This weekend I am preaching in church on Romans 12:17-21. It’s kicking my butt! I want revenge in some way, shape or form on those who hurt me. But this passage commands me to not only lay aside all thoughts of needing revenge, but it calls me to love. To love so much that those who have wronged me are convicted of their need for Jesus and repent. That’s a lot of love, and most days I probably don’t do that real well. But that is the greatness of Jesus and his love, it can do that.
“If your enemy is hungry, feed him;
if he is thirsty, give him something to drink.
In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.”[e] 21Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.
I just finished “Totally Wired” by Anastasia Goodstein. It’s purpose is to educate people about how teens are using the internet. Lots of basics, explanations of social networks, IM, technology use in schools, and so on. Now, I’m sure this book would have been awesome if I was scared of computers, but since I’m not, this book told me a lot of things I mostly already knew. So all in all, a book I would only recommend to those who are fearful of computers and how dangerous they are, or to parents who see their kids on the internet all the time, but have no idea what they are doing. If you just want to know everything about youth culture, check out Anastasia’s blog, which as a youth pastor is a must read every day.