Stand Firm!

Stand Firm!

Ever need encouragement to stand firm, to hold your ground, to not give up, to press on?  I do.  I get it from the Lord through Paul’s compelling call to the Corinthians to remember our future, our destiny, and Continue Reading…

A Charitable Prayer

A Charitable Prayer

A prayer to be more charitable.  Given our selfish, sinful nature, living, thinking, and relating charitably with others is not natural or common for any of us.  But we certainly can ask God to help us to Continue Reading…

Do Not Judge Uncharitably (Mt. 7:1-5)

Do not Judge

Believing the best about others is not simply a nice thing to do; it is not optional behavior. It is a way to imitate God and to show our appreciation for how he treats us. God knows Continue Reading…

Our Charitable History

A Charitable History

Is the phrase “Charitable Judgment” new?  Several folks have said to me, “Dave, I’ve never heard of the phrase ‘charitable judgment’ before.  Did you make it up?  No, no, I wish.  I’d like to take credit for it, but Continue Reading…

“A Charitable Judgment” Defined

A Charitable Judgment Defined

I love people with good judgment.  But a judgmental person is another matter.  Nothing worse than someone “filling in the blanks” in an uncharitable way.  So what is a charitable judgment?  Here’s a definition. Continue Reading…

An Uncharitable Priest, Prophet, & King

Priest, Prophet, King

We’re all prone to be uncharitable in our judgments of others.  The Old Testament records a Priest, a Prophet, and a King doing just that—jumping to conclusions and thinking the worst of others before checking out the Continue Reading…

3 Uncharitable Judgments in Genesis

Adam and Eve and snake

All of us struggle with thinking the worst of others (while, of course, thinking the very best of ourselves).  The Old Testament is filled with examples of people “filling in the blanks” with uncharitable judgments that Continue Reading…

Defining “A Charitable Judgment”

Charitable Judgments

Life is fast and furious. It demands much of us.  Choices.  Decisions.  Judgments.  Yet, amidst all this, God calls us to make our judgments without being judgmental.  He longs for us to make decisions without Continue Reading…

Do You Have An Unchartiable Mind?

Uncharitable Mind

We all can use a reminder, now and then, about the incredible power of our minds–for good and for ill.  Let me ask you, “Is your mind charitable?  Or does a Nazi live in your head?”  Never hurts to have a reminder about Continue Reading…

What’s In It For Us?

Peter and Jesus (best)

Ever wonder what’s in it for you, if you choose to make large sacrifices of time, talent, and treasure for the Lord?  Will the Lord repay you?  Will you be rewarded?  Is there a compelling incentive to give up Continue Reading…

Motivation to Keep Working On!

Dave with folded hands 4x3

Everything done for the Lord is noted.  Every act is seen.  Every sentiment is viewed.  Every gesture is recognized.  Every enterprise is noticed.  Every deed is observed.  Every activity is regarded.  Consequently, Continue Reading…

Why Communion Comes Before the Cross

Upper Room

On this Good Friday, before you picture Jesus on the cross, be sure to remember Him first in the Upper Room.  Don’t forget that dinner came before death.  Before we discuss that more, let’s review.  As you know Continue Reading…

Why Belief Is Not Enough. 4 Truths!

Rock Climbing

Beliefs are not enough!  Behaviors and beliefs must go together.  Giving cerebral ascent to truth, but living contrary to it is far too common.  The controversy between Paul and Peter (in the first century) is Continue Reading…

12 Shocking Truths About Our Heart

Sinful Heart

Beware your evil heartBe warned your heart can be incredibly D-structive and D-visive.  Consequently, we’d all do well to give our hearts to God.  We’re designed to open our hearts to Continue Reading…

A Heroic Olympic Virtue We All Need!

Self-Control (Olympics)

God helps us!  We need people with self-control!  Babysitting adults gets old!  Grow up people!  The planet is overpopulated with pubescent people who lack self-rule and self-restraint and sadly require Continue Reading…

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