Life Principles of the Gospel Man Part 1

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“If you can keep your head when all about you are losing theirs…”-Rudyard Kipling

Ole Rudy was on to something.

If you have never done a self-evaluation to determine whether you are a “glass half empty” or a “glass half full” kind of person, you should do it.  You may need to get really vulnerable and transparent and ask the people around you, closest to you—those you trust.  The fact is, pessimism is a fairly cultural norm in our generation.  We tend to think the worst in any given situation, and we tend to expect the worst outcome.  We impose this onto people, expecting others to disappoint us, and we rarely give others the benefit of the doubt.  We sort of expect the worst out of people and almost wait for failure to ensue.

But in a world where enough bad stuff happens, a Gospel Man will look for opportunities for Christ to shine in the worst situations.  I want to be the kind of man who cannot, and will not, be discouraged.

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When the economy tanks, Jesus is still on the Throne, and opportunities abound.  When terrorists attack and politicians disappoint, The Gospel will still thrive.  We serve a God who DOES.  He is at work, and things are happening everywhere for His Glory.  We need to view life through THAT lens.

And we need to remember Jesus’ words in Mark  10,  Jesus looked at them and said, “With man it is impossible, but not with God. For all things are possible with God.”

But we’ll get into that in part 2…

Thoughts on Paris

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Over the past week, a lot of people have given thoughts and opinions concerning the terrorist attack in Paris.  I have read encouraging words from pastors and Christian bloggers who point us to Christ and the hope of the Gospel, but others have pointed a finger at the very Lord they reject.  In situations like this, the questions of God, good and evil are always brought up.  It seems that people will inevitably question the power, goodness or even the existence of God. We know from scripture, though, that evil is always present, and people will grow more and more evil (Matthew 24:12). People are evil, but Jesus is still sovereign, and literally “in Him, all things hold together” (Colossians 1:17).

The Psalmist asks the question, “Why do the nations rage and the peoples plot in vain?”(Psalm 2:1).  The hope we are given is that God is not defeated when evil seems to prevail and people plot against Him and the work of The Gospel.  I am hopeful, and even in the midst of pain and suffering, I am confident that Christ is still in power and there will be a day when no more evil and suffering exist.  I am thankful for this truth, and in moments like these, I look forward to that day.