• IT'S GREAT TO BE A MARY, BUT WE STILL NEED MARTHAS

    by Shawn Merithew on June 28, 2011

    You remember the story from Luke’s gospel about Martha and her sister Mary, don’t you?

    Luke 10:38-42 says, ”  Now as they were traveling along, He entered a certain village; and a woman named Martha welcomed Him into her home.  And she had a sister called Mary, who moreover was listening to the Lord’s word, seated at His feet.  But Martha was distracted with all her preparations; and she came up to Him, and said, “Lord, do You not care that (more…)

  • GETTING SERIOUS ABOUT SIN

    by Shawn Merithew on June 21, 2011

    Are you a flirt?  Really weigh your heart and ask yourself the question — “Are you a flirt?”  You may be thinking that this question regards your behavior towards those of the opposite sex, but that isn’t quite what I mean. (In terms of your relationships, I hope you are not a flirt unless you are flirting with your own spouse to playfully express your love for one another.)  But the kind of flirting I’m talking about is flirting with sin — that’s a little more personal.

    The fact of the matter is that we far too often flirt with sin.  Sin is like a dark chasm that can so easily swallow us up.  Though we have been warned, (more…)

  • WHAT IS A "SPIRITUAL" PERSON?

    by Shawn Merithew on June 8, 2011

    How many times have you heard someone described as a “very spiritual person?” You have likely heard it often, because this kind of jargon is very common in our culture, especially in Southern Bible-Belt culture. But what does it really mean to say someone is “spiritual?” I mean, a devoted Muslim can be a very spiritual person; so can a devoted Hindu, a devoted Mormon, or even a devoted Satanist.

    Even in christianized culture, this label can mean many different things. Someone can be classified as a very spiritual person if they have an ardent belief in God and if they live a very moral life, yet they may never pray, never attend church, and their ideas of God and religion may not even be tied to the Bible. Conversely, someone may be called a very spiritual person if they attend church regularly and serve in leadership, if they speak all the proper Christian cliche’s, and if they send their children to a Christian school. Yet that same person may rarely pray, may never read Scripture, and may be indulging (more…)

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