The pendulum often swings when following truth (biblical principles). At one extreme is legalism. Legalists have self-righteous attitudes that rate spirituality by how well a person follows rules. This we want to avoid at all costs lest we become modern-day Pharisees.
A legalist often has a sliding scale mentality — the more rules and regulations a person follows, the more spiritual they become. The legalist often forgets that we are saved because of what Christ did, not by what we do. He, or she, may have the tendency to view struggling Christians as counterfeits because they don't measure up to the standards of the legalist. Most Christians will struggle with legalism from time-to-time. That's why it's important to check motives, remove the "plank" from our eye, and respond in love.
The compromiser, sometimes referred to as a "Las Vegas Christian," is at the other extreme, and compromises God's word by their lifestyle. They forget that God's absolutes are guardrails through the canyons of life. They don't prevent us from enjoying life; they protect us from falling. I Peter 2:16 warns us "not to use liberty as a cloak for vice." In other words, we can artfully use liberty to hide addictions, sins, and destructive lifestyles. more >>
The two Americans diagnosed with Ebola after working in Liberia are both fervently praying to God for deliverance, and now they are reportedly improving as well. Dr. Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol were both infected while working as Christian missionaries and their faith is helping them through their ordeal.
"She's stable," Nancy's son Jeremy told "Today." "She's fighting through it and continuing to express a few symptoms but she's able to move around on her own. She's working real hard to get through this."
Writebol and her husband David have served as missionaries for over 15 years and are still together in Liberia. David is only allowed to see his wife through a window, lest he be infected as well. Their church in Charlotte, North Carolina held a prayer service for the couple. more >>
The residents and staff at the Diana Isaac Retirement Village in New Zealand, put together a very "Happy" tribute. They celebrate 80 years and show they have lots of energy left. This song was made for people all over the world to get happy when they sing it. You can tell these residents definitely are happy to come this far.
Thank God for allowing them to sing and dance as well as they do!more >>
This homeless man was ignored every day until these three strangers did something unforgettable for him. They walk up to him with a simple request for a bucket and he allows them to use it. What they do next attracts a big crowd who would normally walk by the homeless man.
They bring him all the attention he needs for people to become gracious. This is simply heartwarming!more >>
A 39-year-old Maryland man recently modeled his face transplant in GQ magazine.
Richard Norris, who hopes his GQ shoot inspires others with disfiguring injuries, was 22 when his nose, cheekbones, lips, tongue, teeth, jaw and chin were accidentally blown off by a shotgun back in 1997. He has no memory of what occurred during the accident.
U.S. bobsledder and Olympic hurdler Lori "Lolo" Jones has shared openly of her struggles in prior years of trying to accomplish things by her own strength, instead of relying completely on God. "That exhausted me. It broke me," she confessed to fans, moving many of them to reveal their own struggles.
"Be the kind of person who never gives up hope, regardless of how hopeless things seem, because your hope is in the Lord," Jones wrote on her Facebook page on Tuesday.
She went on to share, "My prayers have been on hope lately. The last few years without me knowing I began to lose hope that God answered my prayers. I continued to worship and love Him but I tried to do things in my own strength. That exhausted me. It broke me. Especially with the taunts of social media always reminding me of things I lacked. A gold medal, a husband, etc etc... But If I never get what I want, I have committed my life to you Lord." more >>