Updated: Mar 31, 2021
It has been said that experience is a hard teacher because it gives the test first and the lesson afterward.” I have often learned the following the hard way:
Keep it simple.
Christianity is not about you; It’s about Him.
Jesus is enough; You are complete in Him.
Character and integrity are far more important than talent.
Being in a place of brokenness before God is a precious place to be.
Stuff happens but His grace is sufficient.
All things work together for good to those who love God.
God is faithful even when we are not.
He will never leave you or forsake you.
Jesus knows where you live and has all your contact information.
It’s better to be a Mary than a Martha.
It’s better to serve than to shine.
Church busyness is a poor indicator of Spiritual quality.
An ounce of faith is worth more than a ton of excitement.
Just because it feels good doesn’t mean it is of God.
You reap what you sow.
Choices have consequences.
Judge nothing prematurely.
Guard your words; the tongue can be a deadly weapon.
Be slow to anger.
When you point your finger accusingly at someone, you’re pointing one at them, one at God and three at yourself.
Endeavor to forgive.
Prefer others above yourself.
“Churchanity” and authentic “Christianity” are two vastly different things.
Much of contemporary Christianity is so much more but so much less than what authentic Christianity was meant to be.
Much of today’s so-called worship is more about worshipping worship, worshipping church imitations of secular music, worshipping the worship team's performance or worshipping the emotional high than worshipping the Lord.
Many churchgoers today are more interested in “ear-tickling” than sound biblical teaching. (II Tim.4:1-4)
The early church would not recognize the church of today.
There is no such thing as a must have program, a must-read best-seller, a must experience fad, a must follow celebrity or a must embrace “how to”.
Christian fads often blow in, blow up and blow out leaving an impressive legacy of disillusioned and shipwrecked lives in their wake.
Church hype and sensational movements tend to attract sensation junkies looking for the next fix.
The end of “performance driven”, “purpose driven” Christianity is spiritual burnout.
Adulterating the Gospel with politics is an unholy mix.
If you think you smell a rat then it probably is a rat.
Even in the darkest times God has always had a faithful remnant.
Until you’ve been to the wilderness, experienced the “Dark night of the soul”, rode “Big Red” and weathered the “Winter of Discontent” you will never learn what maturity in Christ is all about.
Jesus has left the building.
You can't take it with you.
Sow lies and you will reap lies; Sow truth and you will reap truth.
I still have so much to learn.