Monday Motivation: The Witness of Persecution

Do you know what blows my mind? Jesus tells us "Blessed are you when people revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad" (Matt 5:11-2, NRSV). Paul seems to be saying the same thing in Philippians 1:29. James is telling us that in James 1:2-4 and Peter says it in 1 Peter 3:14. Why is persecution a blessing or a good thing? Well, there are a number of things I can tell you, but one of the positives of persecution is that it bears witness to our faith.

Authentic: Reaching the Generations as the Church

For years now the church has been focusing on reaching Millennials. This is not a bad thing, as they are now the largest generation in the working force, but what about Generation Z? Generation Z, also known as iGeneration, Homeland Generation, Centennials, and Post-Millennials, is on pace to surpass my Millennial Generation in population very soon. So who is Generation Z and how do we reach them?

The Reason for the Season

We have grown up hearing for a long time. I know it is something I have been hearing my whole life. But what is the reason for the season that we are remembering? Should we remember our best gifts we have given or the best we have received? Should we remember time with our family or the food which we ate? Should we remember the lights and decorations or the American traditions? Should we remember Santa Claus or sweet baby Jesus? And should we remember Jesus coming down to earth or should we be awaiting his second coming? To make the answer simple, yes. These are all good things to remember. Christmas is a great time for family and the American traditions we have are not bad. But we also should remember that there is no Christmas without Christ and he cannot take the backseat in our Christmas holidays.