Suffering, Perseverance, Character (Part 3 of 4), and Hope

Again, I sincerely apologize for the prolonged delayed in continuing this series. Life is far from boring. It seems that there is always something vying for our attention and investments of our time.

Throughout Part 3 of this series I will focus on the intrinsic value derived from character, specifically within the context of Christianity.

As per usual, I will begin with a working definition of character from a Biblical perspective in order to establish a solid foundation for this school of thought.christ-like-character-title-960x350

Dictionary.com defines character in general terms as follows:

Character(noun) – the aggregate of features and traits that form the individual nature of some person or thing; moral or ethical quality; qualities of honesty, courage, or the like; integrity.

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Rabyd Opinion – Christians, Before You Boycott Over Homosexual Marriage – Read This

This is a very insightful viewpoint towards the recent development regarding this widely contested issue. In the midst of our world’s current political climate it is so easy for Christians (myself included) to lose sight of the Great Commission. That’s why it is integral that as a Church we are continually keeping ourselves in check through relying on God’s Authoritative Word.
The Scriptures are essentially our “litmus test”, therefore they must be at the forefront of every Christian’s life. Like 2 Timothy 3:16-17 teaches us, “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work”.
As Ambassadors of Christ I pray that we may reflect His gentleness, His compassion, His grace, and, most importantly, His unconditional love towards absolutely everyone. Lord, please help us to love the sinner but to hate the sin instead. I pray Your Spirit will empower us to keep our conversation with others full of grace and seasoned with salt(‭Colossians‬ ‭4‬:‭6‬).
In Jesus’ Name, I pray, Amen.

All Things Rabyd

I would rather be writing my Sermon Redux this morning but the events of this weekend and Christian response to the homosexual marriage decision by SCOTUS have left me a little irritated as to which Jesus Christ people are following.  I already wrote one article on this Rabyd Opinion – A Little Rational Perspective on Gay Marriage for Christians and it has been taken to heart by some others have simply decided to continue their temper tantrum because they lost and have now started to plan and execute more form of resistance to this decision.  The biggest problem some of them now have is how many companies came out in support of this decision and how they plan to boycott them, etc.  On a practical note, this is going to be amusing because if you boycott everything that promotes sin you are going to probably be down to eating nothing and buying…

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Intentional Listening

Firstly, I would like to apologize for the delay in posting new content. Life is far from boring. It seems that there is always something new that demands our investment of both time and energy. Clinging close to Jesus Christ through spending time in His Word, serving Him through serving others, and having an active prayer life are all critically important for the Christian’s walk of faith. When life starts to pull me from every direction, I strive to take refuge in Christ by simply coming near to Him and taking comfort that He will in turn come near to me (James 4:8). Continue reading

Practical Witnessing Advice from Paul

Recently I have been apart of a Bible Study Series centered on Colossians. Tuesday evening marked the final day of the series where we wrapped it up by studying chapter 4. Two specific verses really resonated deep within me as they relate to very practical witnessing advice from Paul. Despite having heard these verses before in the past, I have never really appreciated their depth and practical application in the context of witnessing towards others in my own life. In case you haven’t already predicted to which verses I am referring to, they are from Colossians 4:5-6 which I have posted below:Witnessing-Our-faith.jpg

Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.

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