A lesson from Newtown, CT

Two things before I begin this post…

First, my condolences to the community of Newtown, Connecticut. The tragicloss of life of so many children and adults is both incomprehensible and reprehensible. Although there is no way to empathize with the grief of those families who have lost loved ones, my prayers are with this small community.

Second, this post is not an attempt to politicize an issue. I am merely expressing my own personal thoughts and reflections that stem from such a sad tragedy.


Why honor is so important for a church, part II

Honor everyone. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the emperor. 1 Peter 2:17

There is a segment of Christianity who feels that only God deserves honor. However pious this may sound, the Bible makes it evident that we demonstrate honor to God by following his word, which clearly states that we should honor everyone. This would be an indictment against such behaviors as gossip, hate, slander, murmuring, rebellion against godly pastors, etc. If we truly want to honor God, then we must demonstrate honor, again defined as demonstrating respect to someone because of the high respect we have for them.


Why honor is so important for a church, part I

“This people honors me with their lips, but their heart is far from me…” Matthew 15:8

There comes a moment in the life of every Christian where we need to decide if we will follow a self serving religious path or the path of discipleship. One creates a false sense of our own self in Christ, while the latter pronounces that following Jesus requires the ultimate sacrifice: putting your desires aside for the sake of Christ.

It is imperative to acknowledge the truth in Jesus’ words. It’s true that there are people who exist who are satisfied with singing the songs and who avoid the Christian stigmas of cursing and drinking. Yet their hearts do not reflect a life that honors God– that desires to live out the meaning of the words they sing on Sunday.

The thesaurus reveals the word honor to have several synonyms, such as to esteem, respect, to pay homage to, or to assign high value towards. In Greek, honor is translated from the word “timao” which Strong’s defines as “to prize, i.e. fix a valuation upon; by implication, to revere.” In sum, to honor something is to demonstrate respect because of the high value we place on something or someone.


Right Faith (orthodoxy) and Right Action (orthopraxis)

There are two important elements to faith that one should hold onto, being orthodoxy and orthopraxy. Defined simply, orthodoxy is right belief while orthopraxis refers to right action. One essentially holds a position to be true with the other acts in accordance to right position.


The joy of the Lord is my strength!

“Though the fig tree should not blossom,
nor fruit be on the vines,
the produce of the olive fail
and the fields yield no food,
the flock be cut off from the fold
and there be no herd in the stalls,
 yet I will rejoice in the Lord;
I will take joy in the God of my salvation.
God, the Lord, is my strength;
he makes my feet like the deer’s;
he makes me tread on my high places.”

–          Habakkuk 3:17-19

This verse has taken up a special meaning in my life lately. At night, I’ve been meditating on it and have come to realize (once again) that no matter what I might be going through at the moment, God is still good! No matter what happens, the Lord gives us joy through our salvation.