Posts by Dripping Springs Church of Christ

Posts by Dripping Springs Church of Christ

Anger control and management

You Won’t Like Me When I’m Angry

Jacob Rutledge The Incredible Hulk used to warn others about the consequences of his rage by saying, “Please don’t make me angry; you won’t like me when I’m angry.” Interestingly, the warning was always for other people: they wouldn’t like him angry. In truth, the character Bruce Banner (who plays the human part of the Hulk before he transforms) takes pleasure in the brute strength, power, and freedom his anger grants him. Is his temper dangerous? Certainly. Yet, with that…

Psalm 18: Equipped for Victory

A “defeatist mentality” is a mindset which assumes all attempts at success, change, and victory are pointless. It believes that the enemy is too strong, the righteous are too weak, and that the inevitable outcome of history will be one in which Satan gets the last say. It quickly gives in to despair and refuses to risk anything, convinced that such attempts would lead only to defeat. If we are being honest, each of us struggles with this mindset from…

A Psalm for Your Calm: Psalm 18: God’s Perfection Demands Praise

Why do you worship God? Is it out of a sense of obligation? Is it due to the benefits of worshipping communally such as making social connections? Maybe our reasons are more theological: we worship the Lord because he saved us from sin and death. While this final reason is sound and good, it isn’t the ONLY reason we worship God. We worship the Lord, not simply for what He has done, but for who He is. Psalm 18 speaks…

A Psalm for Your Calm: Psalm 18

We will never feel secure in God until we are captured by the majesty of God. Safety and assurance are only produced when we are confident that the one who promised to protect us is able to ensure it. Sadly, when we face insurmountable odds, God is the last one we turn to. Why? Is it possible that we believe the Lord’s hand is ineffective in certain areas of our life? More likely, it is the fact that we have…
Yellowstone

Beirut Reminds us of the Brevity of Life

Jacob Rutledge This past week the capital of Lebanon, Beirut, was rocked with an explosion that resembled an atomic bomb. Terrifying footage of the event flooded the internet, and viewers watched in horror as the detonation demolished the city. So far 135 are dead with thousands suffering from injuries. The event is being linked to a Russian ship that had been in port for 7 years, filled with ammonium nitrate. In the coming weeks, details will continue to come out,…

A Psalm for Your Calm: Psalm 17

There is a difficult truth which believers must remember every day: this life isn’t the ultimate one. It is difficult in that the present, tangible existence we presently enjoy is all we know; its comforts and promises of fulfillment are always tantalizing. That there is a grander existence waiting doesn’t mean that we can’t enjoy the present world, but that we should enjoy it with the understanding that it isn’t the final world. A new world is coming—a heavenly country—one…

A Psalm for Your Calm: Psalm 14

In 2006, prominent English biologist and atheist Richard Dawkins released the book “The God Delusion.” Selling more than three million copies and making its way near the top of the New York Times Bestsellers list brought Dawkins to the forefront as one of the most prominent anti-religious voices in the world. Ironically, while Dawkins is considered a respected author and teacher in his field, he also is someone that God considers a fool. While this might seem audacious, the Psalmist…

A Psalm for Your Calm: Psalm 13

“How long will this go one?” It’s a question on many of our minds as we continue to fight the present pandemic. When is it going to end? If we could only see a light at the end of the tunnel—a tangible stopping point—it would make our situation much more bearable. Yet, as it stands, no one really knows the answer as to when this will be over. That’s tough. We aren’t the only ones who ask this question, in…
Women watering plants with sprinklers in a warm sunlight

Are You Watering Your Garden?

With the increased heat of Texas summer fully upon us, I find myself—once again—investing more time in the maintenance of my yard. Diligence in evening watering is absolutely necessary lest my poor grass shrivels under the scorching heat of the sun. Added to my list of yard duties is caring for a little garden we started back in March; full of tomatoes, cucumbers, squash, the occasional Bell pepper, and watermelon. If my grass suffers under such oppressive heat, my garden…

A Psalm for Your Calm: Psalm 11

When faced with a dangerous presence, humans often respond in one of two ways: fight or flight. When we feel threatened, we either stand our ground and fight to the bitter end, or we run away in fear. If I am being honest with my own weaknesses, I am often tempted to avoid controversy rather than stare it down. While this might be an admirable quality when trying to avoid unnecessary strife, it can be an excuse for cowardice in…
Yellow Push Pin Out Of The Crowd Concept Over Blue Backgound

Think Right, Live Right

“Garbage in, garbage out” is what your mother maybe told you growing up. It’s a simple proverb that reminds us of the importance of being mindful of what we consume. If we fill our minds with ungodly, impure material, then it will eventually influence the way we live and subsequently determine how we act. Your thinking, and what you meditate on, is directly connected to how you live (Mat. 15:18-19). Paul, understanding this truth, wrote to Titus about this principle:…

A Psalm for Your Calm: Psalm 7

I have yet to meet someone who enjoys being criticized. While we might appreciate constructive criticism, we rarely feel it is actually “constructive” in the true sense of the word. In fact, we often have people in our life who pinpoint a deficiency in our character and relentlessly pursue it: a mother who constantly critiques the way her daughter raises her children; a father who always corrects the way his son maintains his house; an employer who humiliates his employee’s…