Bad Father, Good Father, Heavenly Father

For a long time, Father’s Day has been a day of conflicting feelings. On one hand I understand the sentimentality of it and its contrived holiday selling purpose but on the other hand, it’s a day I would just as soon pass quickly and let’s move on. There is nothing wrong with recognizing our fathers…

Who Are Our Enemies?

“You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the…

When the Storms Come are You a Bradford Pear or a Sturdy Oak

Being startled awake is never a pleasant experience. I was reminded of that this past Sunday morning at 245AM. A storm came through our area with high winds, rain, thunder and lightning. I was in a dead sleep when something slammed against the side of the house, it just happened to be where our bedroom…

Read Act Minister Pray

The last few days have been a struggle spiritually. It felt like the Lord was trying to tell me something but I just couldn’t put all of the pieces together. I would seek out in one direction and find a dead end. Hopeful that I was on another track in the right direction, it too…

Nicodemus: From the darkness to the Light.

The account of Nicodemus in the book of John has always interested me. From his encounter with Jesus to his being with Joseph of Arimathea to get the body of Jesus and prepare it for burial, there is much we can learn from Nicodemus. I believe that as Gentile followers of Christ, we have neglected…

Truth & Why You Should Read Your Bible

“Truthfulness: the fact of being true. Oxford Dictionaries.” There were two things I ran across that struck me this week as I was reading through “Truthfulness”, chapter 11 in “The Cost of Discipleship.” And I couldn’t help but think about truthfulness and how small a role it plays in our society today. It seems the…

The Word of God – Lost or Found

“Jesus answered, ‘It is written: Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’” Matthew 4:4 (NIV). Secret Church 17 was titled, “Scripture and Authority in an Age of Skepticism.” Its focus was answering whether the Bible is divine, true, clear, sufficient and good. Do you think it…

Only You Can Prevent Checklist Christianity

We live in a goal-oriented society. If you want to get rich, promoted or elected; there’s a goal for that. If you want to lose weight; there’s a goal for that. If you want to learn to fly, or dance or play an instrument; there’s a goal for that. We admire successful people who have…

Take Advantage of the Time You Have & What You Leave Behind

“Death to the Christian is the funeral of all his sorrows and evils, and the resurrection of all his joys.” – James H. Aughey In the grand scheme of things seven and a half years is not a long period of time. But when put in its proper perspective and based on its intensity, it could…

Just When You Think You Have Learned Meekness…….

While it proved difficult to come to terms with the proper meaning of “Meekness”, it may prove even tougher to make it a part of our lives. At least for mine anyway. This past weekend Cheryl, Tyler and myself, went to go see our youngest son, Noah, who is stationed with the Air Force at…

Meekness is NOT Weakness!

“Power is the moral principle of those who excel others.” – Beethoven For someone who died in 1827, Beethoven would have fit perfectly in the culture of 2017. With each revolution of the earth it seems we grow increasingly more self-centered. We live in an “All about Us” environment and we want it yesterday. Patience…