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Idol Threats?



There are many types of threats in the world today: terrorist threats, virus threats, economic threats, infrastructure threats, natural disaster threats, global warming, meteoroids, earthquakes. The list goes on and on.

Do you think about these types of threats? Do you worry about these types of threats? Are these threats real or just idle threats? I recently read a quote from Tim Keller regarding a different type of threat. Paraphrasing him:

Atheism is not a problem for most.  But allowing God to live side-by-side with our idols – that is our biggest problem.

In his book, Counterfeit Gods Tim defines an idol as “anything more important to you than God, anything that absorbs your heart and imagination more than God, anything you seek to give you what only God can give…”

John puts idols in three categories in 1 John 2:16 “For everything in the world—the lust of the flesh (possessions), the lust of the eyes (pleasure), and the pride of life (power)—comes not from the Father but from the world.” We all struggle with one or more of these types of idols.

My idol is sports. I spend way too much time reading about sports and watching sports.  Above is a screenshot of my iPhone. You notice my ESPN app is right next to my YouVersion Bible app. In addition, if you look carefully at the screenshot, you will see a capital G in the background. No, not G as in God, but G as inGeorgia logoeorgia football.

It is very easy for me to put sports ahead of God. I imagine most of us struggle with placing stuff above God. So how do we put God in His rightful place of being #1? I believe there are three keys:

  1. Complete an assessment. How are you spending your time and your money? What occupies your thought life? What do you obsess about? What do you put into your mind? 
  1. Put a governor on your idol. It doesn’t have to be cold turkey but limit your spending on your idol, limit the time you spend on your idol, and control what you put into your mind.  Be intentional.
  1. Most of all let God transform you. Romans 12:2 “Do not conform any longer to the patterns of the world but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.”

God promises to transform us if we do our part – renew our minds by reading his Word, control what we put into our mind, and control how we spend our time. This is not easy – most likely, these are long term habits that we need to break. But the benefits are so worth it for only then can we receive what only God can provide…peace, purpose, and a passion to serve Him.

1 Thessalonians 1:9b “…you deserted the dead idols of your old life so you could embrace and serve God, the true God.”

In His Service,



Posted by on November 7, 2014 in God's Word


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The Devil Made Me Do It? Part 1

From 2011


Most of us remember this line made famous by Flip Wilson’s character Geraldine on the 1970’s TV program “The Flip Wilson Show.”

But is this really true? Does Satan make us sin? It was a funny line on the TV show but a not-so-funny subject. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on June 18, 2013 in God's Word


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Mind Games?


P90X…Insanity…Crossfit…are all the rage. The main principle behind these workout programs is a theory called “muscle confusion.” The concept is that varying your workouts frequently dissuades the body from adapting to the workout regime and therefore growing and getting stronger quicker. Basically it is tricking your body into improving.

When it comes to improving/growing/transforming the mind however, confusion is not a good idea. Actually the mind works completely the opposite. “The more you focus on something — whether that’s math or auto racing or football or God — the more that becomes your reality, Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on January 22, 2013 in God's Word


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Home Alone?

Home alone, the bible

Last week I wrote about my favorite animated Christmas show “How the Grinch Stole Christmas”  ( and how the Grinch had a changed heart after he understood the true meaning of Christmas.

Well Christmas is 7 days away and you still have a few opportunities to watch another of my favorite Christmas movies “Home Alone.” “Home Alone” is just a fun movie to watch as Kevin uses Looney Tunes–type traps and tricks to fend off the bad guys.

The bad guys understood Kevin’s weaknesses and then devised… Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on December 17, 2011 in God's Word


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What a Wonderful World?

Dear Friends and Family,

What a wonderful world we do live in!  When we were living in Switzerland I rode the train to work every day and I would sit in the same seat everyday so I could have a perfect view of sun rising up over the Alps – very much like the photo on the right. After 3 years this view never grew old or become routine – it amazed me every single day. This is a wonderful, beautiful world that God created and we get to enjoy!

And while we are to enjoy the beauty that God created Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on October 27, 2011 in God's Word


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