• 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…

  • 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…

  • Imitating God

    Have you read the Bible? I mean really read the Bible? If so, you know one of the most understated verses in the Bible is Romans 3.23 which says that we all fall short of God’s glory. One of the reasons I like the Bible is because it is real. It shows the good, the bad, the ugly, and the really ugly. We have heroes like David, Paul, and many others who were far from perfect. In fact, apart from Jesus, I think Daniel is about as close to perfect as we might find based upon the evidence in the Bible. The reality is that knowing our biblical heroes are…

  • A Worthy Walk

    You have likely heard the phrase, “He can talk the talk, but can he walk the walk?” This phrase (or something similar) is used in many different areas of life. Perhaps it is someone boasting about their ability in sports or acting or any number of other areas. But the statement is certainly true of living as a Christian. And for those who cannot walk the walk, well, we (yes, I include myself), we are called hypocrites. The reality is that no one who has ever been a Christian is able to perfectly walk the walk. And yet, we are to talk the talk. That is, we are to teach…

  • CEW is Launching

    The wait is over. Ok, so not everyone has been waiting, but some have, and for those who have, the wait ends Monday, November 4. You may recall that during the first part of this year, I did a series on administering the church. It is natural for me to talk about such matters because it is one of the courses I teach at seminary. But, frankly, it represented a drift from the overall purpose of this blog. If I squint and look hard enough, I can see a connection, but, well, fotonni is not meant for that purpose. So, in the last post in June, I mentioned a change…

  • Tests, Commands, and the Spirit of God

    During the last couple of posts, I have been writing about the tests that Christians face. Sometimes these tests are internal (should I really do that?) and some are external (“I can’t believe what is happening!”). Regardless, all people face these types of tests, but as Christians, we are commanded to pass tests that may seem impossible to pass. In his first letter to the church at Thessalonica, Paul wrote of many tests. Of course, we must understand that Paul’s writings were never just written randomly. He was addressing real issues in real churches. And the letter we call 1 Thessalonians was no exception. For the sake of space, I…

  • Tests and Faith

    Are you someone that likes tests? People respond to tests very differently. Some people thrive on the pressure (whether the pressure is perceived or real). Some people crumble. Others focus less on the fact that something is a test, and just consider whatever is before them, the next task to be completed. But what is true for all of us is that we all face tests. Every day. Of course, the tests that we face change over the course of our lives. In grade school, we have tests in subjects such as math and spelling. As we grow a little older, more specific studies are added, and thus, more tests…