Pastors love to talk about the good things. It’s those pesky little annoyances of bad things that are always troublesome at the pulpit. I’m speaking here of suicide.
"If a man divorces his wife and she leaves him and marries another man, should he return to her again? Would not the land be completely defiled? But you have lived as a prostitute with many lovers— would you now return to me?” declares the Lord. -- Jeremiah 3:1 (NIV)
Double standards don’t make sense. They just never add up. Especially when they are applied to spirituality.
Reading matters. Can you really argue that?
But how much does it matter? Here’s a statistic for you: According to a UNESCO report, a child who is born to a mother who can read is 50% more likely to survive past the age of 5. Why is this? You can argue the rationale for hours, but the fact is: education helps.
You study the Scriptures diligently because you think that in them you have eternal life. These are the very Scriptures that testify about me -- : John 5:39 (NIV)
We are saved by grace. Not by law. That is central to the theology of Christianity.
You open a website and see the hungry and adorable eyes of child who only wants one thing: to be loved. How can you not want to wrap your arms around them?
Do everything in love -- 1 Corinthians 16:14 (NIV)
Think hard about this:
Have you ever heard someone see a Jew or a Muslim or a Hindu or INSERT ANY RELIGION HERE do something that makes them look like a jerk, and then heard a person say, “It figures that they are a Jew or Muslim or Hindu.”
You probably don’t have to think that hard because I can almost bet you money the answer is no…unless that person is a Christian. If a Christian is a jerk, you're almost certain to hear at least one person say, “It figures that they’re a Christian.”
Doctors aren’t always right. They don’t have all the answers. They misdiagnosis. I believe that “sometimes” alternative medicine, such as acupuncture, helps—and even solves the problem. BUT, this kind of treatment is also not always right.