If You Are a Christian, Please Stop Doing These 5 Things

1. Telling people “I’ll pray for you” without actually praying for them. Guilty as charged. I can’t think of anybody who hasn’t done this at one time or another. And while most of us don’t actually mean to forget, it’s probably best that we just set aside time on the spot to pray for people. Are we really so busy that we can’t stop and pray for someone’s needs? We need to make sure we are fulfilling our duties as Christians and actually follow through with them. One prayer could be the tipping point to someone coming to know the love of God. Don’t miss the opportunity to speak life into someone because you don’t think you have time.

Source: If You Are a Christian, Please Stop Doing These 5 Things

Side note:

When someone ask you to pray for them it is handy to have a notebook ready. Write down their name, just their first name will do if they want to remain anonymous, and the reason they want prayer to make sure that you don’t forget.
I also have had business cards that have my contact info, and my website address on them.  That way they can contact you with questions about your faith, or to give you an update on their prayer request.

Being Rebuilt

brcslewis
“Imagine yourself as a living house. God comes in to rebuild that house. At first, perhaps, you can understand what He is doing. He is getting the drains right and stopping the leaks in the roof and so on; you knew that those jobs needed doing and so you are not surprised. But presently He starts knocking the house about in a way that hurts abominably and does not seem to make any sense. What on earth is He up to? The explanation is that He is building quite a different house from the one you thought of – throwing out a new wing here, putting on an extra floor there, running up towers, making courtyards. You thought you were being made into a decent little cottage: but He is building a palace. He intends to come and live in it Himself.”
― C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity

Love your Enemies

Matthew 5:43-44 English Standard Version (ESV)

Love Your Enemies
43 “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ 44 But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,

People are quick to blame Christians for many of the evils in this world, but real Christianity at least attempts to love their enemies. When innocent people get murdered, it isn’t love, therefore it isn’t Christian, and Christianity can’t be held responsible.
Christians are people too, we mess up. Sometimes we mess up badly. Those persons can be held accountable, but if their actions go against what the Bible says, Christianity can’t be blamed.

graphic6_738x90

Is there ever a good reason to use a gun?

Should this frightened woman protect herself, or let some creep kill her?
Should this frightened woman protect herself, or let some thug kill her?

To hear some people talk, there is absolutely no good reason to own, or shoot a gun. If that were true a bad guy could go into a school, with a gun, while loaded down with ammunition, and the moral thing to do would be to let the bad guy kill hundreds of kids.

Any view that believes that the death of hundreds of innocents, is better than the death of one bad guy, is repugnant!

I know some would say that you could call the police to stop the shootings, but the police would use guns to end the shooting as well. If it is wrong to use guns to defend yourself, it is also wrong to ask police to defend you as well.

When the Columbine school shootings occurred the shooters had been in the school for 50 minutes. Do you realize how many people two bad guys can kill in 50 minutes? If Eric Harris, and  Dylan Klebold’s day had gone as planned hundreds more would have been killed with the various types of homemade bombs they made. Could it really be considered moral to let this behavior go on while waiting for the police to come in and put a stop to it?  I don’t think so!

Killing is always a sad thing, it doesn’t matter what tool was used to do the killing, it could be poison, a baseball bat, a car, I once even heard of a person murdered with a weed eater! But it is considerably less sad when a few bad guys get killed, then it is when innocent people are killed. The sooner the bad guys are stopped, the fewer innocent people get killed. If the bad guys are given enough time they could actually get away and kill even more people at a later date before they get caught. It should be a simple matter, stop the bad guys in any way possible, using guns, if necessary.

It’s funny that the same people who complain about the violence in the Hebrew Testament, say that God would never endorse violence, even in matters of self protection.
The God of the Hebrew Testament and the God of the New Testament are the same God, so at best they have to give up one of their objections, is God against all violence, or is he ultra-violent?
.

Feel free to comment with opposing viewpoints.

A share isn’t a shortcut for prayer!

shareprayer   I know that the people who create memes that say “One share equals a prayer” probably mean well, but meaning well and doing well are two different things sometimes. This is one of those times! Why on earth would you rather share a post, than talk to the creator of the universe? Jesus wants you to talk to him, and draw closer to him, but these memes are like giving someone a picture of chocolate, rather than giving them actual chocolate.
Give Jesus the real thing, not just a picture of it. Jesus is worth more than a push of a link!

If you need help with your prayer life, please consider this book

The Battle Plan for Prayer: From Basic Training to Targeted Strategies
It was inspired by the movie War Room, by the  Kendrick Brothers