The Ego Factor

It seemed ridiculous to the young man. Why did I think that his relationship with a younger female was toxic? After all, he knew what he was doing. He was just providing encouragement to someone who was really struggling with life. Harmless it would seem … except that the addiction of the young man was ego. The starry eyed response of the young lady drove something inside of him to new heights—heights that he would try to maintain over the next few days and weeks. Where would that journey take him? Possibly to something illegal and damaging for life? Facebook. Snapchat. Twitter. Etc. So many people live out a petty show of emotional stuff for the world to see. With a few manipulat

We Don't Get to Choose

I was speaking with another pastor last week about a hotly debated issue of today. My response was “We don’t get to choose how we worship God.” How would my wife respond to me if I told her she had to accept whatever I thought was loving as my offer of love? Is it not better if I found out from her what makes her feel loved? Even so God gets to tell us what it means for us to worship Him. The desire to worship as we choose started early in human existence. In the story of Cain and Abel, Cain brought “an offering of the fruit of the ground” (Gen. 4:3). We don’t know the whole story, but for some reason, God did not accept the offering of Cain. There is a verbal clue in the text that Ca

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