How To Be A Christian Without Being A Jerk

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Psalm 11

March 3rd, 2015







Psalm 11:4-5

The Lord is in his holy temple; the Lord is on his heavenly throne. He observes everyone on earth; his eyes examine them. The Lord examines the righteous…


Why is God watching those who are living in his ways? The righteous? The end of Psalm 11 gives the answer:


For the Lord is righteous, he loves justice; the upright will see his face.


When you follow God’s ways, he’s with you. You will know this.

Psalm 10

March 2nd, 2015

10:1 Why, O Lord, do you stand far away?    Why do you hide yourself in times of trouble?

God does not need to test you to find out about you…He already knows. So understand that testing comes, but it’s not God’s work to test by causing suffering…When trouble does come, the important thing is to understand that God is against it.

-Dallas Willard

Psalm 2

February 11th, 2015

Welcome to Istanbul





2:3 “Let us break their chains,” they cry,
“and free ourselves from slavery to God.” (NLT)


Do people who don’t want God in their lives do so because they don’t want to obey him? Do they feel like slaves to God?

When you follow the model of Jesus and his teachings you are free. You can choose not to follow and there are consequences.

I remember driving in Istanbul and people were not following stop signs or stop lights. Four lane highways were treated like eight lanes and people would just drive right at you, so you had to swerve over or be hit.

This didn’t feel like freedom, being able to drive however you wanted. It was a disaster waiting to happen.

Having the freedom to obey is what brings blessing.

How To Be A Christian Without Being A Jerk

Faith in real life