When we read about the Israelites worshiping the god Baal in 1 Kings 18, we tend to think of them developing a preference for wooden idol images. But the primary attraction to Baal wasn’t a pretty statue; it was an economic promise.
As disciples, we are called to grow and multiply; the good news is given to us like the talents were given to those servants in Jesus’s parable (Matt. 25:14–30). Consider: Every time you hear the Word of God preached in your local church you are given a coin, a talent, which God calls you to multiply according to your ability. We are responsible and accountable to God for what he has given us.
Lately when someone asks me how I’ve been, my automatic answer is “busy.” If you’re feeling that same way – at a breaking point and in need of a serious life change to kick the busy and find rest, here are two reasons we stay so busy and three easy ways to “un-busy” your life.
Conformity carries a negative connotation. But strangely, in a society that shouts individualism and independence, it’s crowned king. When we live Christ-led lives, we stand out. The transformation Paul wrote about to the Romans begins in our minds and hearts, driving all we do and trickling down into every aspect of our lives. How do we make sure our bottom line in business is spiritually healthy?
For a long time, I didn’t think that issues of race had anything to do with me. Instead, loving God and loving others meant believing in a colorblind rhetoric; if I couldn’t see a person’s skin color, I couldn’t therefore judge a person’s skin color, then I could somehow magically see straight to inside of their heart. If you want to engage in the conversation, here are eight concrete actions people of faith can take to address racial injustice.