“Spiritual Drift” – The Holiness Project – Day 6

My youngest girl just turned 18 this month.  Wow!  Do they ever grow up fast!  My other daughter is already living on her own in Vancouver, British Columbia in Canada.  But, although she is far away and my youngest is close by, they always need their parents.  Especially when it comes to boys.  Sometimes the relationship is hot and sometimes it’s cold.  Sometimes they are getting along fine and sometimes they are fighting like cats and dogs.

And when things are going well, I tell them that the fact they are angry or upset means that the relationship matters to them.  Hot or cold, they are engaged.  It’s when they don’t care, when they shrug their shoulders and have no problem walking away, when they are lukewarm….that’s when you should start worrying.

“Spiritual Joy” – The Holiness Project – Day 2

Joy is Not Optional. 

That is the declaration of Pastor John Piper from Desiring God.  He coined the term Christian Hedonism and it certainly puts a spin on things.

This is a truth that many (if not most) modern Christians simply do not understand or experience. I want to take a closer look at it precisely because I did’t get it either for a long time. Now I have a glimpse of that far country, that beautiful vision, and I want to share it with you. The vision of spiritual joy.

The problem with most of us (myself included) is that having joy in my relationship with God is not that common. Certainly there are moments of joy but it is not a common experience. Certainly I can compare it with my relationship with my family and understand that there are moments of joy and, in other moments, there is anger and pain and depression as well. Not necessarily because of my family. Just because of life.

“Spiritual Goals” – The Holiness Project – Day 3

With those two bold claims, we as a Christian fellowship should be able to take the gates of hell by storm.  But alas, it is not so.  Something else needs to be said.  For some reason, a suspicious fear has arisen among the people of God that if they strive too hard for anything, they would offend God.  We want to be super careful not to build our own kingdoms and end up defeated, living life in our fleshly selves without the anointing of God.

Actually, I have to agree.

“Spiritual Foundations” – The Holiness Project – Day 4

Argentina is known for many things.  We have “asados” (a typical barbeque) with some of the best meat in the world.  We drink “mate” which is a rather bitter herb grown locally and usually shared around in a group (no more after Covid19) and we have Maradonna (and Messi) two of the best soccer players in the world.  We love our soccer!!

But Argentina is also known for other things, such as Peronism (a political party) that has fascist roots but, really, is rather more socialist and has destroyed the economy.  Many would argue that point of course but that is the problem.  Not that I want to talk politics, you understand, just point out the obvious.

“Spiritual Effort” – The Holiness Project – Day 5

I’m not sure that I have ever heard a sermon on Spiritual Effort.  It’s like we are so focused on a “salvation” perspective of the Christian life that we lose sight of the “discipleship” expectations that this salvation has created in us.  

I call these verses the “make every effort” verses of the Bible.  I quoted the main one above (which we will study in more detail later) but here are three more…

“Spiritual Sacrifices” – The Holiness Project – Day 7

There are a few sayings that I really like, mostly because they tend to get to the heart of the matter and usually give a different perspective on things.  One of those that I like has to do with parenting (especially for fathers).  As a father myself, I have fallen into this trap a couple of times.  When my wife wants to go out, I end up babysitting the kids (at least that is how I usually put it).  But one day, my wife said to me, “Look, you aren’t babysitting, you’re parenting.  You aren’t doing me a favor, you’re just doing your job.”

Wow.  Burned.  But in a good way, you know?