Plumbline Faith

Simple Faith, Simple Virtue, Simple Church

Simple Discipleship — September 6, 2018

Simple Discipleship

Because I love Christ, I open my home and 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 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 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
Simple Love — August 16, 2018

Simple Love

Guys in jail often ask me how to find a good church when they get out.

I tell them that if they visit a couple of times on Sunday and no one ever invites them home to share friendship and a meal together, move on …

It’s just a meeting, not a church.

Simple Virtue — August 15, 2018

Simple Virtue

When people say “worship” today …

They mean reverent singing.

When the New Testament says “worship” …

It means reverent obedience.

It’s not that there’s anything wrong with the former.

It has its place, when done as the New Testament actually says …

But not as a substitute or new definition for the latter.

That was never God’s intent.

Simple Truth — August 4, 2018
Simple Virtue — July 26, 2018
Simple Truth — July 24, 2018
Simple Virtue — July 21, 2018
Simple Truth — July 19, 2018
Simple Virtue — July 15, 2018

Simple Virtue

“Who are you to judge? God knows my heart.”

Yes. Yes He does:

“The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked.” (Jer 17:9)

Which is why, in fact, we ARE to judge …

But righteously. (Jn 7:24)

Which means wisely applying God’s external standards of what’s true, right and real …

To internally justified lies, immorality and deception.

 

Simple Faith — July 7, 2018

Simple Faith

We don’t truly believe because we perceive …

But truly perceive because we believe.

The former is all about us …

As we start with ourselves, only to remain trapped in ourselves.

The latter is all about God …

Who gives faith to believe.

Only then can we repent of ourselves to become more than ourselves.

Simple Truth — July 4, 2018
Simple Virtue — June 28, 2018
Simple Virtue — June 12, 2017
Simple Faith — June 5, 2017
Simple Virtue — June 4, 2017
Simple Virtue — June 3, 2017
Simple Love — May 26, 2017
Simple Virtue — May 23, 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 by releasing 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 Truth — May 11, 2017