Wednesday, April 01, 2015

The root of sin is self-centeredness. Many sins that we concentrate so hard on getting rid of are not the sins we should be worrying about. They are really the fruit of a self-centered heart. When we are living a self-centered life we should not be surprised about bad fruit in our lives. We were created to have our lives centered on God. Instead we center our lives around ourselves and ask ourselves why something is not right with us. Why can't we keep ourselves under control. I think Zac Poonen answers the question right here.

Monday, January 20, 2014

Knowing you don't know nothing and not knowing you don't know nothing

I am sure someone is going to correct my bad grammar in the title, but at least you understand what I am saying.  I was listening to a sermon on 1 Corinthians 3 tonight.  The point made was that there are people who like to think that they know everything but are the greatest fools.  They are unteachable and hard to get along with.  They won't listen to what you say because they think they know the right answer already.

In reality, they would never hear what you are saying, only what they perceive you are saying that they disagree with so that they can tear it apart.  I have this happen to me frequently when I am trying to share something with a group of people.  Someone, particularly someone younger than me, will say that I am saying something that I am not saying and will tell me how wrong that it is or how silly I am for thinking it.  Then they may tell me that I should go back and read a certain passage or listen to a particular sermon.

The advice this preacher gave is that you can't do anything with a person like that other than taking a hands-off approach.  Leave them alone in their ignorance.  Let them go and don't try to help them see the light.  They are at the point where they are beyond help (at least for now).  Sometimes we think we have done something wrong.  I don't think we have usually.  There may be some unperceived resentment toward us because we remind them of someone they don't like.  Yes.  I know they shouldn't think that way but that is just the way people are, especially immature Christians.  They have not learned much love for others yet and are pretty proud of their own knowledge.

Maybe they feel they have all the answers and are qualified to be everyone's counselor.  It is actually these people who are the most incapable of offering any helpful advice and more often than not, their inner life is a nervous wreck.  Yes, you can pray for them, because in this case they would be considered your enemy.  You can show love to them even when they don't do it in return.  That is what a mature Christian is called to do.

Friday, November 08, 2013

Meeting Needs

When we struggle with sexual sin (or whatever sin which dominates our life) chances are, we are concerned primarily with meeting our own needs.  We have put the focus on ourselves and what we don't have at this particular moment.  For the Christian however, his life is supposed to be focused, not merely on his own needs, but also the needs of others.  Is there any wonder why a Christian is unhappy?  I would venture to say that he is unhappy because he is focused on his needs and why others aren't being considerate of him.  He feels that he has given so much and wants a little in return.  His problem is, not that he hasn't received anything, but the many things he has received he has not been appreciative of.

Man is constantly trying to obtain just one more thing.  Maybe it is a relationship or a possession or some kind of esteem from others.  Whatever it may be, a man will totally discount all his other blessings and destroy his life over the one thing that he has not yet obtained. This is really like spitting at God in His face saying, "I don't care what all you've given me.  I want this!"

Maybe the right prayer to pray isn't, "God please show me your will in this matter."  When you find yourself wanting something you don't have but, "God please show me who you want me to help today."  This is the prayer that God delights in answering.

Thursday, October 31, 2013

What Happens when a Believer Marries and Unbeliever?

What happens when a believer marries an unbeliever?  I think it is an important question to ask yourself if you consider yourself a believer and you want to please God.  If a believer marries an unbeliever one of two things will happen: 1. The believer will be influential in the conversion of the unbeliever and they will live happily ever after.  2. The believer will not be successful in the conversion of the unbeliever and the unbeliever will leave.

You might say, "What about the third option?  You forgot the third!  The believer doesn't convert the unbeliever but they still remain married for the rest of their lives."  Nah.  That's not going to happen.  I will tell you why.  The believer is very boring and repulsive to an unbeliever who is not going to be saved.  Eventually the unbeliever who refuses to repent and believe in the gospel will grow so sickened by the presence of the believer that they will have to separate from them.  I would say this happens quite often (although I have no proof).

What about the title of the blog post?  Why would a believer ever marry an unbeliever in the first place?  Good question.  I believe this might happen because the believer isn't mature.  He marries someone that he/she thinks is so funny or beautiful or smart and "hey, they loves Jesus too!"  For some reason I think if the believer had really examined the life of the unbeliever and compared it to Scripture, he/she wouldn't have married them in the first place.  He/she would have stayed single for a while longer.

The Scripture says however, "God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God and are called according to His purpose".  This means that even a bad thing like divorce will work out for the good in the life of the believer.  The unbeliever...not so much. It is a fearful thing what happens to them.   But the things that happen to a believer happen because of the fact that God has called him for a greater purpose than what he has revealed right now. That is a wonderful thing!  God is infinitely good and he does only good things to those whom he chooses and calls.  Praise Him!

Wednesday, October 30, 2013


Here is all the Nahuatl that I can remember:  Pronounce everything like you would say it in Spanish except for when you see an "h" (then you should pronounce it like you say it in English) and you should do it about right. The nahuatl is presented as how I learned it in the Sierra de Zongolica mountain range in Mexico close to Orizaba, Veracruz.

Hello  = Pahnolti
A greeting in the town of Atlahuilco = Chika-wah-tika
Thank you = Tlasokamati or Klasokamati
You're Welcome = Amitla (this is the word for "nothing" and means, "it was nothing")
Where = Kani
Here = Nika or Nikan
Good = Cuali
Very = Miak
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 = se ome eyi nawi makwile chi-kwasi chi-kweyi chic-nawi matlatle
Neh = I, Me, Myself
Teh = You, Your, Yourself
Where one lives = Nocha (e.g. I am from Atlanta. or I live in Atlanta. = Neh nocha Atlanta)
Get out of here! = Shio de nika! (means, "Away from here!")
You are a witch/sorcerer = Teh tlachiwis
How much? = Ketch

Tuesday, October 29, 2013


This is all the Russian I know, being as I don't know how to write it, only to say a few words that I learned from a Russian friend :)

Hello/Hi  = Previet
How are you? = Kak di la?
Good = Hada sho
Thanks = Spaciba
You're Welcome = Pajousta
I want = Ya jochu
My little = Mayah Malinkayah
    coffee = coyfe
    sweet = slahdast
Small = Malinki
Medium = Sdredñi
My name is... = Miña zabut...
What's your name? = Kak tibiah zabut?
In English...Po amgliski (o in Po is a long o)
Good morning = Dobrey otra (o pronounced like o in do)

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Why is Sin so Important? - Richard Ganz

A friend said to me recently: “You know, this thing with sin really bothers me. Some people are very bad sinners, but other people are not so bad sinners and are really quite good people. What makes sin so critical? Click the link to find out!