Saviour or Poop-scooper?

Romans 6:1-2 What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound?  God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?
Some Christians try to use grace to justify continuing sin.  Here’s what I mean, “I know it’s wrong to (insert pet sin here), but I’m saved so Jesus already paid for it anyway.”  It’s like the person is a circus elephant and Jesus is the guy that walks around behind him cleaning up the poop.  Paul’s response to this attitude is, “God forbid.”  If I tell my wife I will love her forever and she says, “Cool, so I can have a boyfriend on the side,”  I would not approve.  True love in a true relationship does not permit either person to walk all over the other.  In a strong relationship, both want to please the other.  How is your relationship with Christ?  Is He a Saviour your love works to honor or do you see Him as poop-scooper that just cleans up your messes?  Hint: If you have no conscience about sin, you may have no true relationship with Christ.


Philippians 3:12 Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus.

One major argument you might hear against the church is “they are hypocrites,” people who act or teach a certain way at church but might not always live that way at home.  Let’s be honest.  The Bible is a perfect book written by a perfect God.  However, we’re all imperfect people.  As an example, let’s say you went to the gym and you noticed a lot of people there were out of shape.  So you got mad at them and left because obviously the gym is full of people who act like they care about their health at the gym, but not all the time.  After a while of not exercising, guess who’s out of shape?  You are.  Guess who has actually improved their fitness?  The people who went to the gym that you didn’t approve of.  We’re all trying to become more like Christ.  It’s not about the people you go to church with and their hypocrisy; it’s about your personal determination to become closer to God and each of us working on our own personal hypocrisy.

Hope in a Hopeless World

I Peter 1:3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,

There are two conflicting worldviews that will ultimately shape your entire future: atheism and theism.  Richard Dawkins, a famous atheist, describes atheism as “pessimistic” and the universe as “bleak, cold, and empty.” He ends his statement with, “But so what.”  This type of thinking leads to an emotional death.  The number one prescription drug in America is antidepressants because so many people are looking for hope but are surrounded by an ideology that tells them that there is no future, and nothing they do matters.  When they do try to find meaning for their life, the atheistic response is, “so what.”  In Christ, we know that there is a greater cause to live for.  With teen depression being so prevalent and suicides occurring at an alarming rate, we need teenagers in our schools and communities spreading hope.  Encourage everyone you see today.  Show them the eternal hope you have in Christ by the way you live.

Love God?

John 14:21 He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.

John talks about love to a great extent in all of his books. John is quoting Christ and points out a sign of love that also guarantees the love of the Father: Commandments. We’ve all seen the couple showing way too much affection. I went to school with a girl that literally fed her boyfriend lunch like a baby. It was disturbing. However, people that truly love each other do things for each other. God displayed His love for us by sending Jesus to die for us. We display our love to God by obeying His commandments. Does the world see your love for God? Are you honest, loving, humble, and helpful? Do you stand up for God?  Love God and display your love to Him through your life by keeping His commandments.


Psalms 27:10 When my father and my mother forsake me, then the LORD will take me up.

Do you ever feel lonely?  Sometimes ever though we are physically surrounded by people, we feel emotionally alone.  David had to go through great depression and anxiety as a young man.  We know a lot about how David felt as everyone, including his own men at times, wanted to kill him. The reason we know so much, and the reason he was able to get through this time, was that he prayed all his emotions to the Father.  He understood that God would always be there for him even if his own family was not.  Take a moment to talk to God and explain your emotions to Him.  He’s the only one who truly understands, and He loves you no matter what you bring to Him.


Romans 12:19 Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.

How often do you hear, “He started it!” Paul is clear in stating that it is not our place to seek vengeance. Many times both parties get in trouble because both got involved. It takes a bigger person to walk away and forgive than it does to lose control fight back. Look at Christ. He was attacked all throughout His earthly ministry. One time they tried to throw Him off a cliff! Certainly, He could have dropkicked those men over the edge while shouting, “Ain’t nobody gonna disrespect me!” Instead, He walked away. Be like Jesus. Walk away.


Ephesians 5:11-12 And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.  For it is a shame even to speak of those things which are done of them in secret.
Secrets are dangerous.  They hurt feelings, break hearts, and cause endless sleepless hours of emotional stress.  Secrets are often kept because we are afraid of what will happen when someone reacts.  However, the secret itself eats the person alive with fear and insecurity.  That secret will never leave you alone until you deal with it.  The Bible continues to say that Christ will bring life to the dead and light to the darkness.  Of course start by telling your secret to God.  He is loving and compassionate, especially to those who come to Him for help.  You need to have a person you trust.  The best person would be your parents, but if not, maybe a Sunday school teacher, pastor, school teacher, school counselor or, if necessary, the police.  Be careful about who you talk to.  For big issues, you need to go to someone who can help you out of the fear you are in.  Probably not a friend your age.  Go to someone who has more power than you to fix the problem.  Don’t let a secret control your life; use the power of Christ and someone you trust to help you overcome the fear and pain that is tormenting you.

Christmas Controversy

Philippians 2:14 Do all things without murmurings and disputings:

So it’s almost Christmas, and everyone has a list a mile long of what they want.  All too often the season that is supposed to be one of love, kindness, and good cheer becomes one of selfishness, arguments, and complaints.  So here are a couple of things to think about.

1. Your parents.  They probably don’t make more money now than any other time of the year when they were working to make ends meet.  So they will maybe tighten the budget more, ask someone for help, or put it on a credit card that they will spend the next year working to pay off to buy you what they can.  Be grateful to them even if you don’t get a new car for Christmas.

2. Your siblings.  They are just as worthy of a good present as you are.  Don’t look up all the prices to determine if they got a penny more worth of stuff than you did.  Be happy for them and the gifts that they get.

3. Your weird aunt.  She only comes once a year (if you’re fortunate).  Be kind and thank her for the cat sweater she knit for you, even though you don’t have a cat.

4. Your friends.  Your friends my be from a richer family than you.  Don’t hold that against them.  God gave you your family to love and be a part of.  Be thankful for where you are, and be happy for those who have more while you help out those who have less.

True Equality

Matthew 7:12 Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets.

This sums up the greatest principle of humanity.  The world tries to put you in a special category, but with God we’re not defined by the things that people may first notice about us.  Native Americans, African Americans, homosexual Americans, and obese Americans all have fought from school playgrounds to judicial courts for their “rights.”  However, the Bible does not grant any specific special interest group their rights because to single out and protect one group is to not protect another.  The Bible is clear.  It’s not about race, gender, age, social status, or even religion or sin.  It’s about human beings.  Christ died for all mankind, and to devalue the life of any one person is a direct insult to the Saviour Who loves that person.  Treat everyone with respect because that is how you want to be treated.

Peace on Earth

John 14:27 Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.

I think it’s amazing how much the world asks for God without ever asking God.  Every year you hear the most noble Christmas wish – world peace.  But after so many years of trying to obtain it, do you really think the world is becoming more peaceful?  Jesus is called the Prince of Peace.  Living by His Word has brought great peace to men and woman even while evil men were literally burning them to death.  How can someone who is dying for their faith feel peace in their heart?  Because peace does not come from the outside; it comes from within.  Your peace can be found in your relationship with God.  Too often one tries to find peace by telling others how they think those people should act and get along, but they only end up frustrated and stressed out in the end.  If your concept of peace comes from the way others act, you will never be able to control your own peace; however, if you base your peace on a relationship with Christ, you can have that inexplicable peace the world can only imagine.