Bitterness: An Addiction of the Soul

Bitterness: An Addiction of the Soul

Aug 9, 2013

Originally written in August, 2010. This is one I need to reread again and again… “Pursue peace with all people, and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord: looking carefully lest anyone fall short of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up cause trouble, and by this many become defiled…” (Hebrews...

And on the First Day

And on the <Seventh> First Day

Jan 14, 2013

  It always amazes me how self-centered we can be. We look at the universe, the majesty of the heavens, the glory of the moon and the stars, the brightness and warmth of the sun, the incredible diversity that we see as we travel from one area of our nation to the other, and we take it all for granted. We fail to see how all of this and more is a gift from...

Advent Readings for 2012

Advent Readings for 2012

Nov 28, 2012

  This coming Sunday, December 2, marks the first Sunday in the season of Advent, which marks the beginning of the Christian calendar. It is the four week period that precedes the day set aside to acknowledge Jesus’ incarnation (December 25). In these four weeks, many Protestants historically have used this time to ponder the wonder of what we read in...

Captains of Kirk

Captains of Kirk

Aug 16, 2012

  We are fascinated with heroes. Their stories inspire us; their stories encourage us; their exploits and their deeds captivate our imagination and give us hope. Heroes seem larger-than-life. They stand against seemingly overwhelming odds; yet, they persevere. They maintain their focus on their task and stand against daunting opposition to the end. We want...

Please Believe This about Husbands

Please Believe This about Husbands

Aug 8, 2012

  Whenever I am asked to write or to speak on the topic of the Christian husband, I am reminded of my own failures and inadequacies. I didn’t grow up in a Christian home; therefore, the beauty of covenant marriage was not modeled for me. However, in God’s providence, I came to saving faith in the Lord Jesus Christ; and, because of the powerful...

Should “She, Obey Him?”

Should “She, Obey Him?”

Jul 20, 2012

  God’s Word inevitably conflicts with the plans of man. For instance, the Word directs us to acknowledge the God of the Bible as the One True God—we are to have no other gods but Him. Yet the sinful heart of man is inclined to persistent idolatry, seeking to satisfy our need to worship and find assurance in anything and everything but the God of the...

A Thoroughfare of Freedom

A Thoroughfare of Freedom

May 22, 2012

“Now this is the commandment, and these are the statutes and judgments which the LORD your God has commanded to teach you, that you may observe them in the land which you are crossing over to possess… You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you...

Strange Fire

Strange Fire

Apr 9, 2012

  I still remember the day that I heard the story of Nadab and Abihu. It was in early 1980; I had been a Christian for less than a year. I was still getting used to the Bible; and having not grown up in a Christian home, I was in awe of the mystery and the majesty of the Word of God and the whole concept that through the Bible God showed His deep love and...

Think – and Pray – Before You Click

Think – and Pray – Before You Click

Feb 7, 2012

  Brothers, I am writing to you, men and young men, with great sadness, and with great concern. This morning, after I did my review of various Facebook statuses for the folks I follow, I noted a pastor’s status that portrayed an immoral scene and included a suggestive link “for more details.” Now, I recognized that this was a Facebook virus that had...

Religion: Does it Deserve a Bad Rap?

Religion: Does it Deserve a Bad Rap?

Jan 14, 2012

  Over the past few days, much has been written on the subject and problem of “religion.” Some of this activity was initiated after a short video was released that has gone (using internet jargon du jour) “viral.” When I last checked, this video had collected well over 6 million hits! The video is presented in pseudo-rap style with artsy video...