Jesus is the same yesterday and today and forever. Yes he is eternal, but he is the same today as he was when he walked the earth.
The road to hell is paved with good intentions, or so that is what the saying says, Don't wait until tomorrow to act. Act today.
Christianity built massive and gorgeous cathedrals, towering over their culture showcasing their beauty and Christian symbols. Many of these cathedrals were so big, however, that they their roofs simply could not support themselves. Because of this, these cathedrals relied on big exterior extensions, known as flying buttresses, to support their roofs. This made me wonder how many of us our more like these cathedrals than Solomon's temple. Depending on other things to hold us up, such as pastors, family, friends, activities, or ministries.
My children continue to teach me daily so many things fundamental to life and faith. I have wrote before about how Carter has taught me to always remain joyful in my prayers and walk with God - which is extremely fitting for the holiday season. Yet, they teach me so much more than I could ever put into words. As I was reflecting on things this morning, I saw the obvious love shared between the amazingly beautiful children Taylor and I are raising.
Richard Niebuhr wrote a book about a century ago looking at Christ, culture, and how the two should interact in our lives. The purpose was to look at Christ's example for us in Scripture and what then we as Christians two millenniums later should interact with culture. It is a spectrum of five different choices which Niebuhr lists ranging from the extremes of being against culture and of culture. On the one hand, we have groups like the Amish and Mennonites who completely separate themselves from society, and on the others we have a group of believers so immersed in society that they cannot even be recognized.
We live in a world where honesty is rare. Before you write me off and say this is not true, think of how flimsy commitment is in our generations. We make commitments that we are willing to cancel when something better comes up. What happened to the old saying of your word is all you have?