The Disciples’ Grief Will Turn to Joy

Don’t settle for less, #04: Don’t dwell on your haters

Don’t dwell on your haters – but do spend time with them

Huh?  Spend time with them?  Even in the secular world, there a saying that some people go by.  Keep your friends close, and your enemies even closer.  But that’s to protect yourself from them.  As a Christian, there’s a different reason for spending time with our enemies.  Remember the kinds of things Jesus did in that regard?

don't dwell on your haters

Distractions – part 1 – run away from God, or run to God?

A funny thing happened on the way to writing Distractions.  I got distracted.  First, it was going to be an update to something I wrote almost eight years ago.  Somehow, it turned into something brand new.  Then, I got distracted again.  This time, by medical news.  News that raises the question – to run from God – or run to God?

Distractions - part 1 - run away from God, run or to God?

A note on happiness

Are we supposed to be happy?  To most people, the answer is probably obvious.  At least it may seem obvious.  But to others, like me, who have issues with depression – the answer is hardly obvious at all.  Being happy can feel like something for other people.  Whether happiness is something to experience can be a question for Christians as well.

The preachers who are into the so-called prosperity gospel, which isn’t in the New Testament, say – of course, God wants us to be happy.  But what does Jesus actually say about being happy during His time on this planet?  Jesus’ words should be shocking to those proponents and believers of that “prosperity gospel”.

I’m asking this question because I’m trying to write this series on The Beatitudes.  You know – the part of the Sermon On The Mount where everything starts with “Blessed are …”?  Well, if you didn’t know already, that can also be translated as “happy are …”.

When you read it, it sounds kind of odd.  Actually – it can sound really odd.

happy dog

The problem of “Ask and you will receive”

Yes, John’s Gospel really does record Jesus saying “Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete”.  And you know what?  If that was the only thing Jesus said – it might even mean what too many of us think it does / should mean.  But there are two problems with that line of thinking.

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