The Poor Will Always Be With Us…
I’ve heard it said more than once that the poor will always be with us. This phrase originates from Matthew 26:6-13, where Mary anointed Jesus’ feet with expensive perfume. The problem, though, is how the phrase is used. In this passage, I could easily see myself reacting like the disciples. They were indignant over Mary’s use of the perfume. She could have sold it and used the money to help the poor! Jesus, however, being his wise self, went on to say, “Why do you bother the
Should Christians Judge?
If you are like me, then you have heard countless times comments like, “Christians aren’t supposed to judge” or “the Bible says not to judge”. Well, how often do we say that something comes from the Bible but we cannot actually give any references? Let’s look at the most common Scriptural argument for this subject. 1“Do not judge, or you too will be judged. 2 For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. 3
Keeping Up in Ministry
We have bred in our culture the idea that we always have to “keep up” in ministry. We must follow the latest trends, buy the newest lights, and constantly add programs in order to keep up with everyone else around us. We spend our resources in an effort to keep in step with everyone else and make sure we are up-to-date as the people of God. For some reason, I felt the need to start reading Daniel again this week. And God showed me something I had never seen before in the firs
Beauty in Mourning
“It is better to go to a house of mourning than to go to a house of feasting…” “Sorrow is better than laughter…” “The mind of the wise is in the house of mourning…” At first it seems like I could be in depression and writing about my sorrows, but each of the above statements is taken directly from Ecclesiastes 7. As I read these verses yesterday, I began to ask myself why Solomon would say such things. However, as it often goes, if you continue reading you find the answer. “F