• 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…

  • 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…

  • 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.…

  • 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…

  • Choosing a Response Through Pain

    What comes to mind when you hear the term Christian? <Pause to allow yourself to really think about that term for a minute.> For me, the focus is on the first part of that word – Christ. And, to me, that is good. It represents goodness, even perfection. It represents love. It represents peace. And so much more. But for many the word has a very different meaning. It represents judgment, hatred, hypocrisy, and so much more. And I get that. Many so-called Christians do not live as Christ lived. But the name actually was given to people for living differently – in, not of, you might say. Last week,…