Thirteen Unexpected Things about Christianity
- The great heroes of the Bible generally screwed up royally at some point in their lives. Moses, who later led Israel out of captivity, murdered an Egyptian. David, recognized as the greatest King of Israel and Judah, slept with another man’s wife, got her pregnant, and sent her husband to his death in battle in order to cover it all up. Paul, who penned more New Testament Biblical letters than anyone else, was a highly noted persecutor of the Christian church before his conversion.
- A person highly honored for her love of Christ was a former demon-possessed woman named Mary Magdalene.
- The points above highlight the grace and power of a loving God. If He can forgive those sinners, then He can forgive anyone. If He can make use of those screw-ups, then He can make use of anyone. As a matter-of-fact, not only can He do those things, but He deeply wants to do those things.
- A person highly recognized for generosity in the Gospels was a poor old woman who donated two nearly worthless copper coins. It was all she had.
- A person who actually amazed Christ with his faith was a non-Jewish warrior who, unlike the “religious experts” who felt threatened by Jesus, understood the authority and power of the Son of God.
- Peter—the most noted of the twelve disciples, the rock upon whom Christ would build His church—was the guy with no filter for his words. He was the first disciple to acknowledge that Jesus is the Messiah, and immediately afterward put his foot in his mouth by rebuking Christ for predicting His suffering, death, and resurrection.
- The point above is that Christians are human. As long as we’re alive on this earth, there is a tug-of-war between flesh and spirit.
- For all of our books and degrees and professional titles, what Christ really wants us to have is faith like a child.
- For all of our carefully constructed facades, what Christ cares about is on the inside: motivation, heart, intent.
- For all of our wars, economic emergencies, and political struggles, the Lord God Almighty is immovably seated upon the highest of thrones.
- One of the two criminals crucified with Jesus acknowledged Him as the Son of God, and Christ—right then at the painful, shameful end of the criminal’s life—granted him an eternal home in paradise.
- Paul had a thorn in his side, a problem or sin of some sort that God would not take away. This probably helped keep Paul humble. God said to Paul, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” (2 Corinthians 12:9)
- The truth is that, no matter how far we’ve fallen, no matter what bad things we’ve done, Christ’s grace is sufficient for all of us.
About the Author
Joseph D. Schneller served as a captain in the U.S. Marine Corps and holds a degree in Psychology from Whitworth University. He is an alumnus of the Christian Writers Guild. His publishing credits include Focus on the Family’s Thriving Family, Clubhouse, and Focus on the Family; LifeWay’s Stand Firm; and Walk Thru the Bible’s Indeed. He writes nonfiction and humor for adults, and fiction for children, youth, and adults. He and his wife, Kippi, live in Colorado with their two young boys. You can visit him and see samples of the book at www.josephschneller.com.
About the Book
The Christian journey is no easy path. Yet many believers suffer from the false assumptions that Christians are supposed to have it all together, that the walk of faith should be one of comfort and ease, and that difficulties come solely from mistakes or unfaithfulness.
In Your Average Joe, Joseph Schneller voices inner struggles of faith which resonate broadly among Christians. He writes for those tired of the canned answer, for everyday believers desiring to live in faith amidst the joys and pains, the responsibilities and tragedies of life. Through 30 daily devotionals and a half-dozen humor articles, he presents an honest, sometimes hilarious exploration of the Christian pilgrimage through this fallen world. And all throughout, he shows how, by Christ’s grace, we can have eternal impact through everyday life.
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(Women Are Not Allowed To Read This)
OK, now that it’s just us guys, let’s get down to business. You are a newly married man. While this is a great thing in many regards, you’ve quickly learned that your bachelor ways are Downright Wrong.
Living with your new bride is not the same as rooming with Al and Pigpen. In fact, every rule of communication, time management, and cleanliness is currently undergoing a Drastic Overhaul. Tearing up a little? It’s OK. We’ll handle these one at a time. Today’s topic: garbage.
At some point after the honeymoon (usually Day #2), your wife addressed the Division of Household Responsibilities. One of yours is taking out the trash. Why are you responsible for the garbage? Because it’s in your genes, just like it’s in your wife’s genes to decorate the house with tiny books entitled Friendship Is Forever, Precious Puppies, and Fuzzy Things That Squeak. (Side Note: At some point, you will be tempted to place one of these books beneath the short leg of the kitchen table. But unless you enjoy indoor cold fronts, leave the books alone.)