Are You Living In Contrast?

“Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms.” – 1 Peter 4:10 (NIV). As a follower of Christ are you living your life in similarity with the world or in contrast? We are in the world but not of the world. There is…

You Never Know Where You May Go

It has been said that God created man in His image, then man returned the favor. How often do we try to put God in a box and limit what we think He will and won’t do? Yet, time after time He continues to show us that our rules and restrictions don’t limit Him. As…

Are You A Rolling Stone or Living Stone?

Having the opportunity to listen to a retiring pastor give a sermon on his last day of full time service is rare. But many of us had that opportunity this past Sunday with Brother Rufus Harris.  He preached out of Matthew 16 and titled the sermon, “On Christ The Solid Rock I Stand.” Jesus is…

The Thin Line That Divides Good and Bad

Are you a good person? Chances are, if we are asked that question, we would say we are. If you go to the Google and type in “quotes about being a good person,” you will get more quotes from famous and not so famous people about being a good person. Most say they are good…

Backed Up

There are some things that just go together. For example: Tom & Jerry, Soup & Salad, Salt & Pepper, Rock & Roll, Love & Trust, Willie & Waylon and of course, Bacon & Anything. I’m sure you can think of plenty of others. But what about things that don’t go together? Some things that don’t…

Sometimes It’s Good To Be The Donkey

Do you have a “Life Verse”? I have never felt the need to pick a life verse for myself. I mean, which one would you pick? How do you not pick John 3:16? What about Philippians 4:13 or Jeremiah 29:11 or Romans 8:28? Can you have more than one? Is it possible to be a life verse hoarder? But…

Be Careful What You Ask For…

“Be careful what you ask for, you just might get it.” More than likely you have said or at least heard the phrase above. For me, it generally had to do with my mouth getting way ahead of my brain, which unfortunately happens all too often. Most of us can remember getting into situations where…

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…