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Tuesday, June 26, 2012

You Loved Me Through My Good and My Bad

J-Moss recently came out with the single, "You Loved Me Through My Good and My Bad."  This simple song illustrates a deep theological truth.  God loves you despite you!  The biblical narrative is full of examples of God loving individuals through their good and their bad:

· Abraham is the father of faith (good) but also lied repeatedly to save his own butt (bad).
· Noah was faithful and obedient to build the ark (good) but also was a drunk (bad).
· Paul planted many of churches across Asia Minor (good) but also persecuted many who followed Christ (bad).
So the next time you feel like a disappointment to yourself, your family, your community, and your God remember God loves you through your good and your bad.

Scripture Reference:  Book of Genesis

God bless,
Bondservant Hollis

Monday, June 11, 2012

Living Life in Triangles

Living in Triangles
A triangle is a term that is familiar to those who are familiar with systems theory.  Triangles are neutral within themselves that is to say they are neither good nor bad.  This is also true for many things in life.  Triangles occur when anxiety exists between two individuals and they incorporate a third party to release the anxiety.  Triangles can take the form of:
·         An affair whether emotional or sexual
·         Gossiping
·         Or even a prayer request
·         Mediating conflict between two individuals (conflict resolution)
Triangles are unavoidable most times so the key is to recognize them show you can navigate through them effectively.  So how does one know if a triangle is good?  So glad you asked:
·         If the triangle has to be hidden then it is not a beneficial triangle
·         If the triangle doesn’t lead to the edifying of the kingdom then it is not a beneficial triangle
·         If the triangle causes more harm than good then it is not a beneficial triangle
Here is a triangle that is always beneficial.  You + Anxiety + God = a successful triangle.  Why because God is the only one who is truly able to do something about your anxiety any way.  So try to avoid negative triangles and seek God’s wisdom for those you can’t avoid.
Scripture Reference:  1 Thess. 5:11
God bless,
Bondservant Hollis