What getting angry, scared or despondent says about us.

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When something touching an idol in our lives the three most common reactions are anger, fear and despair. It’s sadly ironic that the reactions that we get from having an idol in our life be threatened that we respond in anger, fear and despair which each drive us deeper into our idolatrous behavior.

How we stop short in the debate on Christians and alcohol

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I came across this article on Facebook “Can a Christian drink alcohol?” It did a fine job of warning people of the very real dangers of alcohol. It’s important people need to hear those dangers loud and clear. Alcohol when abused causes much pain. My grandfather was an alcoholic and was apart of AA his whole life. I understand.

The problem with the debate of alcohol is every person I have heard preach against it has stopped short of the real problem alcohol represents. In stopping short they make alcohol out to be evil when there is nothing in scripture or in 2000 years of church writing that would show alcohol as evil. Alcohol is not evil the abuse of it is. The inordinate reliance on it is. Alcohol does not ruin marriages as the author of the above link purports. It’s something far more sinister that ruins marriages.  Just talking about the negative side effects of alcohol as he does isn’t even intellectually honest.

Funerals are mandatory weddings are optional.

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Funerals are mandatory weddings are optional. – Mayor Giuliani

I read this 12 years ago and have never forgot it. It comes from Mayor Giuliani’s book on leadership. Up until that point I had avoided funerals. Funerals are difficult. It isn’t easy to be confronted with your own mortality on a regular basis.  Rudy Giuliani’s quote is  actually a restatement of Ecclesiastes 3:2-4

2 Better to spend your time at funerals than at parties.
    After all, everyone dies—
    so the living should take this to heart.
Sorrow is better than laughter,
    for sadness has a refining influence on us.
A wise person thinks a lot about death,
    while a fool thinks only about having a good time.

3 quick keys to better blogging

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One question I get asked quite often is about blogging? How do you post so often? How do you have time? I started a blog a while back but haven’t posted in a few months. I thought I would talk about blogging this week take on a few of the common questions I get and try to explain where I am coming from so as an introduction of sorts I thought I would give you three quick keys to better blogging.

Mark Holmen – God is on the move

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The last main session was by Mark Holmen his website is Faithathome.com. He shared a much needed challenge to join a movement that extols the value of family in church and at home. Below are some of the comments from his session.

The problem with Christianity is not what happens at church it’s what’s not happening at home. 

Deuteronomy 6:4-13
“Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one.[b]You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.

10 “And when the Lord your God brings you into the land that he swore to your fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give you—with great and good cities that you did not build, 11 and houses full of all good things that you did not fill, and cisterns that you did not dig, and vineyards and olive trees that you did not plant—and when you eat and are full, 12 then take care lest you forget the Lord, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery. 13 It is the Lord your God you shall fear. Him you shall serve and by his name you shall swear.