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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…

Will The Real Enemy Please Stand Up?

June 24, 2020

Prior to explaining to us in detail in Ephesians 6 what our “combat gear” needs to be when dealing with the devil’s schemes, the Apostle Paul attempts to instruct us where to point our weapons and at whom. The problem for many Christians is we are a little slow to get Paul’s drift. Possibly even resistant. Granted we…

God Will Do What Man Can’t Do

June 17, 2020

God will do what man can’t do. Is that a stunner? In fact, God will do what man won’t do, and for that I am very grateful. It’s really a privilege to be in the “yoke” with Jesus as through his Spirit he impacts the lives and events of man. Imagine, teaming with God. As I understand it, God is also quite…

What Is Your Opinion…

June 11, 2020

What is your opinion . . . . worth? Don’t answer too quickly, especially if you think what you think is of considerable value to others. Ever hear the saying, “A penny for your thoughts?” If anyone has ever said that to you they may be saying something you need to consider. So why even open your mouth, let alone your mind…

It’s Good News Week — Somewhere

June 8, 2020

Looking for positivity? Gotta be there somewhere, right? “In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” If we’re being honest with ourselves, sometimes even the assurances from Jesus’ lips (John 16:33), words meant to comfort, don’t quite overpower the concerns, fears and disappointments the world thrusts at us.  The TV, radio and even the streets today are overrun with…

Watching you, what will the world believe?

May 28, 2020

Last week I invited you to take a look at what Jesus prayed in John 17 for his followers in his last days on earth. Most assuredly, Jesus’ words are for us today as well. He is petitioning the Father for a depth and degree of unity which the world is unfamiliar with. A unity as precious…

Despite the 1968 Three Dog Night hit, “One” is NOT the Loneliest Number (Part One)

May 21, 2020

At least from Jesus’ perspective, “one” is not a lonely number. “One” is a secure, eternal habitation at home, at rest with Him and the Father. Undeniably the greatest need for any human is the need for love. There is no debate. Why is this? Because God created us with a need for love. Even more so,…

I beg your pardon, I never promised you a rose garden

May 15, 2020

I suppose this title could be a lead in to an article on suffering, but I’ll spare you the “pain” for the moment and open a conversation on something else too many professing Christians struggle with. There are two main reasons believers battle with what I am about to discuss. One reason is a “buy-in” to popular teaching which distorts the word…

Discipleship: The Buzzword

May 7, 2020

In church life today it seems “discipleship” is the buzzword. I’m not convinced it means the same thing to everyone who uses the word or claims to be doing “it”, but despite the shades of meaning and application it’s probably a good idea to get on board with what Jesus commanded in his last words to the troops. Matthew…

What’s Your “Yardstick” in the Comparison Game?

May 4, 2020

If you are fortunate enough to begin your walk with God with the understanding that you are not good enough to merit his attention and affection, you are in a minority. Too many sincere believers stroll through their faith journey like a child at the fair, looking at the fun house mirrors and seeing themselves in a dissatisfied manner.…

Who are your Samaritans?

April 23, 2020

I have long been intrigued about 3 words in the beginning of John 4. The intrigue centered on geography for one thing, but more importantly on Jesus again defying universally respected cultural bias and doing the unthinkable, at least to observant Jews. “Now when Jesus learned that the Pharisees had heard that Jesus was making and baptizing more…