BY JOSEPH BRAZIL
After all, who could blame us? Everything we need to live can be easily found at a grocery store. For generations now, Americans have gotten used to having the life’s provisions delivered to our homes or found within easy grasp. Our civilization has advanced to a stage where we’re no longer required to hunt or gather tonight’s dinner, or to leave a guard on watch while our family sleeps. Presently, the vast majority of Americans live in what we could probably agree upon as a privileged society.
But with privilege comes complacency. And complacency turns priorities inward.
Here’s a light-hearted example. Take a look at these household items and see if you can identify the common bond:
iPhone. iPad. (the now defunct) MySpace. YouTube. And—heaven help me--selfies.
BY JEFF WEDDLE
There is a hidden danger lurking out there. You never know when it will strike. Few are even aware of it. Its strike may even go unnoticed at first. Then, when it’s too late, you’ll realize it got you. But by then your faith may be destroyed, sin may have multiplied, and you may be snared in an inescapable trap.
What is this unnoticed, lurking danger that can ruin faith?
It’s the danger of success.
Now, if you‘re like me, and Lord help you if you are, success is a pretty rare thing. But even losers get lucky sometimes. I have had a couple moments of success. Inevitably I will take a fall shortly thereafter.
Cipriano Martinez | @Ciprianom79
As Christian believers, many times we put trust in ourselves and try and choose our own direction or what the Bible calls "our own path". Some of these times we might get lucky and choose the right direction or path but many of these selfish decisions lead us into a destination we did not mean to go to. We may even ask ourselves, “How did I get here?" or "Where am I?” Where ever you may be and you find yourself lost or confused the question is where did you go to get your directions?
My wife and I take many trips throughout the year - some business, some pleasure. No matter what kind of trip it may be we are never too familiar with the area we are in and more times than not, we have to revert to the handy dandy GPS. The GPS is designed to get us wherever we need to go at the command of our finger tips. But as the head of the household and spiritual leader, I often seem to know better than the GPS. Even though I asked my wife to put in the coordinates of the location, knowing I have no earthly idea how to get there, I still argue with this machine and its uploaded technology. When I decide to ignore Miss GPS and go my own direction I find myself making many unneeded U-turns and maybe even end in a ditch or dark alley somewhere. The GPS knows best because it is programmed to know the easiest routes to take.
I hope many of you can relate. Surely I’m not the only one in the world who argues with smart hi-tech gadgets.
Aaron Jeffries | @arjeffries1
When it was evening, Jesus reclined at the table with the twelve. And as they were eating, he said, “Truly, I say to you, one of you will betray me.” And they were very sorrowful and began to say to him one after another, “Is it I, Lord?”
Peter answered him, “Though they all fall away because of you, I will never fall away.” Jesus said to him, “Truly, I tell you, this very night, before the rooster crows, you will deny me three times.” Peter said to him, “Even if I must die with you, I will not deny you!”
-Matthew 26:20-22, 33-35 ESV
How often do we make bold statements like this?