. God says, "Look what I did for my Son. Will I do any less for those who put their trust in Him? Put simply: We do not believe in the resurrection of the dead because of anything we can see with our eyes; everything we see argues against it. People die all the time. There hasn't been a resurrection in two thousand years. No, we believe in the resurrection of the saints because we believe in the resurrection of Jesus. "We believe that Jesus died and rose again and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him" (1 Thessalonians 4:14).
You can read the entire message here.
- 2017Jan 17
"First take the log out of your own eye" (Matthew 7:5).
Christian love is not blind. God never says, “Ignore the faults of others.” But He does say, “Take care of your own faults first.” Look in the mirror! Ask God to show you your sins.
The familiar words of Psalm 139:23-24 come to mind: “Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.” If we would pray that way and mean it, we would do a lot more confessing and a lot less judging.