Ask The Pastor: Recapping April 1

If you ever have questions you want answered, send them to with Ask The Pastor in the subject line. Try and send them Sunday or Monday early, as I want to post this no later than Tuesday.

When we find success in our own lives, what can we do to reduce disappointment when/if we lose that success?

I think it’s impossible to be absent of disappointment, and I don’t know that we need to be totally absent of it to be pleasing to God. I think what’s important to evaluate is how deep the disappointment goes into our souls. You lose your job, you lose a child, you lose a friend, heck, even if your team loses a championship there can and should be an appropriate level of disappointment.

But is it soul-crushing disappointment? Is it identity-shifting disappointment? Is it reality-altering disappointment? Jesus is the same yesterday, today, and forever, and once we are His we will never cease to be His, so if that level of shifting takes place in our soul in response to disappointment, it may work to reveal how off we are in either our understudying of Jesus or the depth of our belief in Him.

What are some things we can do to remove these false expectations?

Dive as deep into Jesus as we can through the word, through prayer, through music, through meditation, etc. Dive as deep into Jesus as we can.

How can we identify ‘bad’ teachers from the authentic and ‘good’ Spiritual Teachers?

The best thing we can do is what Paul told Timothy in 1 Timothy 4:16 “Keep a close watch on how you live and on your teaching.” The best thing you can do is to know the truth, the best way to know the truth is to be intentional about developing our theology, or understanding of God. We are warned in Matthew 24:23-24, 2 Peter 3:3, and Jude 17-20 that there will be people who attempt to deceive us, so we must focus on the truth of Jesus and not the personality of a person.

Non-believers often have misconstrued stereotypes of Christians. What are the most common or untrue stereotypes? How can we approach and overcome them?

Hmm, this is a tough one, mainly because I’m not a non-believer! 🙂

Almost all stereotypes are based on a certain amount of truth, so what might be a better question is what stereotypes are assumed to be true for ALL Christians. All Republicans? Nope, not by a long shot. Counter this by being concerned with all humans, not just the ones in the womb. Them too, just not only them. All hypocrites? Not by a long shot. Yes, there are many who claim to be Christians but are so in word only, but many, MANY people are genuine in their faith, don’t assume to be better than anyone else, and are trying to love and serve Jesus and their neighbors.

The best way to overcome them is to live genuine, grace-filled, humble, loving lives to any and every one. This book, unChristian, is a fuller explanation of this topic.

As Christians, what expectations can we have of Jesus?

All 200+ of these.

Ok, that’s it for today! Part two coming tomorrow! Have more questions? Leave them in the comments and we’ll try and get to them!



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