Wednesday, February 3, 2016

"Don't Judge Me!"

"Don't judge me!" is often spouted out either at the end of someone's statement about themselves or as they are partaking of some activity they are self-conscious about. This use of this phrase drives me up the wall because not only do I believe it is used improperly but it has taken on a negative connotation. When someone says this, little do they know that judgement is and has already taken place. People are constantly making judgment or what I've come to understand the word to be "decisions" about things, people and places. Judgment does not always mean condemnation and damnation. It does not always mean someone has delivered bad news or has spoken ill will of and towards you. Judgment simply means a "decision." Now the last time I checked decisions weren't all bad, in fact lots of decisions are favorable and lead to good news. People form objective opinions about things that are amazingly good! Which guess what?... Are judgments! So the next time you think about saying this phrase...think twice because you may be missing out on a favorable compliment or decision someone has made about you ��

P.S. I would be remiss if I didn't bring this back to God...the good news about Gods judgments is that we are given some since of agency in determining the outcome of our final judgment by God. This outcome is largely determined by our decision on whether or not to believe in Christ as Lord. We can make that decision or "judgment" on this side of life. So I encourage you today to judge favorably ��

Monday, January 25, 2016

Verse of the Day

“However, I consider my life worth nothing to me; my only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me—the task of testifying to the good news of God’s grace.”
Acts 20:24 NIV
http://bible.com/111/act.20.24.niv

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Just more powerful quotes from the daily devotional Bible App

"Paul was not given a message or a doctrine to proclaim. He was brought into a vivid, personal, overpowering relationship with Jesus Christ....Paul was devoted to a Person, not to a cause."

-Bible App

Wow as I read this devotion I reflected on the many social justice causes encouraged by seminary, non-profit, and to some degree the local church....how often it is the focus and motivational push to be devoted to justice rather than to Jesus. As I ponder, I gather that oddly enough....if one is devoted to Jesus ....by default one is devoted to justice. Because Jesus is the ultimate avenger, judge, and redeemer to all who are sons and daughters of His kingdom. 

Devotion check.....

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Quote of the Day

"I am worse than useless without God"

-Bible App

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Verse of the day

Human anger does not achieve God's righteous purpose. 21So get rid of every filthy habit and all wicked conduct. Submit to God and accept the word that he plants in your hearts, which is able to save you.

James 1:20-21