I enjoy the comedy of Tim Hawkins. In one of his bits, he talks about preachers, sermons, sermon titles, and sermon series. One of the titles or series he brings up (whether he made it up or this was actually preached somewhere and he heard about it, I don’t know) is called “Content or Discontent: Which Tent Do You Live In?” As I type this, I can think of a few pastors who might be tempted to use that title themselves. It’s a funny way to phrase the topic, and of course Tim got a laugh out of it. I was reading in Ecclesiastes recently and came across this verse (all quotes in this post from the King James Version): “Better is an handful with quietness, than both the hands full with travail and vexation of spirit” (Eccl. 4:6). A little cross-referencing brought up some more verses. “A little that … Keep reading!
If you’ve been looking at the sidebar, you should have noticed posts coming through from my blog about my journey to increase my level of fitness. It’s been an exciting endeavor despite my setbacks and old fashioned laziness. I mentioned in one of my posts over there that it’s taken me over 31 years to get to the level of fitness (or unfitness) that I’m at now, so I shouldn’t expect my situation to be reversed overnight. Losing weight, eliminating body fat, increasing muscle, exercising, and eating right all take time and discipline. The same can be said of our spiritual life. We are told to build our faith “precept upon precept, line upon line” (Is 28:10). Think back to when you first became a Christian and compare your knowledge of and love for God to now. Did you just blush a little at how naive you seemed in comparison? I look … Keep reading!
I’ve had a book on my shelf for several years that I haven’t looked into that much, but it’s a resource I will be perusing as I work on my posts regarding manhood (Biblical manhood, that is). It is called Disciplines of a Godly Man by R. Kent Hughes. I was reading some of the introduction Monday evening and Hughes gave several examples of men we would likely consider to be geniuses, men like Da Vinci, Michelangelo, Hemmingway, Mike Singletary, and Winston Churchill. While these and others were born with natural gifts in certain areas, what makes them stand out is the discipline they forced on themselves which allowed them to become great. One of the Fruits of the Spirit is self-control. I’m pointing the finger at myself just as much as at anyone else when I say it is sad to see Christians struggling with things like obesity, lying, cheating, pornography, … Keep reading!