How To Not Commit Adultery

Adultery is an unpleasant subject.

The secular world, attempting to assuage its collective conscious, deals with this unpleasant subject by calling it “an affair.”

An “affair,” you see, is trivial, a mere fling. Nothing to see here. Move along.

True Jesus-followers are usually savvy enough to avoid this secular word play and see it for what it is—an attempt to render amoral one of the most destructive relational acts known to man by a linguistic slight of hand. But then they often make a different mistake, a mistake which is equally offensive to the Truth.

That mistake is calling the process that results in infidelity as “falling into adultery.” I suspect they do this to not sound judgmental toward the adulterer. “You see, he didn’t really mean to hurt anyone. He fell into adultery.”

The problem here is that people do not “fall into adultery.” People fall into manholes; they commit adultery.  Continue reading “How To Not Commit Adultery”

How Good Are You?

I used to get very frustrated on the golf course, I’m getting better though. I began getting better when I changed my thinking.

I once made four birdies in the first six holes I played. Then I made a ten on the tenth hole and ended up shooting 77, a pretty bad result considering I was four under after six holes.

The problem was I knew I was capable of playing six holes four under par and thought that’s who I was, rather than the golfer who was capable of making a ten on a hole.

The difference between me, or any decent amateur golfer, and Tiger Woods is not the quality of our best shots but our worst ones. My best shot is as straight as Tiger’s best shot. The difference is my bad drive goes out of bounds while Tiger’s trickles into the rough. My bad bunker shot doesn’t get out of the bunker; Tiger’s ends up ten feet from the hole.

Who I am as a golfer is not determined by the quality of my good shots but the quality of my worst ones. The same is true of who we are as people.

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10 Things God Loves

A few days ago, I blogged on 10 things God hates. Thanks to Jesse for a comment in response to that blog suggesting I blog on things God loves.

One way you can become more like Jesus is by hating the things He hates and loving the things He loves. The more you know about someone’s likes and dislikes the better you will know them.

As you go through the lists in these two blogs, consider why God hates what He hates and loves what He loves.

Here are 10 things God loves, in no particular order:
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An Integrity Test

How much integrity do you have? I’ll give you a test in a minute to help determine that but first a word about integrity.

Integrity means doing what you say you will do. The level of your integrity is commensurate with the value of your word.

The Lord has perfect integrity. He always does what He says He will do.  (Isaiah 55:11).

Thus, when you do what you say you are going to do you are like God. It’s tantamount to prophecy. You say something will happen. It happens. You say you will call someone back tomorrow, you call them back tomorrow. You say you will be home by 6:00 p.m. and you are home by 6:00 p.m. You say you will meet a deadline at work and you meet the deadline.

If you do that long enough, people will begin to entrust you with people, money and other responsibilities because you accurately predict the future. What you say happens.

So, how do you determine whether you have integrity? Continue reading “An Integrity Test”