1. There is incredible freedom once you realize the Bible is not kidding about fear and the reasons to not fear. But until then, the only way to function is to go along with the assumptions of the world apart from the wisdom and teaching of the Scriptures.
2. I’m convinced spending time in the Scriptures is good for you even when you are not sure you understand what is going on or what the primary message is. Not because it is magical, but because another Person is involved.
3. I saw someone walk into Costco, grab a TV, and then walk over and pay for it and I wondered what that kind of world is like.
4. Change only happens when we actually want to change. Change requires more than desire, obviously. But never less.
5. We have been enjoying watching WandaVision as a family on Friday evenings. But I was very disappointed for the villain to once again be a Joker-like parody who is funny but cruel but mad but also clever and shows no fear at all. I sometimes wonder if this is why we cannot recognize actual evil out in the real world, because we have been so used to seeing this version of a villain in our entertainment.
6. I love the beautiful smell of baseball season in the air this time of year.
7. The church is rightly concerned about legalism. But I do find it interesting that usually we are worried about legalism in regards to commands that are explicit and repeated throughout the Scriptures. But we never seem to be worried about legalism in regards to evangelism, which after Matthew 28 is never repeated as a command in any of the letters of the NT. But I think we should be worried about that. It is no aberration to hear something like, “If you are aren’t sharing your faith, you need to question your faith.” The Scriptures never, ever say anything remotely close to this. But the Scriptures do bring sexual ethics, anger, generosity, and loving our enemies to bear upon our actual confession. I’m not saying what we call evangelism should never happen, but what I am saying is that it is never a mark of faith or maturity in the Scriptures and to treat it as such is actual legalism.
8. My mom and dad both had terrible singing voices, but I would give anything to stand beside them in church and hear them again. We are a culture fixated on “pretty” which is fleeting and plastic and slick and fades with the seasonal fads. We miss what is beautiful because we have been conditioned to “pretty.” And we need to be aware of this and that is why I Love Bob Dylan. His voice is not pretty but man is it beautiful when he sings,
I was born here and I’ll die here against my will
I know it looks like I’m moving, but I’m standing still
Every nerve in my body is so vacant and numb
I can’t even remember what it was I came here to get away from
Don’t even hear a murmur of a prayer
It’s not dark yet, but it’s getting there
9. I’ve been off Twitter for about two weeks and it’s been good all the way down to my soul.
10. Your “best life now” is confidence in and obedience to Jesus regardless of the suffering it puts you in the path of.