Plumbline Faith

Simple Faith, Simple Virtue, Simple Church

Simple Joy — September 22, 2016

Simple Joy

​Most mornings I wake up grateful.

Before the day starts, I like to sit in my favorite chair to quietly watch the sun rise while prayerfully contemplating the many blessings God has restored in my life.

It helps keep me centered in Him.

Too many dwell instead on what they’ve lost and their own anxieties …

Forgetting to appreciate the wonder of new opportunities, new relationships, and even new purposes and meanings in Christ.

He makes all things new.

Simple Truth — September 21, 2016

Simple Truth

“Christians” who reject God’s plenary authority of Scripture as His written Word …

Become their own plenary authority for what’s ultimately true, real and right.

Is it any wonder, then, why they never seem to “get” Scripture?

Simple Faith — August 29, 2016
Simple Faith — August 26, 2016
Simple Joy — August 25, 2016
Simple Truth — August 24, 2016
Simple Virtue — June 25, 2016
Simple Faith — April 6, 2016
Simple Virtue — October 2, 2020

Simple Virtue

These days, if you oppose the Leftist political views held by many (but certainly not all) black organizations, it is called racism – even if you oppose those views because you want the best for the black community.

Thus, according to how oppressive “progressives” have redefined the word, you are “racist” based on legitimate political differences even if you care deeply about what’s happening in the black community.

This twisting of language by the Left is insidious, and is used by the Left to stifle honest debate over their political policies that are actually doing great harm to the black community.

Don’t let the rhetoric of hate from the Left silence you:

Renounce their oppressive policies that are destroying Black lives, Black families and Black communities;

Proclaim with confidence those Godly principles – like worth, dignity and responsibility, in the context of faith, family and community – which offer true hope for all as we seek to heal our broken nation; and

Stand for virtue.

Only then will the true racists be unmasked.

Simple Faith — September 19, 2018
Simple Faith — September 18, 2018
Simple Truth — September 17, 2018

Simple Truth

Some “Christians” have embraced identity politics, leading them to support candidates who promote abortion, gender confusion, marriage malaise and religious intolerance.

They’ve become reprobates, having traded the God of Scripture …

For the lies of Satan.

Simple Discipleship — September 16, 2018
Simple Faith — September 15, 2018
Simple Church — September 14, 2018
Simple Discipleship — September 13, 2018

Simple Discipleship

The main difference between popular existential ideologies and Biblical Christianity comes down to perspective:

What’s the ultimate framework for truth, reality and morality?

Our sensibilities …

Or God’s sovereignty?

Simple Virtue — September 12, 2018
Simple Truth — September 11, 2018
Simple Faith — September 10, 2018

Simple Faith

Our worse failings are redemptive if we let God use them to get our attention and transform us.

Alternatively, we can let them destroy us.

That’s why I seldom freak out when someone stumbles – I’ve seen many times how it can be an amazingly redemptive event.

But whether for destruction or redemption, it’s always our choice.

That’s because spiritual maturity is not about perfection …

But rather how we deal with our imperfections.

Simple Church — September 9, 2018

Simple Church

Few are willing to do the hard work of actually being the church …

As an active community of believers engaged in encouraging and ministering to one another throughout their daily lives.

Most, instead, are content to surrender the “church” to those paid to do it for them …

From an elevated podium on Sunday morning.

Be exceptional!

Dare to be the church as the New Testament actually shows it …

And leave that other stuff behind.

Simple Truth — September 8, 2018
Simple Discipleship — September 7, 2018
Simple Discipleship — September 6, 2018

Simple Discipleship

Because I love Christ, I open my home and my life to those abused by people who use Christ to exploit others.

Because I love Christ, I minister to those in jail and the woods who polite society won’t dirty their lives with.

Because I love Christ, I love His body rather than the man-centered institution often called the “church” these days.

Because I love Christ, I am willing to exceed my comfort zones.

How about you?

Simple Discipleship — September 5, 2018
Simple Truth — September 4, 2018
Simple Church — September 3, 2018

Simple Church

Church in the New Testament is never about gathering to experience God’s presence …

But about expressing His presence – hopefully already in you – one to another to encourage and strengthen each other.

Nor is it about having a “worship service” …

But about including congregational singing of God’s praises to encourage one another so we can live daily lives of reverant obedience to Him, which is true worship.

It also is never about a monologue sermon by the one …

But about all ministering one to another to motivate each other to love and good works.

So why do Christians accept anything less …

Each Sunday morning?

Simple Love — September 2, 2018

Simple Love

Being an adult means fully bearing the cost, and the consequences, of our own choices.

Unfortunately, many parents today don’t let that happen …

Then wonder why their “grown” kids are such failures at life.

Tragically, I frequently see this as I go into our local jail …

Mostly among twenty-something white boys from middle class families.

Even more tragically, the parents and their churches often continue – out of guilt – to enable their immaturity even when they get out.

It never turns out well.

Do them a favor:

Let ’em fail!

Stop enabling them and let them begin to experience the full, unmitigated consequences of their choices …

Even if it means they go homeless and risk destitution until they begin making mature decisions and start to grow up.

Being allowed to become homeless and nearly destitute will be a great shock to them – and they may initially stumbled badly – but with time I’ve always seen it turn out to be the best thing for them.

For the first time, they learn to grow up and own their own future.

These are not theoretical musings, but how our churches over the years have helped guys from the jail who had no family but needed to grow up.

Today, they all are men of honor and purpose.

In the long run, tough love may be the best love you can give.

Simple Love — September 1, 2018
Simple Truth — August 31, 2018
Simple Discipleship — August 30, 2018
Simple Truth — August 29, 2018
Simple Truth — August 28, 2018

Simple Truth

Misplaced Loyalties:

Getting more upset about abuse, lies and cover-up being exposed in your beloved “church” and its leaders …

Than about the impact of that abuse on the victims.

God will not hold you blameless.

Simple Faith — August 27, 2018