Set your hope on Jesus returning. Don’t be short-sighted. Don’t let this glorious fact slip your attention.
Do you have joy? You should on a regular basis. But think of the perfection of your joy. Think of the perfection of your love. Do you walk in holiness? Think of the perfection of that holiness. Are you kind and gentle? Think of the perfection of that kindness and gentleness. What a GLORIOUS thought.
“For another thing, let me warn all careless members of churches to beware lest they trifle their souls into hell. You live on year after year as if there was no battle to be fought with sin, the world, and the devil. You pass through life a smiling, laughing, gentlemanlike or ladylike person, and behave as if there was no devil, no heaven and no hell. Oh, careless churchman, or careless dissenter, careless Episcopalian, careless Presbyterian, careless Independent, careless Baptist, awake to see eternal realities in their true light! Awake and put on the armor of God! Awake and fight hard for life! Tremble, tremble and repent.”
– JC Ryle
I’m convinced God made tears salty so that our eyes would turn red when we cry so that others would notice and have an opportunity to minister to us.
So it’s been awhile.
Let me explain briefly the long intermission from blogging.
When I last tried to login in around the middle of June I received a 500 error stating I had a server issue. Ugh. I knew that was not good and might take awhile to fix. I also knew that once I started working on it, my site would likely be down and inaccessible.
This being the case, I didn’t want to start working on it and run into a snag and not be able to fix it right away. People might think my blog was no longer in existence (and how could they possibly go on with life without my blog–sarcasm) and the few links I had to my site from google search terms might be lost and other blogs pointing to my site might erase their link to my site.
So I’ve wanted to post for awhile but finally had an opportunity to set aside a large block of time and fix the issue.
And to tell you the truth, I’m not sure what exactly I fixed, but now it works. I believe it was primarily my host server running php version 4 and WordPress wanting version 5. That along with a potentially corrupted file(s) which was not allowing me to login to my own site.
So, all that to say, I’m back!
I saw a great post over at Andy Naselli’s blog which you should read.
He gives a list from DA Carson’s book, Love in Hard Places, of people who can be hard to love. I’ve copied and pasted it here for you, but the original post is worth a read.
- an obstreperous deacon or warden or bishop;
- a truly revolting relative;
- an employee or employer who specializes in insensitivity, rudeness, and general arrogance;
- a business competitor more unscrupulous, not to say more profitable, than you are;
- the teenager whose boorishness is exceeded only by his or her unkemptness;
- the elderly duffers who persist in making the same querulous demands whenever you are in a hurry;
- the teachers who are so intoxicated by their own learning that they forget they are first of all called to teach students, not a subject;
- the students so impressed by their own ability or (if they come from certain cultures) so terrified by the shame of a low grade that they whine and wheedle for an “A” they have not earned;
- people with whom you have differed on some point of principle who take all differences in a deeply personal way and who nurture bitterness for decades, stroking their own self-righteousness and offended egos as they go;
- insecure little people who resent and try to tear down those who are even marginally more competent than they;
- the many who lust for power and call it principle;
- the arrogant who are convinced of their own brilliance and of the stupidity of everyone else.