What Really Matters?

“The hot sun rises and the grass withers; the little flower droops and falls, and its beauty fades away. In the same way, the rich will fade away with all of their achievements.” (James 1:11 NLT) Everything we see with our eyes, except human beings, will one day be destroyed and cease to exist. ForContinue reading “What Really Matters?”

The Loss of Meaning

“’Everything is meaningless,’ says the Teacher, ‘completely meaningless!’” (Ecclesiastes 1:2 NLT) Solomon, purported to have been the wisest man who ever lived besides Jesus, was essentially a spoiled son of king David who delved into every conceivable avenue of life to find meaning, but found none. He concluded in Ecclesiastes 12:13: “Here now is myContinue reading “The Loss of Meaning”

When Pain Isn’t Good

“He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain. All these things are gone forever.” (Revelation 21:4 NLT) Pain comes in many “packages” and is useful for many reasons, not the least of which is to enable us to see Jesus more clearly.Continue reading “When Pain Isn’t Good”

The Thirst Only Jesus Can Satisfy

“Tremble, O earth, at the presence of the Lord, at the presence of the God of Jacob, who turns the rock into a pool of water, the flint into a spring of water.” (Psalm 114:7-8 ESV) Thirst is a fickle friend who offers us periods of desperate longing, but at other times is pretty muchContinue reading “The Thirst Only Jesus Can Satisfy”

The Towel on the Floor (Part 2)

“What sorrow awaits those who argue with their Creator. Does a clay pot argue with its maker? Does the clay dispute with the one who shapes it, saying, ‘Stop, you’re doing it wrong!’ Does the pot exclaim, ‘How clumsy can you be?’” (Isaiah 45:9 NLT)) In yesterday’s post we began to look at some ofContinue reading “The Towel on the Floor (Part 2)”

The Towel on the Floor

“They didn’t understand what He was saying, however, and they were afraid to ask Him what He meant.” (Mark 9:32 NLT) In our aging, my wife and I don’t remember things so well and, too often, disagree as to what we don’t remember. You know the drill: “Why’d you leave the door open? Don’t youContinue reading “The Towel on the Floor”

Jesus Sees You!

“’How do you know about me?’ Nathanael asked. Jesus replied, ‘I could see you under the fig tree before Philip found you.’” (John 1:48 NLT) One of the most powerful desires we have as human beings is to be seen. In the world in which we live it’s so easy to feel invisible. The CovidContinue reading “Jesus Sees You!”

What are You Waiting for?

“Another of His disciples said, ‘Lord, first let me return home and bury my father.’ But Jesus told him, ‘Follow Me now. Let the spiritually dead bury their own dead.’” (Matthew 8:21-22 NLT) We place a lot of priority on our priorities! That’s the nature of man. We tend to believe that what is importantContinue reading “What are You Waiting for?”

The Relevancy of Relationship (Part 2)

“Anyone who wanders away from this teaching has no relationship with God. But anyone who remains in the teaching of Christ has a relationship with both the Father and the Son.” (2 John 9 NLT) Some people have never experienced a truly inspired and Spirit led relationship with God or even with another human being.Continue reading “The Relevancy of Relationship (Part 2)”

What Does Redeemed/Redemption Mean?

“For you know that God paid a ransom to save you from the empty life you inherited from your ancestors.” (1 Peter 1:18a NLT) When I was in high school, I worked in a stamp redemption center. What’s that you may wonder? Years ago, it was common when you made a purchase, to receive stamps.Continue reading “What Does Redeemed/Redemption Mean?”