Do Unbelievers Anger You?

“For the Son of Man came to seek and save those who are lost.” (Luke 19:10 NLT) When my sister, Patti, was in the hospital for the last time, we knew she was dying, so we were very concerned that whoever cared for her – nurses, doctors, even the people who came in to gatherContinue reading “Do Unbelievers Anger You?”

Are You Seeing Yourself in the Picture?

“Jesus replied, ‘I could see you under the fig tree before Philip found you.’” (John 1:50 NLT) When I was in youth ministry, I took a lot of pictures and Super-8 movies (yeh, I know, I’m really old). The movie camera didn’t have sound, so a couple of the guys in the youth group wouldContinue reading “Are You Seeing Yourself in the Picture?”

Intellectually Aware or Spiritually Engaged?

“The message of the cross is foolish to those who are headed for destruction! But we who are being saved know it is the very power of God.” (1 Corinthians 1:18 NLT) There are many things we can’t understand intellectually. On a lot of levels even Christianity doesn’t make sense. How can we wrap ourContinue reading “Intellectually Aware or Spiritually Engaged?”

86,400 Ticks of the Clock

“So be careful how you live; be mindful of your steps. Don’t run around like idiots as the rest of the world does. Instead, walk as the wise! Make the most of every living and breathing moment because these are evil times.” (Ephesians 5:15-16 The Voice translation) *Please read these “timely” words of Sylvia Gunter.Continue reading “86,400 Ticks of the Clock”

Hallmark Christmas or Saving Private Ryan?

“The king of Babylon now stands at the fork, uncertain whether to attack Jerusalem or Rabbah. He calls his magicians to look for omens. They cast lots by shaking arrows from the quiver. They inspect the livers of animal sacrifices.” (Ezekiel 21:21 NLT) We tend to see our life from one of two distinct vantageContinue reading “Hallmark Christmas or Saving Private Ryan?”

What Does It Mean That God Is Sovereign?

“Some time later, the Lord spoke to Abram in a vision and said to him, ‘Do not be afraid, Abram, for I will protect you, and your reward will be great.’ But Abram replied, ‘O Sovereign Lord, what good are all Your blessings when I don’t even have a son?’” (Genesis 15:1-2 NLT) In theContinue reading “What Does It Mean That God Is Sovereign?”

A Friend of Mine

“A friend is always loyal, and a brother is born to help in time of need.” (Proverbs 17:17 NLT) True friendship is a blessing that is a rare treasure in today’s world. Friendship, like what many think of when they use the word “love,” is not “a many splendored thing,” as the old song suggests,Continue reading “A Friend of Mine”

Why Is Love the “Greatest?”

“Three things will last forever – faith, hope, and love – and the greatest of these is love.” (1 Corinthians 13:13 NLT) When I think of faith, hope, and love I think of concentric circles, almost like a target, with faith and hope being in the outer circles that point to the middle target ofContinue reading “Why Is Love the “Greatest?””

What Is Your Legacy?

“’…For I know the plans I have for you,‘ says the Lord. ‘They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.’” (Jeremiah 29:11 NLT) When you think of your legacy to those you’ll one day leave behind, how do you envision that “gift?” An inheritance that mayContinue reading “What Is Your Legacy?”

God’s Plans

“So I arrived in Jerusalem. Three days later, I slipped out during the night, taking only a few others with me. I had not told anyone about the plans God had put in my heart for Jerusalem.” (Nehemiah 2:11-12a NLT) Nehemiah was the cupbearer of King Artaxerxes and had apparently done a great job, becauseContinue reading “God’s Plans”