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Building Bridges

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The backdrop of Leviticus is explaining purity from God’s perspective to a very impure and rebellious group of people. It lays out the Jewish laws for two types of purity: moral and ritual. Reading through the chapters on ritual purity can feel laborious since they symbolize something that has already been completed, Christ’s blood being spilt and therefore purifying us and cleansing our sins. There are also sections on moral purity though, which points to God’s heart on how we should be living day to day versus a future cleansing of our sins.
In the middle of Leviticus 19 there is a section on loving your neighbor as yourself. As we’ve already seen in the New Testament (Matthew 22:36-40), of the 613 laws recorded by Moses, Jesus declared that loving our neighbor as ourselves is second only to loving God with our entire being. As I was reading this chapter in my devotions yesterday, this section stood out to me since this was the law and portion of Scripture He was referring to.
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Generational Relationships

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Titus 2:1-5, 10b But as for you, teach what accords with sound doctrine. Older men are to be sober-minded, dignified, self-controlled, sound in faith, in love, and in steadfastness. Older women likewise are to be reverent in behavior, not slanderers or slaves to much wine. They are to teach what is good,and so train the young women to love their husbands and children,to be self-controlled, pure, working at home, kind, and submissive to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be reviled. 10b. so that in everything they may adorn the doctrine of God our Savior.
Recently I have had the privilege to go to two ladies’ conferences. I LOVE attending conferences. I love having set apart time to listen to speakers and learn. The social aspect of conferences has never been my favorite part, but these last two conferences have changed my perspective on that too.
The first conference I went to was the Revive Our Hearts conference in Indianapolis. I went with my close friend, Bethany, and th…

Boundaries

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The last two posts have been more theoretical, setting a foundation of why we take time to build relationships. I want to begin now to focus more on practical application to issues we face in our everyday relationships. One of the biggest struggles I have within relationships is trying to navigate how to love others.
I want to approach issues we face from as Biblical of a perspective as possible. God has laid out boundaries for us to follow and keep, which actually give us freedom rather than take it away. Relationships without boundaries end up being more like a black hole, sucking any life, energy, and time away that God may have a plan for elsewhere.
1. Loving people (commandment)
The foundational boundary to consider in any relationship is found in Matthew 22:36-40.
“Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.This is the great and first commandment.And a …

Mimicking the Master

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Reading about Jesus and how He related with His 12 disciples is one of the main reasons why I love teaching and one of the driving factors behind my philosophy of education. I decided in college that I wanted my life ministry to mimic Christ’s life ministry as closely as possible. I am not even close to arriving at that goal, but through working on it, I have made a lot of observations of how He spent His time here on earth.
One area that I find encouraging is how He organized and pursued earthly relationships. As image bearers of His Father, everyone He met was equal in His eyes, but each person had a different role, relationship, or connection with Him. We can relate and mimic Him in that we have people in our lives that we relate with each of these ways.
The first group that I want to point out is the gentiles. He did not connect with them as a whole while here on earth, but rather just with a few individuals that reached out and wanted to connect with Him. This isn’t because He …