Five Ways We Sabotage Our Lives

J.D. Greear recently published an article which uses the story of Samson to show five ways we sabotage our lives. As J.D. writes:

Samson’s greatest enemy was himself. And that’s true for us as well. Aren’t there certain chapters in your life that you look back on and think, “What if I had just held my tongue?” Or, “Why couldn’t I have just controlled myself?” Or “What if I had just not returned that call?” One little decision sabotaged everything else.

Samson tells our story. He is a representative of the people of God, and a warning to us that our greatest enemy is never out there, but in here. His life shows us five ways that he sabotages everything from the inside out.

To read the entire article, head over to J.D.’s blog.

Who Are the Weak Among Us Today?

J.D. Greear recently published an article on his blog discussing how as he finished preaching through a series on the book of Judges at his church he realized how easy it is to read Judges and condemn the people for their heinous acts. But, as J.D. writes:

[W]e’ve got to realize that we aren’t any different. What we see in Judges 17–21 is just the inevitable result of casting off the rule of God. It begins with re-defining morality, and it always ends with the strong oppressing the weak.

This raises the question for us: who are the weak among us today? Where has our society, in a frantic rush to dismiss the wisdom of God, left a trail of pain and brokenness in its wake?

To read the entire article, head over to J.D.’s blog.

Should I Give to my Local Church First … Or to Other Ministries

Recently J.D. Greear responded to a common question on his blog: Should I give to my local church first, or to other ministries. In his article, J.D. writes:

Of the many questions that people perennially ask pastors, some of the most uncomfortable ones are about financial giving. Most of the questions I get about money go back to the idea of the tithe, the Old Testament principle of giving the first 10% of our income back to God. (For those who are curious, you can read my thoughts on tithing here.) But another huge question I get is about the destination of our giving. In other words, should I be giving to my local church, or is it okay to redirect my “tithe” to other ministries?

To read the entire article, head over to J.D.’s blog.