• Righteous Living

    What do you think of when you hear the word righteous? Most people begin with the mind, and that is fine, because our mind controls our actions. But we cannot keep the thought confined to our minds because our minds are to control our actions. That is, righteousness might begin in our minds, but it must manifest itself in our actions. As we continue our series on redeeming the time, and specifically at Scripture’s profitability for training in righteousness, we must properly understand righteousness. We may not be able to fully understand it (I can’t!), but that does not excuse us from trying. In last week’s post, I shared about…

  • Focused Training

    I am not one who likes to exercise. I have been very diligent in the distant past, but more recently, I just struggle to exercise. Like many people, I am fully aware that exercise is “good for me” and that it will likely keep me healthy longer, but taking the time to do it is another matter. Most people learn best when they realize the need for their learning. This idea is actually one of the key components of adult learning theory. But the idea is not just true for some kind of formal learning, it is true for most anything we need to do or learn – including exercise!…

  • In Training

    Over the past couple of months, we have been reviewing how the profitability of Scripture can help us redeem the time. 2 Timothy 3.16 says that Scripture is profitable for teaching, reproof, correction, and training in righteousness. We have briefly covered the first three elements, and this week we move to the final portion of training in righteousness. For this week, I will cover that idea generally. Then, next week, I will share a story from Scripture that encompasses that thought. In two weeks, I will share a perspective of righteousness from the Old Testament, before moving to another spiritual discipline for a while as we enter April. Much more…

  • Appealing for Unity

    In the midst of this series on learning to Redeem the Time, we are currently focused on how the spiritual disciplines need to be a part of our understanding to know what and how to do it. Currently, we are looking at how Scripture is profitable towards that end (based upon 2 Timothy 3.16). I have briefly covered the profitability of using Scripture to teach and reprove and today we will talk about correction using Romans 12 and 1 Corinthians 1. I touched on Romans 12 last week, but we will jump into the first eight verses momentarily. First, let me remind us that Paul’s primary purpose in writing letters…

  • The Importance of Correction

    For the last couple of weeks, our focus has been on the second aspect of profitability as mentioned by Scripture in 2 Timothy 3.16. That aspect is reproof, which followed teaching. This week we will move to the third element in that list. And that element is correction. This look at 2 Timothy 3.16 is part of a larger series on knowing and applying the Bible to our lives. A proper “intake” of the Bible is important if we are to live effectively for God. And that is the goal of this even larger series called “Redeem the Time” which is based upon Paul’s words in Ephesians 5.16. These four…

  • Better Judgment

    In last week’s blog, I gave a practical formula for judgment. The formula is based upon considerations of Matthew 6.33-7.5 and 2 Timothy 3.16, which is our focal verse right now as we consider what it means to redeem the time (Ephesians 5.16). If you are reading for the first time, the goal of this series is to consider how the spiritual disciplines can help us to live in, not of the world. (“In not of” spelled backwards is fotonni, the name of this blog.) If we are to live in, not of the world, we must consider what we are to do in the world, and then discover how…

  • To Judge or Not to Judge

    On this blog right now, we are focusing on the idea of Redeem the Time which is rooted in Paul’s statement to “make the best use of time” from Ephesians 5.16. Within that overall focus we are looking at how spiritual disciplines can help us redeem the time. However, the goal is not simply to do certain disciplines like reading the Bible, praying, serving, etc. Rather, the goal is to understand how the various disciplines can help us to truly redeem the time. Therefore, right now we are doing a deep dive into how Scripture makes that possible. And the emphasis is how the Bible claims for itself that all…

  • The Truth About Reproof

    When is the last time you voiced your disapproval at someone or something? What informed your mindset? What criteria did you use? How did you go about sharing your disapproval? As I write this, I am reminded of something I did last night. I was very tired and I had just woke up from a nap. My wife asked me to review something and I didn’t like what I saw. And I said so. But my response upset her. She had worked hard, and knowing that I was unavailable, she did her best. But I was focused on my thoughts rather than on helping her. And my thoughts were clouded…

  • Pure Profit

    In the 1970s and 1980s, a popular set of commercials were those about the brokerage EF Hutton. Generally, two people were in a crowded room talking about investing, and one would ask the other what their broker says. The response included, “Well, my broker is EF Hutton,…” and at that point everyone in the room stopped what they were doing and tried to listen in. (If you are not familiar with the commercials, here is one clip https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2_ygqPepLjM.) The success behind the commercials is that people wanted to get a tip on their investments. Specifically, they wanted to know what to do to be profitable. Well, the Bible answers the…

  • True Nutrition

    Last week I talked a bit about resolutions. As I mentioned then, one of the main ideas for many people relates to their health. Whether the resolution is about eating better or exercising more, the ultimate goal is health. This series on redeeming the time is, in one sense, a lot about exercise. As Paul wrote to Timothy so many years ago, physical exercise is of some benefit, but training ourselves spiritually is what makes a difference both now and for eternity. Thus, I will be sharing a lot of different thoughts on exercising the spiritual disciplines. But my plans are to do so with the intent of having that…