Category Archives: Faith

Weekly Verse – Grace & Peace

Social media drama. I see it daily. You probably do too.

Most times when it shows up in my newsfeed I don’t know all the players involved so I’ll follow along to see the final destination of the drama train. Someone will usually throw a popcorn GIF into the comments as if to say, “I’m not going to weigh in. I’m just here for the show”.

The whole situation is like an “internet train wreck” that you don’t really want to see but feel compelled to sneak a peek at.

On the other hand, it’s uncomfortable to work your way through a contentious thread when the social media drama involves a lot of people you know and respect. The popcorn GIF isn’t as funny when a majority of the participants are acquaintances, friends, and neighbors battling it out with snarky comments and differing opinions.

It’s threads like this that I always want to comment on but never do.

There’s really no way to win in a social media situation like this. With all the emotion present, you’re not likely to change anyone’s mind… and you open yourself up to attack… even if you try and walk that fine line down the middle of the disagreement.

At the end of the day… when the drama dies down… and everyone moves on to the next “internet train wreck”… you hope that all involved can forgive and forget. That they won’t be as rude to each other the next time they see each other in person as they were online.

At the end of the day, you pray for grace… and peace among friends.

“Get rid of all bitterness, rage, anger, harsh words, and slander, as well as all types of evil behavior. Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you.” – Ephesians 4:31-32 (NLT)

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Weekly Verse – A Scripture On Repeat

Another Holy Week is almost over.  Several times over the past few days I’ve found myself listening to a playlist of songs that help me focus on the importance of the week.

I’ve also looked up and read (and re-read) many of the Holy Week scriptures you’d expect. The one that stuck with me the most this year was Romans 10:9 NIV.

“If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.”

Perhaps the reason I kept coming back to this verse is the way my mind broke it down… almost to the point of oversimplification.:

Say it. Believe it. Recieve it.

This Easter morning as we walk to and from our Church’s outside, cemetery, sunrise service I’m sure that phrase will be on repeat in my mind… and I’m fine with that.

Do you have a favorite Holy Week scripture?

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Weekly Verse – Talents

It’s been a busy weekend… but a good one.  It started with my oldest at district speech contest first thing Saturday morning.  It was fun to see her competing in the Storytelling category… the same category I competed in when I was a junior or senior.

There were a lot of talented teens performing in all sorts of categories. It was good to see the fruits of their hard work pay off.

From the speech contest, we headed an hour south to join my wife and youngest who were already at the dance competition our studio was a part of this weekend.

Anyone that knows me knows I love being a Dance Dad and watching my daughters and their friends dance… but I’ve also learned to appreciate a good dance by someone I don’t even know. I saw plenty of great dances and dancers at this competition.

I was so struck by all the young talent that I witnessed this weekend I thought I’d find a Bible verse to go with it.  What I found was 1 Corinthians 12:4-6 (MSG).

“God’s various gifts are handed out everywhere; but they all originate in God’s Spirit. God’s various ministries are carried out everywhere; but they all originate in God’s Spirit. God’s various expressions of power are in action everywhere; but God himself is behind it all.”

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