Be Kind and Compassionate
Sadly, the news headlines these past several weeks have been filled with examples of hatred and bitterness both within our country and beyond. Despite how we may feel about certain issues, as God's children we are ALWAYS called to be kind and compassionate to one another. Kindness, or "Chrestos" in Greek, is an adjective which means useful, gentle, pleasant, or kind. Compassionate, "Yoo
We live in a very divisive world. Particularly, Christians a long history of being divisive, over the smallest of issues. In Romans 15:1-13, Paul addresses the need for forbearance. Those who were weak in their faith imposed sets of restrictions, while those who were strong in their faith enjoyed freedom from restriction. Paul called on those who were strong in their faith to bear with the weakness of others. He exhorted those strong in their faith to strive to ple
Today we see how when scriptures, taken out of context and mixed with cultural sentimentality, can have the power to create much harm. Especially when we are called to submit to authorities over us. But submission in the New Testament is never intended to be a one-way street. The Bible calls us to submit to "ONE ANOTHER" out of reverence for Christ. But what does that mean exactly and what sorts of authority does scripture calls us to submit
What an incredible week we've just had at Cave Quest Vacation Bible School! I am always amazed at how much the adults get into it as much as the kids do. As I reflected upon the lessons of this past week, I kept coming back to Psalm 23 and seeing how the VBS themes were reflected within this Psalm.
How we greet one another tells a lot about a community of Jesus followers. Scripture calls us to Greet One Another with a Holy Kiss. But what exactly does that mean? I don't think that we should necessarily go around kissing each other. Now, if we were in France, maybe. But in America, probably not. What I do think it means is that we are to find that pure, honest, and genuine display of brotherly and sisterly affection that meets one another
Words are powerful, in that they can build up or tear down. I'm sure we can all remember as kids when people said things that were hurtful. God's people, however, are to live differently. We are to "encourage and build up one another in love". As we do so, we spur one another on toward love and good deeds, bringing God's kingdom to earth as it is in heaven. Who do you need to encourage today?
In a day and age that seems to focused on our differences, Jesus points us toward a common command to love one another. And as we do so, we will show the world that we are his disciples. That's what we focus on this week as we dive into the many times scripture exhorts us to treat one another in a particular way. But Biblical love isn't the same as our culture's understanding of love which is often based on feelings. Instead, God's love says regar
We live in a world of division and conflict. From infighting in business, to our divisive political arena, to squabbles within families, disharmony permeates our lives. This is nothing new, it is simply more visible. But the early Church avoided such disharmony by devoting themselves to the teachings of the apostles and to fellowship (Acts 2:42-47). As Presbyterians, we understand the importance of study, but do we understand the transformation importance of shar
Being a teenager and exploring faith isn’t always easy, especially in a day and age with so many conflicting messages about faith, identity, and purpose. Throw in the uncertainty of world events with strife among religions and one can see why sometimes our young people question