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You Can’t Tell a Book by Its Cover

September 17, 2020

You can’t tell a book by its cover. Hmm. What can you “tell” a book, anyway? We’ve all heard the saying and understand that a book’s contents, its quality, its worth, is best determined by digesting what’s on the pages. A first impression solely from a flashy cover page can easily oversell the product and disappoint the reader.…

God is More Gracious with Counsel than I Am

September 10, 2020

What is your response when someone comes to you for counsel? Do you have a welcoming disposition? Does it make you feel affirmed, just a little bit? What about with those repeat “askers?” Do you think to yourself, what, again? Haven’t we covered this ground before? I’ve gone over this with you before. I thought…

In a sound-bite world, where do you seek truth and wisdom?

September 2, 2020

More and more we have become a “grab and go” culture. We don’t limit this methodology to just drive-through dining and microwave meals. We quite often are satisfied to get much of our information, form our opinions and establish our values on paper-thin and shallow sources. Our attention spans are shrinking and the sturdy “shovels” with which…

Justification: Too good to be true for you?

August 26, 2020

In 2 Cor. 5:21 Paul wrote “He made Him (Jesus) who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him (Jesus).”  As marvelous as it is, justification means more than just the forgiveness of our sins. In the same act of love through which God…

Becoming a “Chip” off the Old Block?

August 20, 2020

Have you ever watched a sculptor work? It doesn’t matter if the medium used is stone or wood, the process is truly remarkable as the artist, with a vision of the finished work clearly in his or her mind’s eye, works patiently to “liberate” from that raw material something of completed form and lasting beauty.  Michelangelo labored for…

With God, it’s not hide and seek. It’s seek (Part 3)

August 17, 2020

Where do we turn to determine God’s will? (This segment wraps up a 3 part blog which hopefully will give you some practical and biblical insight in arriving at the type of decisions we commonly wrestle with and desire to work through to a result which will be pleasing to God) We noted in the…

With God, it’s not hide and seek. It’s seek. (Part 2)

August 6, 2020

Undoubtedly God always has the best interest in mind for those who have come to faith in him through Jesus. (Rom. 8:28) We are accepted and loved and God’s affection and regard for us is not determined by how well we jump through behavioral hoops in our efforts to gain his notice and favor. However,…

With God, it’s not hide and seek. It’s seek. (Part 1)

July 30, 2020

At any Christian bookstore one of the most sought out sections has to do with knowing God’s will. “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. “ (1 Thess. 5:16-18) Is that it? All of it? Certainly desiring God’s will is a good thing. But…

Wise As Serpents and Innocent As Doves?

July 23, 2020

We live in an age where mass media and social media can be used  –  you might say are being used as weaponry against many of the principles we, as Christians see as foundational and representative of our worldview and way of life. There is a new weapon in the secular arsenal called “cancel – culture,” which attempts to…

Faith has its joys . . . and tensions

July 15, 2020

Take a minute and think. What did you believe the Christian life was all about when you first began your “journey with Jesus?” Now that you’ve been down the path a ways, just how did your early expectations match the reality you’ve experienced? For many, and I’ll lump myself in with this group, we didn’t really have a…

Live With the Understanding That Death is Not the “Last Act”

July 9, 2020

Funerals tend to be sobering events. After all, one’s mortality is serious business. Fear of death and what physical death means can bring forth feelings of anxiety and fear and even Christians are not immune to these challenges. But we have the ability to re-align our perspectives to God’s way of seeing things and deal with these crises with…

You Can Keep a Good Man (or Woman) Down

July 2, 2020

I’ve listened to people’s complaints more times than I liked to as they said “Jesus and Christianity just don’t work for me.”  This is very sad but, in their experience, they were right. Possibly you have the same concern.  So what went wrong? Were they lazy? Were they taught wrong?  Did they have unrealistic expectations…