Destinations

February 27, 2012

Here is a piece about the importance of affirming others, something that I tend to forget. At times I look at someone’s life and see so clearly what needs to be done that I lower my gun and “boom.” In the end I can do more harm than good.

“If we have too much correction, and not enough affirmation, people will stop hearing our corrections; they’ll just tune out.”

We are called to disciple (Read Matthew 28:18-20). How do we do this? Here is some simple direction that would work for all of us.

“What are you waiting for? Know someone who recently came to Christ? Call them up and ask if they want to get together to talk about the Bible sometime.”

How do we reconcile Paul and James? Paul says that we’re justified by by faith while James says we’re justified by works. Here Tim Challies leaning on John Piper grapples with this timeless debate.

These two positions are not contradictory. Faith alone unites us to Christ for righteousness, and the faith that unites us to Christ for righteousness does not remain alone. It bears the fruit of love. It must do so or it is dead, demon, useless faith and does not justify.

So often believers fret over the decisions of life. We want to make wise decisions so that we avoid pain. Who wants pain? But isn’t God watching over us even when we make a poor job choice? Or worse, a bad marriage choice?

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2 Responses to “Destinations”

  1. ancientcures Says:

    I think we all have the tendency to shoot from the hip and fail to give a pat on the back when we can. thanks for the heads up.

  2. Mark Says:

    Al, I couldn’t agree more.


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