Think About It Archive

How welcome is change in your life?

January 11, 2019

How welcome is change in your life? Are you thinking “sometimes” like I do? Great! I’m glad to be in company with you. For a lot of us, our first thoughts and concern in evaluating change is how it will affect “ME.” Will it facilitate my plans and paths or will this change hinder me? That’s a pretty natural response, and it’s…

“Cat got your tongue?”

January 3, 2019

“Cat got your tongue?” Looking for the origins of idioms can be an interesting diversion. This one likely came from the practice the English Navy made of using a “cat-o-nine-tails” whip to punish certain offenders. It is said (and I believe it) that the pain was so severe the person being whipped was speechless trying to recover from…

Have you noticed this?

December 20, 2018

Have you noticed this? The Christian life/experience is very much one of waiting. This seems to be a bitter pill for a lot of us North Americans who are used to instant gratification, or at the very least, life according to Amazon fulfillment. For many of us, the “now” life has been permanently ingrained in us and we may…

Let’s be real about this…

December 13, 2018

Let’s be real about this. Even for people of “faith,” it’s not always effortless to have “faith” or “believe” in something, is it? For most of us there is an effort that requires choosing to believe, to trust, to have faith. Would that this gift be a more automatic response in the matters that truly count! But a virgin giving birth? Today it’s not as much…

Where are the marks on the wall of your life?

November 21, 2018

Where are the marks on the wall of your life? Maybe you’ve done this for your kids or your Mom did it for you while you were young. There was some specially designed wall in your home with some pencil marks on it where, as you grew from year to year, she marked where your head had reached.…

I was thinking about Paul’s letter to Titus…

November 15, 2018

I was thinking about Paul’s letter to Titus and how it could appear this young Pastor really caught the “short straw” being given the church in Crete as his responsibility. The more I thought about it, I began to consider what his mission field was like in contrast to say, yours and mine. Cretan poet/philosopher Epimenedes labeled…

Here’s the $1,000,000 question…

November 8, 2018

Here’s the $1,000,000 question: How can I please you, God? I’ll be very willing to admit that a lot of teachers and preachers have made the answer to this question more perplexing, complicated and sacrificial than it ought to be. I’ll also be quick to add (because I myself have struggled with this) that too often…

“Take time to be holy.”

November 1, 2018

“Take time to be holy.” That’s how the old hymn by William Longstaff starts. To me this sounds like a somewhat dated expression and a confusing statement. Take time to be holy. What does that say about me the remaining time? Am I unholy? (That was rhetorical) I know that God says since I am “in Christ” I…

Lessons learned from the Land of Uz (No, not Oz)

October 25, 2018

Lessons learned from the Land of Uz. (No, not Oz)  When (not, if) life goes South on us, when relationships strain or disappoint, when expectations remain unmet, when we are crushed by disaster, we can struggle greatly to keep our balance and exercise right thinking, can’t we? At times we may experience collateral damage from circumstances happening within…

Falling limbs may be an analogy of your life…

October 18, 2018

Falling limbs may be an analogy of your life. Years ago I read an article by Pastor/Author Chuck Swindoll and the truths in it have stuck with me and resonated with me to this day. We can all relate to it, because we have witnessed the “fall” in both human and non-human circumstances. As the story goes, an…

Last week our Pastor made a statement…

October 4, 2018

Last week our Pastor made a statement that ought to be taken seriously by all of us, especially living  within the” infected” church culture we find in America as well as in our own backyard. We’ve all probably heard someone make their claim of salvation through the Christian faith with words like “I prayed “the” prayer…

Do I recognize that God owns everything I have?

September 27, 2018

Do I recognize that God owns everything I have? Is He the master of my time, talents and treasure? Do I want to please God above all else? These are three fundamental questions we must ask ourselves as we mature in our relationship with God and demonstrate our acknowledgement that“all things were created by Him and for Him.” (Col. 1:16)  Indeed, “we are…