PURE AND UNDEFILED RELIGION
Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.
James 1:26 (emphasis added)
The other week I was driving with our three daughters. My wife was absent, but we pulled up to an intersection where a homeless gentleman was panhandling. Bypassing my usual excuses, I rolled down the window and passed him a few dollars. Really, just a few dollars. I wasn’t thinking too much about it, and I don’t usually give to panhandlers, telling myself they will use it to fuel addiction. While that very well may be true, for some reason I felt bad and gave the guy a few bucks.
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“If our culture is to be transformed, it will happen from the bottom up – from ordinary believers practicing apologetics over the backyard fence or around the barbecue grill.”
Most of you are probably familiar with the phrase “separation of church and state.”
This idea was drafted into the Constitution in order to prevent the government from forcing any religious preference on any segment of the population. Continue reading “FAITH IN A BOX”
I woke up this morning to a text message. I opened several applications before getting out of bed. Oh, and I answered that text message. At work, I turn on Spotify while I get blasted with e-mails, text messages, phone calls (one ear bud in while on the phone. Come on, you do it too). I get a second to take a break, so I pop open some social media apps and maybe take a peek at the news. I’m annoyed by the advertisements I’m forced to look at and listen to. I’m also annoyed by most of the vapid content. When I get home from work I usually open those same apps. I might check the news at dinner. My applications are once again draining battery before bed.
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