• The Humility of Jesus

    Humility. This word is so difficult for us to properly understand. It has been said that as soon as someone thinks s/he is humble, they are no longer humble. But as C.S. Lewis once said, “Humility is not thinking less of yourself, it is thinking of yourself less.” That definition may be cleverly worded, but it is fundamentally true. In Philippians 2, Paul wrote to the church that he wanted them to “complete my joy” (Phil 2.2). This joy would come by them being united in heart and in mind. Then, Paul says that they should not only think of their own interests, they should also consider the interests of…

  • What Do You Think About God?

    What comes to mind when you hear the word god? Are you offended that I typed that word in lower case? If so, then you probably have a high view of God. However, most people, on a worldwide scale, believe in a god rather than the one true God. But it is not enough to think that a word should be capitalized. It is not the word that matters, it is the Being that matters. A. W. Tozer once wrote, “What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us.” (1) Indeed. Is Jesus important? Yes. But if we do not believe that…

  • A Resolution Toward Truth

    How are you doing on your resolutions? I am not here to discourage you or to hold you accountable; rather, I want to encourage you. If you have already given up, why not start again. As I say so often, you only fail when you refuse to get up after you fall. So, get up, and start moving forward again. Having said that, let me remind you many resolutions fail because they are too vague. Resolutions need to have some specificity in order to consider the steps needed to achieve the ultimate goal. These steps then allow us to not only move forward, but to track the progress we have…

  • A Goal to Reflect

    Have you made any resolutions for the new year? Today is day three. Are you still keeping them? I have made resolutions in the past, but like most people, I have failed. I think something like 10% of people actually keep their resolutions. I have tried and been successful in some resolutions, and I have failed miserably in others. But I am not here to pick on you or me for our failures, I want to help us all know that we have a choice to start again. I am not just talking about resolutions from years past. I am talking about anything in which you need a do-over. The…

  • Short Reviews – A Review of My 4th Quarter Reading of The City of God

    I took a reading detour during the 4th Quarter. I did finish a couple of books I intended to read, but rather than sticking to my list, I decided to finish a book I had started in early 2018. The book may be familiar to many (or at least some) who read this, but I had not taken the time to read it before now. The book is titled, The City of God, by Augustine. As I have said many times before, when you are a student, much of your reading is assigned. Being on the other side of the desk, so to speak, I can now choose my reading,…

  • Knowing God, Part 3

    As we prepare for a new year and a new decade, a goal we should each have is to know God better. If we know God better, we should be better equipped to love Him more and to live accordingly (live in, not of – fotonni). Thus, for these last three weeks of the year, I am going to repost a short series from 2017 about knowing God. This is the third, and final, post of that series. You can find the first and second post here and here. — This post first appeared on this blog’s former site fotonni.blogspot.com on December 21, 2017. In the first two posts of…

  • Knowing God, Part 2

    As we prepare for a new year and a new decade, a goal we should each have is to know God better. If we know God better, we should be better equipped to love Him more and to live accordingly (live in, not of – fotonni). Thus, for these last three weeks of the year, I am going to repost a short series from 2017 about knowing God. This post is the second of three posts in the series. You can find the first post here. — This post first appeared on this blog’s former site fotonni.blogspot.com on December 14, 2017. In last week’s post, I attempted to prove that…

  • Knowing God, Part 1

    As we prepare for a new year and a new decade, a goal we should each have is to know God better. If we know God better, we should be better equipped to love Him more and to live accordingly (live in, not of – fotonni). Thus, for these last three weeks of the year, I am going to repost a short series from 2017 about knowing God. — This post first appeared on this blog’s former site fotonni.blogspot.com on December 7, 2017. One of my goals this year was to read one book per week. I am slightly behind pace (although if you count a few books I finished…

  • Do We Know Its Christmas

    It is December. And that means many Americans and others around the world are really stressed. If you were alive in the 1980s, you might remember the advent of several types of “aid” campaigns. The biggest of these was likely Live Aid which raised millions for Africa in 1985, and particularly for the famine in Ethiopia. A year prior, a song was recorded by several musicians who banded together (called Band Aid) to record a song entitled “Do They Know Its Christmas?” (Early the next year, in 1985, even more artists grouped together as “USA for Africa” to record “We Are the World”.) The point of the song (Do They…

  • Giving Thanks

    If you live in the United States, you likely celebrated Thanksgiving yesterday. (This posted on Friday, November 29, 2019). Now, I realize that many people had a difficult time giving thanks because of some circumstance in their life. And certainly, certain challenges in our lives make being thankful difficult. But the Bible does command us to give thanks in all circumstances (1 Thessalonians 5.18). Notice, it does not say to be thankful for all circumstances. Thus, we can find reason to give thanks even when the circumstances around us are not favorable. Personally, I have much for which to be thankful. I was able to spend time with family yesterday.…