Dog watching

Philippians 3:1-4 “Whatever happens, my dear brothers and sisters, rejoice in the Lord. I never get tired of telling you these things, and I do it to safeguard your faith.  Watch out for those dogs, those people who do evil, those mutilators who say you must be circumcised to be saved.  For we who worship by the Spirit of God are the ones who are truly circumcised. We rely on what Christ Jesus has done for us. We put no confidence in human effort, though I could have confidence in my own effort if anyone could. Indeed, if others have reason for confidence in their own efforts, I have even more!” Background: …

Belt of Truth #2 – Pants on the Ground

I’ll never forget the crazy American Idol wanna-be who became infamous for his silly song about kids who wear their pants so low you can see their underwear.  As I have been studying the belt of truth in Ephesians 6, I find God gave it to us to keep us from having the same problem – pants on the ground for lack of a sturdy belt. I did a Bible search and found the Greek word used for truth in Ephesians 6 aletheia used 99 times in the New Testament. It’s defined as “what is true in any matter under consideration” so this is not a relative truth or changing perspective …

Belt of truth #1 – Truth and lies

We have used ice breakers at teen events and small group functions to get people talking in fun interactive ways.  One that we have played many times involves making three statements about yourself.  Two of the sentences contain facts, while the third is a lie.  The group then decides which is true. This activity helps people learn things about each other and usually gets a good laugh.  I quickly learned the secret to tripping people up is to make your lie something mostly true with only one small detail inaccurate.  When I play, my lie usually has to do with driving a motorcycle in Chicago.  Most people know I went …