Plumbline Faith

Simple Faith, Simple Virtue, Simple Church

Simple Faith — June 24, 2017
Simple Faith — May 21, 2017
Simple Virtue — May 20, 2017

Simple Virtue

Seldom will evil fess up to its own culpability …

Which is why it is unrealistic to expect closure from an evildoer on an injustice they caused.

Instead, find closure by fully expressing to the Lord the hurts and wrongs your heart still carries …

Then forgive and release your need for justice to Him.

Not to excuse the evil or those who did it …

But to acknowledge the wrong, find freedom and move on.

Simple Faith — May 19, 2017
Simple Discipleship — May 17, 2017
Simple Faith — May 16, 2017

Simple Faith

I may have an ability or perspective that you lack. 

But I have yet to meet anyone – and I mean anyone – who does not also exceed me in some aspect of their own abilities and perspectives. 

Likewise, no church, ministry or movement will be healthy if it pulls into itself or thinks itself beyond everyone else.

This is true also with our different sub-cultures, theological “tribes”, and the often unexamined presumptions and sensibilities of our own community of like-minded friends.

Unity in diversity through humility, not uniformity through hierarchy, is God’s intent among those who love Him and heed His Word.

Simple Faith — May 13, 2017
Simple Truth — May 11, 2017
Simple Faith — May 6, 2017
Simple Faith — May 5, 2017
Simple Joy — May 4, 2017
Simple Discipleship — April 30, 2017
Simple Faith — April 29, 2017
Simple Faith — April 28, 2017

Simple Faith

I tire of all the “new things”, hip new labels and conference extravaganzas – peddled through the latest amazing book, ministry, “revelation” or program.

Just go and do what Jesus commands, as He calls you to do it. 

When you do, it will look different in different people, cultures and places …

Than it does in some hot new book or conference someone’s trying to promote.

“Missional”, “Christocentric”, “Neo-Evangelical”, “Eternal Purpose”, and even “Organic”:

Once they brand God and His purposes with some new label and convince everyone to hop on board …

It’s likely already so saddled with egos and extraneous agendas​ that it’s veered off track.

Learn to discern what’s good and eternal …

And leave the rest behind.

Simple Faith — April 27, 2017
Simple Faith — April 22, 2017
Simple Truth — April 17, 2017

Simple Truth

The great lie of our times is that we should follow our heart …

Which leads to carnal Christians.

God never said what we feel is the standard for what is true, real and right.

In fact, God says the heart is deceitful, foolish and exceedingly wicked …

But His Word endures forever.

Which is why God seeks to redeem our heart …

But never elevates it above Scripture as our standard for life, doctrine and maturity.

Simple Faith — April 16, 2017
Simple Faith — April 9, 2017

Simple Faith

The greatest struggle for many is letting go of our hurts. 

More than sin, we let our hurts define us …

By holding onto the familiarity of our pain rather than chancing the unfamiliarity of a truly new life in Christ. 

Even among Christians, few risk the ongoing redemption of confession, forgiveness and repentance to become whole and complete in Him.

Really, it’s not that difficult …

But it does take trust.

Simple Truth — April 8, 2017
Simple Faith — April 6, 2017

Simple Faith

Often, longstanding hurts, disappointments and emotional wounds are like old, familiar friends. 

We let them become so engrained into our sense of identity that they begin to define us. 

When that happens, we often aren’t willing to transparently expose and turn them them over to Jesus …

But tightly hold onto them like a child clinging to a security blanket. 

Instead of finding liberation and wholeness through Christ, we become our past.

Simple Faith — March 30, 2017

Simple Faith

It will be a terrible day when those who preached only grace …

Finally stand before His holiness.

But a time of rejoicing for those who proclaimed God’s true grace … 

Leading to repentance, obedience and redemption for many before that fateful day.

Simple Faith — March 25, 2017
Simple Truth — March 20, 2017
Simple Discipleship — March 17, 2017