I Can Feel It!

It was another bright morning in the tranquil village where Jeremiah and Ezekiel lived. The two old friends had planned to meet at the local café, a small, cozy place run by a cheerful couple who made the best coffee in town. The café was a favorite spot for locals to gather, share news, and debate the issues of the day.

Jeremiah arrived first, as usual, and found a table by the window. He waved at the barista, who knew his order by heart, and settled down with a sigh. He had brought along a copy of an article by Robert Turner that had recently caught his eye. As he skimmed through it, Ezekiel walked in, his face lighting up as he spotted Jeremiah.

“Morning, Jeremiah!” Ezekiel called out, making his way over. “What’s the topic of debate today?”

Jeremiah grinned, holding up the article. “Ah, Ezekiel, have a seat and prepare yourself. We’ve got a real gem today: ‘All Feeling, No Proof’ by Robert Turner. It’s all about the rise of emotionalism and subjectivism in the church.”

Ezekiel’s eyes sparkled with interest as he took his seat and ordered his coffee. “Sounds fascinating. So, what’s Turner’s main argument?”

John 7:38 “Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them.”

Jeremiah adjusted his glasses and began reading aloud. “He talks about how emotionalism and the search for ‘genuine worship’ have led some churches astray, relying on feelings rather than scripture. He mentions mood music, dimmed lights, and other props that are used to create a spiritual atmosphere, which he dismisses as ‘devotional clap-trap.'”

Ezekiel chuckled. “Clap-trap, indeed! So, Turner’s arguing that this emotionalism is a departure from true worship?”

Jeremiah nodded. “Exactly. He emphasizes that true worship involves emotions that come from a knowledge of God’s will and a desire to serve Him, not from artificial stimulants.”

Ezekiel leaned back, stroking his chin thoughtfully. “You know, there’s a point to be made there. Romans 10:17 says, ‘So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.’ If our faith and worship aren’t rooted in scripture, they’re just feelings.”

Jeremiah smiled. “Precisely. Turner also warns against the dangers of subjectivism—relying on our own feelings and experiences rather than on the Bible. He quotes I John 4:6, ‘We are of God. He who knows God hears us; he who is not of God does not hear us. By this we know the spirit of truth and the spirit of error.'”

Their conversation was interrupted by the arrival of their coffee. They paused to thank the barista, who beamed at them, pleased with their appreciation.

Ezekiel took a sip of his coffee and sighed contentedly. “So, where do you stand on this, Jeremiah? Do you think there’s a place for emotion in worship?”

Jeremiah chuckled. “Oh, there’s always a place for emotion, Ezekiel. But it must be grounded in truth. Take Ephesians 3:3-5, where Paul talks about the mystery of Christ being revealed by the Spirit to the apostles and prophets. It’s not about personal feelings or revelations, but about the word of God.”

Ezekiel nodded. “Agreed. But let’s not dismiss all feelings outright. After all, Galatians 5:22-23 talks about the fruits of the Spirit—love, joy, peace, patience. These are deeply emotional experiences, but they’re also the result of living in accordance with God’s will.”

Jeremiah leaned forward, a mischievous glint in his eye. “Ah, but here’s where Turner’s point comes in. He argues that when we rely too much on our feelings, we risk straying from biblical authority. He even mentions Pat Boone, saying that God communicates with him in a way that’s ‘inwardly and in a spiritual way.’ Turner calls this subjectivism, a dangerous path.”

Ezekiel laughed. “Poor Pat Boone, always getting dragged into theological debates. But Turner has a point. We must be careful not to elevate our feelings above scripture.”

Jeremiah raised his coffee cup in a mock toast. “To balance, my friend! May we always find the right mix of heart and head in our worship.”

Ezekiel clinked his cup against Jeremiah’s. “Hear, hear! So, how do we address this issue in our own congregations? How do we ensure that our worship is both heartfelt and scripturally sound?”

Jeremiah took a thoughtful sip of his coffee. “Education, Ezekiel. We need to teach our congregations the importance of grounding their faith in scripture. As Turner says, the problem often starts with a superficial knowledge of the Bible. We must go deeper.”

Ezekiel nodded. “And we must also model this balance in our own lives. Show them that true worship is passionate and informed. It’s about knowing God’s will and letting that knowledge transform our hearts.”

Jeremiah smiled. “Well said, Ezekiel. And we mustn’t forget the importance of community. Hebrews 10:24-25 reminds us to ‘consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another.'”

Ezekiel grinned. “So, less mood music and more Bible study?”

Jeremiah laughed. “Something like that. But maybe we can keep the coffee.”

Ezekiel joined in the laughter. “Agreed. Coffee stays.”

As they continued their discussion, their banter filled the café with warmth and laughter. Despite the seriousness of the topic, they found joy in their shared quest for truth and their deep-rooted friendship.

“Jeremiah,” Ezekiel said suddenly, a twinkle in his eye, “do you remember that time we tried to introduce a ‘new’ worship style with mood lighting and soft music?”

Jeremiah chuckled. “How could I forget? The congregation was confused, and old Mrs. Thompson nearly had a heart attack when the lights dimmed.”

Ezekiel laughed. “And then Brother Martin stood up and said, ‘Are we having a seance or a worship service?'”

Jeremiah wiped a tear from his eye. “Yes, and we quickly learned that gimmicks don’t substitute for genuine worship.”

Ezekiel nodded. “True. But it was a good lesson. Worship should be about substance, not style.”

Jeremiah took another sip of his coffee, his expression growing serious. “You know, Ezekiel, Turner’s article makes a good point about the dangers of looking inward for authority. When we prioritize our feelings over the word of God, we’re on a slippery slope.”

Ezekiel nodded thoughtfully. “Yes, and it’s a reminder for us to stay vigilant. We must continually return to scripture as our ultimate authority. As Ephesians 3:3-5 says, the mystery of Christ is made known to us through the Spirit, but it’s grounded in the word.”

Jeremiah leaned back, a satisfied smile on his face. “Indeed. And while we might disagree on some details, we both agree that scripture is our foundation. That’s what keeps us grounded.”

Ezekiel raised his coffee cup again. “To scripture, and to keeping each other grounded.”

Jeremiah clinked his cup against Ezekiel’s. “To scripture, and to the joy of debate.”

They sat in companionable silence for a moment, enjoying their coffee and the morning sun streaming through the window. Their debates, while sometimes heated, were always rooted in a shared love for God’s word and a mutual respect that had grown over the years.

Ezekiel broke the silence with a grin. “You know, Jeremiah, despite our differences, I always enjoy our discussions.”

Jeremiah smiled warmly. “As do I, Ezekiel. Iron sharpens iron, after all.”

They continued to discuss, laugh, and occasionally disagree, but always with the understanding that their shared faith was the foundation of their friendship. And as the morning turned to afternoon, they knew that no matter how heated their debates might get, their commitment to each other and to the truth would always bring them back together.

For in the end, their friendship was a testament to the balance they sought in their faith—a balance of heart and head, emotion and scripture, laughter and serious study. And as they left the café, walking side by side down the sunlit street, they knew that their journey was indeed worth it.

Is It Really Worth It?

The sun began its descent beyond the horizon, casting a warm glow over the peaceful countryside. Jeremiah and Ezekiel, two seasoned travelers, made their way along the winding path that led to their humble abode. As they walked, the evening breeze carried with it the scent of wildflowers and the gentle rustle of leaves.

Their conversation meandered through the trials and triumphs of their recent endeavors. The topic turned to the challenges they faced in their ministry, particularly in their efforts to reach those in prison with the message of hope and redemption.

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“It weighs heavily on my heart, Ezekiel,” Jeremiah confessed, his voice tinged with concern. “The trials we face in spreading the gospel to those in prison seem insurmountable at times. Is it worth it?”

Ezekiel, ever the optimist, paused to consider Jeremiah’s question. “My dear friend,” he began, his voice steady and reassuring, “though the path may be fraught with obstacles, we must not lose sight of the greater purpose of our calling. As it is written, ‘Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature’ (Mark 16:15). In obedience to this command, we find meaning and fulfillment, regardless of the challenges we encounter.”

Jeremiah nodded, taking comfort in Ezekiel’s words. “You speak the truth, my friend,” he acknowledged. “Even in the face of adversity, the work of spreading the gospel is a noble endeavor. It is indeed worth it.”

Their conversation continued as they made their way home, their hearts buoyed by the timeless truth of scripture.

Arriving at their modest dwelling, Jeremiah and Ezekiel settled into their familiar surroundings. The soft glow of lamplight illuminated the room as they prepared to break bread together. As they ate, their conversation turned to their experiences in ministering to those in need, both within the prison walls and beyond.

“I cannot help but wonder about the impact of our efforts,” Jeremiah mused, his brow furrowed in thought. “Do you ever question whether we are truly making a difference?”

Ezekiel considered Jeremiah’s question before responding. “It is natural to have doubts, my friend,” he replied gently. “But let us not underestimate the power of God’s word to transform lives. As it is written, ‘For as the rain comes down, and the snow from heaven, and do not return there, but water the earth, and make it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower and bread to the eater, so shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; it shall not return to Me void, but it shall accomplish what I please, and it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it'” (Isaiah 55:10-11).

Jeremiah nodded, his faith reaffirmed by Ezekiel’s words. “Indeed, we must trust in the power of God’s word to work in the hearts of those we minister to,” he agreed. “For even in the face of uncertainty, we can take comfort in the knowledge that our efforts are not in vain.”

As the evening wore on, Jeremiah and Ezekiel continued to share stories of their encounters with those they had sought to reach. Some tales were filled with triumph, while others bore the weight of disappointment and sorrow. Yet through it all, their bond remained unbreakable, strengthened by their shared commitment to their calling.

In the days that followed, Jeremiah and Ezekiel redoubled their efforts in spreading the gospel, undeterred by the challenges they faced. They visited the prison regularly, offering words of encouragement and hope to those who were incarcerated. They also extended their ministry to the surrounding communities, reaching out to the lost and the brokenhearted with the message of salvation.

Their work was not without its struggles. They faced opposition from those who doubted the sincerity of their efforts and questioned the effectiveness of their methods. Yet Jeremiah and Ezekiel remained steadfast in their conviction, trusting in the guidance of a higher power to lead them forward.

One day, as they made their way to the prison to conduct their weekly Bible study, they encountered a group of individuals gathered by the roadside. Among them was a young man named Daniel, whose life had been ravaged by addiction and despair.

“Is it worth it?” Daniel asked, his voice tinged with skepticism. “Do you really believe that your words can make a difference in someone like me?”

Jeremiah and Ezekiel exchanged a knowing glance before Ezekiel spoke. “We believe in the transformative power of God’s word,” he replied, his tone gentle yet firm. “As it is written, ‘For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes’ (Romans 1:16). We have seen firsthand the impact that the gospel can have on a person’s life, and we have faith that it can bring about change in yours as well.”

Daniel listened intently as Jeremiah and Ezekiel shared stories of redemption and hope, their words resonating deeply with his troubled soul. As the sun began to set, casting long shadows across the landscape

, Daniel made a decision that would alter the course of his life forever.

“I want to know more,” he declared, his voice filled with newfound resolve. “I want to learn about this God who can bring hope to the hopeless and light to the darkest of places.”

With hearts full of gratitude, Jeremiah and Ezekiel welcomed Daniel into their fold, embracing him as a brother in faith. Together, they embarked on a journey of discovery and transformation, united by their shared belief in the power of God’s love to change lives.

As the days turned into weeks and the weeks into months, Jeremiah and Ezekiel continued to minister to those in need, their faith unwavering in the face of adversity. Though they faced challenges and setbacks along the way, they remained steadfast in their commitment to their calling, trusting in the promise of a brighter tomorrow.

And as they looked back on their journey, they marveled at the countless lives that had been touched and transformed by the power of God’s word. For in the end, they knew that their efforts had not been in vain, and that the work they had undertaken was indeed worth it.

Jesus Loves The Mess

In the tranquil countryside, where the air was sweet with the scent of wildflowers and the melody of birdsong filled the air, there lived a young farmer named Jacob. Jacob’s days were spent toiling under the sun, tending to the fields, and caring for his livestock with steadfast determination.

One golden morning, as Jacob ventured into town to sell his produce at the market, disaster struck. A sudden gust of wind swept through the bustling square, knocking over his basket of freshly picked apples and sending them rolling across the cobblestone streets.

Amidst the chaos, Jacob’s heart sank as he watched his hard work scattered and bruised. Feeling defeated, he sank to his knees, unsure of how to salvage the situation.

But just as despair threatened to overwhelm him, a gentle voice broke through the commotion. “Let me help you,” it said, and Jacob looked up to see a stranger kneeling beside him, a warm smile on his weathered face.

“Jesus loves through the mess,” the stranger reassured him, gesturing to the spilled apples scattered at their feet.

As Jacob blinked back tears of gratitude, he noticed a coffee cup lying nearby, its contents spilled and making a big mess. “I don’t even know where that came from,” he muttered, feeling even more embarrassed by the chaos around him.

The stranger chuckled softly and reached for the coffee cup, offering Jacob a reassuring pat on the shoulder. “It’s alright, my friend,” he said, quoting from Isaiah 43:2: “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you.”

In that moment, Jacob felt a sense of peace wash over him. He realized that just as Jesus was willing to pick up the pieces of his messy life, He was also present in the midst of the chaos, offering comfort and reassurance.

With renewed determination, Jacob joined the stranger in gathering the spilled apples and coffee, grateful for the reminder that no matter how messy life may get, Jesus’s love remains steadfast, unwavering, and ever-present.

Worth The Sacrifice

In a quaint village nestled amidst rolling hills, there lived a humble tailor named Elias. He was known for his gentle heart and skilled hands, crafting garments with precision and care. Yet, despite his talent, Elias often felt unworthy, haunted by his past mistakes and shortcomings.

One crisp autumn evening, as Elias sat by the fireplace stitching a new garment, an elderly traveler entered his shop. The stranger’s eyes held a warmth that seemed to pierce through Elias’s troubled soul.

“Tell me, tailor,” the traveler began, his voice soft yet commanding, “do you believe in redemption?”

Elias paused, his needle hovering over the fabric. “I wish I could,” he confessed, “but I fear my past deeds are too grave to be forgiven.”

The traveler smiled knowingly and reached into his satchel, retrieving a worn parchment. “In 1 Corinthians 15:3, it is written: ‘For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures.'”

As Elias listened, the words washed over him like a soothing balm. The traveler continued, weaving tales of Jesus’s sacrifice on the cross and the boundless love that compelled Him to lay down His life for humanity.

Moved by the stranger’s words, Elias felt a glimmer of hope flicker within his heart. He realized that despite his imperfections, Jesus saw him as worthy of redemption.

Inspired by this newfound understanding, Elias set to work on a special project—a T-shirt bearing the message: “I’m not perfect but Jesus believes I’m worth the sacrifice.”

Word of Elias’s creation spread throughout the village, and soon, people from far and wide flocked to his shop, eager to purchase the garment that spoke to their own struggles and faith.

As Elias sewed each T-shirt with care, he couldn’t help but reflect on other passages about Jesus’s sacrifice and its importance in life.

He remembered John 3:16, which proclaimed, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.”

With each stitch, Elias poured his gratitude and reverence into his work, knowing that through Jesus’s sacrifice, he—and all who believed—could find forgiveness, redemption, and everlasting love.

And so, in a small village nestled amidst rolling hills, a simple tailor’s T-shirt became a beacon of hope, reminding all who wore it of the immeasurable worth bestowed upon them by the Savior’s sacrifice.

Walking Worthily

In light of Ephesians 4:1-3, the apostle Paul, as a prisoner of the Lord, passionately urges believers to conduct their lives in a manner worthy of their divine calling. To “walk worthily” involves embracing humility, gentleness, patience, and love-infused tolerance toward one another. This transformative walk is not about claiming personal worthiness but responding to God’s invitation to partake in His divine life (Ephesians 4:1-3).

In practical terms, a “walk worthily” means actively preserving the unity of the Spirit and fostering a bond of peace among fellow believers. The prescribed unity is not subject to human desires but is grounded in God’s divine order (Ephesians 4:4-6). This underscores our responsibility to diligently pursue unity and peace according to God’s design, rather than our own preferences.

Consider the newspaper article highlighting a community’s collaborative efforts to bridge divides and promote understanding, mirroring the principles of Ephesians 4. This real-world example illustrates the impact of walking worthily in promoting harmony and unity.

As recipients of God’s calling, our gratitude is expressed not merely in words but in the daily decisions and actions that reflect a commitment to live in alignment with the values outlined in Ephesians 4:1-3. While acknowledging our unworthiness, we can respond with lives that walk worthily, thereby embodying the transformative power of God’s calling.

Unraveling the Rich Young Ruler

Title: Unraveling the Rich Young Ruler’s Dilemma: Jesus’ Commandment Conundrum
In the saga of the Rich Young Ruler (Matthew 19:16-22; Mark 10:17-22; Luke 18:18-23), a youth of wealth and position sought the path to eternal life. Politeness led him to call Jesus a “Good Teacher,” unwittingly acknowledging Jesus’ divinity. Responding, Jesus pointed to the commandments as the guide to eternal life.

Now, brace yourself for the divine comedy:

  1. Thou Shall Not Murder, Commit Adultery, Steal, Bear False Witness: Jesus listed these classics, ensuring a solid foundation for moral living. It was like God’s greatest hits playlist.
  2. Do Not Defraud (Mark): Sneaking in a lesser-known track, Jesus dropped this gem, akin to a bonus feature on the DVD of divine commandments.
  3. Honor Your Father and Mother: Standard protocol, a commandment to keep family ties strong – because even divine beings know the importance of a good family dinner.
  4. Love Thy Neighbor as Thyself (Matthew): The golden rule made an appearance, confirming that Jesus’ playlist had a theme: relationship management.

Jesus, being the ultimate DJ, customized his setlist to emphasize interpersonal relationships, hinting that the young ruler’s stumbling block was in his connections with others.

However, the ruler, eager for a more personalized commandment, sought specifics. Enter Jesus, the life coach:

“If you want VIP access to heaven, sell all your possessions, give to the poor, and join my exclusive disciples’ club.”

Jesus wasn’t advocating a fire sale for everyone, just pinpointing the young man’s Achilles’ heel: his love affair with wealth.

Now, the tragic punchline: The young ruler, torn between eternal life and earthly possessions, couldn’t part with his treasures. Even though promised heaven, he couldn’t part with his beloved belongings.

Lesson for us all: What’s our prized possession? Would we sacrifice it for a golden ticket to heaven? (Matthew 10:37-39).

In this divine sitcom, Jesus showcased that sometimes, the best comedy has a serious undertone – or, in this case, an eternal one.

Harmony in Humility

Title: “Harmony in Humility: A Village’s Tale of Transformation”

In the picturesque village of Eldridge, nestled between lush hills and meandering streams, lived Alex, an aspiring linguist with a heart curious about the intricacies of language. As the story unfolds, Alex’s journey of discovery brings forth profound insights, not just about words but about the essence of human connection.

Alex, with a mop of unruly curls and an insatiable thirst for knowledge, had a peculiar fascination with the village’s unique tradition of omitting the word “I” from daily conversations. This linguistic quirk revealed a deeper communal bond, a harmony born from humility.

The village was an eclectic tapestry of characters, each with a story to tell. Olivia, the wise elder with silver hair and a face etched with wisdom, became the guiding force. Her observant eyes, softened by years of experience, saw beyond surface interactions, sparking contemplation about the fabric of their community.

Paul, a compassionate soul with a perpetual smile, became the embodiment of Philippians 2:3-4. His kind eyes reflected the sincerity of someone genuinely interested in others. In his interactions, Paul, with a head of graying hair and calloused hands, echoed Romans 12:10—always fond of fellow villagers and taking the initiative in acts of kindness.

In the heart of the village lived Lily, a young woman with a perpetual twinkle in her eye. Her golden locks framed a face that radiated warmth. Lily, guided by 1 Peter 1:22, exemplified a love that surpassed mere tolerance. Her actions spoke louder than words, creating an atmosphere where genuine connections blossomed.

The village expanded, introducing new characters like David, a sturdy man with a heart of gold, whose actions echoed Ephesians 4:2. His resilience and ability to bear with others in love became a beacon of inspiration for the community.

As the village faced challenges of an ever-expanding world, new characters emerged. There was John, a shrewd negotiator with a twinkle in his eye, whose understanding of Genesis 23:3-18 and 1 Chronicles 21:21-25 guided the village through the delicate balance of seeking others’ well-being.

Yet, conflicts arose. The alluring whisper of personal gain seduced some, leading to moments of biting and devouring each other, as warned in Galatians 5:14-15. Characters like Diotrephes, portrayed by an aloof figure with a cold gaze, became a living cautionary tale—a reminder that genuine connections require humility.

Amidst the ebb and flow of village life, a transformative moment emerged when Lily, in a pivotal character arc, faced the temptation of conceit. Diotrephes’ icy demeanor contrasted with Lily’s internal struggle, bringing Alfred Adler’s words to life. Lily’s journey became a testament to the challenges of humility in the face of personal recognition.

The village, now a canvas of interconnected stories, found itself at the crux of change. As the characters embraced the teachings of 1 Corinthians 13:4-5 and Ephesians 4:2, a profound harmony resonated. The intricate details of each character’s arc wove together, echoing James 2:8 as pride faded, making room for humility.

Proverbs 29:23’s cautionary note lingered in the air as conflicts stemming from pride (Proverbs 13:10) and the Creator’s disdain for it (Proverbs 8:13) created a dramatic backdrop against which the characters navigated their personal journeys.

As the story reached its conclusion, the village emerged transformed. The teachings of Philippians 2:1-11 had not just adorned the pages of ancient scrolls but had become a living narrative—a tale of individual growth, communal harmony, and the enduring power of humility in the human experience.

What Makes a Good Sermon?

In the quaint seaside town of Oceanview, where the salty breeze pirouetted through cobblestone streets, a close-knit church family grappled with a tantalizing question: “What’s a good sermon?”

At the helm of this quirky congregation was Preacher Miller, a man with a beard as tangled as his fishing lines. Known for his hearty laughter and a penchant for swapping fish tales, Preacher Miller was both the spiritual guide and the local comedian. His favorite sermon illustration involved a fish that got away, a metaphorical escape for the congregation’s sins.

In the pew next to the fisherman sat Elder Thompson, a wise soul with a white beard that rivaled Moses’. He was the town’s living encyclopedia of Biblical wisdom, always ready to share a verse, albeit sometimes in the form of a cryptic riddle that left the congregation scratching their heads. Elder Thompson’s unofficial role was to keep Preacher Miller’s metaphors from swimming too far into the realm of absurdity.

Their dynamic was a humorous dance, with Preacher Miller casting out his amusing anecdotes, and Elder Thompson reeling them in with a dose of scriptural gravity. The congregation, a colorful mosaic of characters, reveled in this comedic tag team.

As the town buzzed with curiosity about good sermons, the duo’s interactions took center stage. Preacher Miller, decked in a worn-out fishing hat, would often turn to Elder Thompson during sermons, seeking his nod of approval or a raised eyebrow of skepticism.

During one memorable sermon, Preacher Miller attempted a metaphor involving a net full of fish representing the saved souls. Elder Thompson, with a twinkle in his eye, countered with a reference to the disciples being “fishers of men.” The congregation erupted in laughter, appreciating the friendly banter that kept the sermons both enlightening and entertaining.

When it came to the biblical role of Elder, Elder Thompson was the voice of reason, the anchor in the sea of theological exploration. With a gentle spirit, he encouraged the congregation to delve deeper into the Word, often chuckling at Preacher Miller’s more outlandish interpretations.

In this whimsical community, the church family embraced the unique blend of humor and wisdom that Preacher Miller and Elder Thompson brought to their spiritual journey. The town of Oceanview continued to navigate the seas of faith, anchored in the scriptures and buoyed by the laughter that echoed through the stained glass windows of their extraordinary church.

Christian Actions of the Soul

In the quiet echoes of sincere belief,
Where faith resides, undisturbed, and grief,
Christian actions, a symphony so grand,
Speak louder than signals, across the land.

Not in the boastful clamor of the crowd,
But in humble deeds, in silence loud,
A kindness given, a hand that heals,
A love that resonates, the soul it feels.

The virtue signals may fade away,
Yet actions linger, in the light of day,
Compassion woven in each selfless choice,
A melody that uplifts, a soothing voice.

Through valleys low and mountains high,
Christian actions paint the endless sky,
A canvas of grace, strokes of love,
A reflection of the divine above.

No need for grandeur, no need for show,
In the genuine heart, virtues grow,
A living testament, a sacred art,
Where actions speak, a beating heart.

So let the symphony of deeds unfold,
In every story, in every threshold,
For Christian actions, a timeless song,
In whispers of right, they belong.

He Matters

In the quiet corners of every heart’s room,
Where shadows may linger, where doubts may loom,


Christ matters, His love an eternal stream,
A truth beyond time, like a sacred dream.

“For I know the plans I have for you,” He spoke,
A promise from the Scriptures, a celestial stroke.
Not just an anxiety teacher, as some may claim,
But the Lord of salvation, in Jesus’ name.

“In the beginning was the Word,” divine,
A truth transcendent, like aged wine.
Yet some dismiss, with a casual nod,
The wisdom found in the Word of God.

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart,” it’s told,
In conservative teachings, a treasure to hold.
For Christ matters in every stride,
A Savior’s love, forever our guide.

“Love your neighbor as yourself,” the decree,
A concept rooted in Christianity’s tree.
Beyond outdated, beyond the fray,
In Christ’s love, we find our way.

“In Him, all things hold together,” the verse,
An anchor for souls, a blessing, not a curse.
Not mere philosophy from days of old,
But eternal truths, forever told.

So, let Christ matter in every land,
A cornerstone, steadfast, and grand.
Not confined to anxious thoughts alone,
But a Savior’s love, eternally known.

My Pronouns Are…

In the picturesque town of Harmonyville, nestled between rolling hills and lush greenery, lived a community that epitomized the idyllic charm of small-town life. Harmonyville, with its cobblestone streets and charming cottages adorned with vibrant flower gardens, was a place where everyone knew each other by name. The town’s population of around 5,000 people was a close-knit community that valued tradition, faith, and neighborly connections.

Benjamin, a young man of 23, was a pillar of the community. Raised in a family deeply rooted in Christian values, he embodied the essence of Harmonyville’s tight-knit society. With his sandy blond hair and earnest blue eyes, Benjamin exuded an aura of kindness and sincerity. Known for his active involvement in the local church, he was a regular at community events, always willing to lend a helping hand to his fellow townspeople.

Contrasting Benjamin’s steadfastness was Trey, a 25-year-old with a penchant for challenging the status quo. With a charismatic demeanor, Trey’s jet-black hair and a perpetual twinkle in his hazel eyes hinted at a rebellious spirit. Unlike many in Harmonyville, Trey had moved to the town only a few years ago, bringing with him a different perspective and a desire to question established norms.

As Benjamin and Trey forged an unlikely friendship, the dynamics of Harmonyville began to shift. The town’s traditional values and close community bonds were momentarily tested by the interplay of their contrasting worldviews. The townspeople, accustomed to a harmonious existence, observed with curiosity as the two young men engaged in thought-provoking discussions that challenged the very fabric of their beliefs.

Harmonyville’s main square, adorned with a charming fountain and surrounded by quaint shops, became the backdrop for many of these conversations. The local bakery, known for its warm pastries and friendly atmosphere, often served as a meeting place for Benjamin and Trey. The aroma of freshly baked goods mingled with the tension of intellectual exchange, creating a unique blend that mirrored the dichotomy within the town.

However, it was the Harmonyville Coffee House, a cozy establishment on the corner of Elm Street, that became the common meeting place where the townspeople would overhear and observe Benjamin and Trey’s engaging discussions about their differences. With its rustic wooden furniture, exposed brick walls adorned with local art, and the soothing aroma of freshly ground coffee beans, the Harmonyville Coffee House provided the perfect backdrop for conversations that went beyond the usual pleasantries.

Regular patrons, engrossed in their own conversations or lost in the pages of a book, couldn’t help but eavesdrop on the thought-provoking exchanges between Benjamin and Trey. The clinking of coffee cups and the gentle hum of conversation created a harmonious atmosphere that mirrored the essence of the town itself.

As Benjamin quoted biblical verses and Trey countered with liberal viewpoints, the Harmonyville Coffee House became a microcosm of the larger debate unfolding within the town. The subtle tension and intellectual energy in the air captivated the attention of those seated nearby, turning the coffee house into an unintentional arena for the clash of ideals.

In the days leading up to the public debate, whispers of the discussions held at the Harmonyville Coffee House circulated through the town like a gentle breeze. The townspeople, intrigued by the unfolding dialogue, found themselves drawn to the coffee house, hoping to catch a glimpse of the ongoing conversations that would shape the upcoming debate.

The coffee house, once a haven for quiet contemplation, transformed into a symbol of the evolving dynamics within Harmonyville. The eclectic mix of patrons, from farmers to artists, shared knowing glances and exchanged subtle nods as they absorbed the rich tapestry of perspectives being woven by Benjamin and Trey.

The Harmonyville Gazette, always attuned to the pulse of the community, even featured a column titled “Coffee House Chronicles,” documenting the evolving friendship and debates between Benjamin and Trey. The quaint coffee house inadvertently became a meeting ground for unity amidst diversity, and its tables bore witness to the transformative power of genuine dialogue within the heart of Harmonyville.

As the public debate approached, the anticipation in Harmonyville reached a crescendo. The town hall, a historic building with wooden beams and stained glass windows, was buzzing with excitement as residents gathered to witness the clash of ideals between Benjamin and Trey. The stage was set for a dialogue that would not only define the town’s stance on multiple genders but also serve as a testament to the resilience of Harmonyville’s close-knit community.

Trey, with confidence in his stride, presented arguments for multiple genders, articulating the need for recognition and acceptance of diverse gender identities. The crowd listened attentively, a mix of curiosity and concern etched on their faces.

In response, Benjamin, true to his character, began with a quote from Genesis. “So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.” The familiarity of biblical verses resonated within the hall, and the audience waited with bated breath for the unfolding dialogue.

As the debate progressed, Harmonyville found itself at a crossroads. The charming town that prided itself on unity and tradition was now witnessing a clash of ideals that would either deepen the divisions or pave the way for a newfound understanding.

In the days that followed the debate, Harmonyville experienced a subtle transformation. The townspeople engaged in discussions at the local coffee shop, sharing their perspectives and grappling with the implications of the debate. The Harmonyville Gazette, a quaint newspaper that chronicled the town’s events, featured letters to the editor expressing a myriad of opinions on the matter.

Trey, now immersed in his quest for understanding, began attending local church gatherings with Benjamin. The community, initially divided, witnessed the blossoming of a unique friendship between the two young men. Harmonyville, true to its name, became a melting pot of diverse perspectives, learning to embrace differences while cherishing the shared values that defined the town’s essence.

As Benjamin and Trey continued their unlikely friendship, Harmonyville emerged as a symbol of resilience and growth. The town, with its rich history and newfound openness, embraced the complexity of the human experience, proving that even in the face of differing beliefs, harmony could prevail.

However, the most unexpected transformation occurred within Benjamin himself. The union of Trey’s liberal notions and the scientific evidence presented during the debate prompted Benjamin to reassess his perspectives. Wrestling with the weight of biblical teachings and the undeniable biological truths, Benjamin underwent a profound change of heart.

In a quiet moment of reflection, surrounded by the familiar sights and sounds of Harmonyville, Benjamin came to a realization. The harmony he sought within himself and the community required an acknowledgment of the diversity of human experiences. Guided by newfound insights and a deep understanding of the complexities involved, Benjamin no longer clung to a rigid view of gender.

With humility and grace, Benjamin embraced a more nuanced understanding that allowed for the recognition of the varied experiences of those around him. The once unwavering believer in a binary view of gender now acknowledged the intricacies of identity and the importance of compassion in navigating these complexities.

As Benjamin shared his evolving perspective with the community, Harmonyville witnessed a transformative moment. The town, once divided by the clash of ideals, became a beacon of acceptance and understanding. The Harmonyville Coffee House, where the initial debates had unfolded, now bore witness to a new chapter in the town’s history—one characterized by openness, empathy, and a shared commitment to embracing the beauty of diversity.

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Christ Matters

While the phrase “Christ Matters” is succinct, its depth extends far beyond a mere catchphrase on a t-shirt. It encapsulates the essence of a belief system that has shaped civilizations, transformed lives, and continues to resonate profoundly today.

Faith in Jesus Christ matters immensely because His teachings, principles, and the eternal message of love and compassion have reverberated through time, impacting humanity in ways that transcend the boundaries of culture, race, and creed.

Jesus Christ’s relevance isn’t confined to a bygone era; His teachings remain pertinent in today’s complex world. His emphasis on love for one another, forgiveness, and compassion serves as a guiding light through life’s challenges.

In Matthew 22:37-39, Jesus emphasized the two greatest commandments: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind” and “Love your neighbor as yourself.” These words, spoken centuries ago, resonate with unwavering relevance today, reminding us of the importance of empathy and kindness toward others.

The ethical and moral teachings of Jesus Christ, as outlined in the Bible, serve as a blueprint for living a meaningful and righteous life. In the Beatitudes (Matthew 5:3-12), Jesus extols virtues such as humility, mercy, purity of heart, and peacemaking, virtues that transcend time and culture, guiding individuals towards a path of righteousness and fulfillment. These timeless teachings offer solace and guidance amid the chaos and moral decay that seem rampant in today’s society.

In a world often characterized by division, hostility, and self-centeredness, the teachings of Jesus Christ stand as a beacon of hope and reconciliation. In Ephesians 4:32, it is written, “Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.” This verse highlights the transformative power of forgiveness and underscores the importance of fostering a spirit of harmony and understanding, even in the face of adversity.

Furthermore, the teachings of Jesus Christ encourage individuals to prioritize values that transcend material possessions and earthly desires. In Matthew 6:19-21, Christ emphasizes the impermanence of worldly treasures and urges the pursuit of spiritual wealth: “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven.” This admonition serves as a poignant reminder of the transient nature of material wealth and the enduring significance of spiritual fulfillment.

The urgency of embracing Jesus Christ’s teachings in contemporary society cannot be overstated. Amidst the challenges of moral relativism and a culture increasingly devoid of empathy, the relevance of Christ’s message shines brighter than ever. His teachings serve as a moral compass, guiding individuals toward lives filled with compassion, selflessness, and love.

In conclusion, the phrase “Christ Matters” extends far beyond a simple slogan; it embodies a profound truth that resonates through the ages. The teachings of Jesus Christ, as elucidated in the Bible, hold immense relevance in today’s world, offering timeless wisdom, ethical guidance, and a blueprint for righteous living.

Embracing these teachings instills hope, fosters compassion, and cultivates a society rooted in love and mutual respect, values that are indispensable in navigating the complexities of the modern world.