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Reluctant Messenger / Jonah 4:5-11

September 18, 2019

Jonah, although he is one of the four writing prophets that Jesus mentioned in His personal ministry, is far from what we’d expect a prophet to look like.  Jesus references Jonah in what was his lowest point as a foreshadowing of His own death – a three-day sojourn within a great fish (Mt. 12:39-41). It […]

God’s Got It

August 13, 2019

One wonderfully encouraging passage in the New Testament is Romans 8:28-29.  This verse is one that we’ve all doubtlessly leaned upon.  In verse 28 Paul said, “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.”   What a great promise for […]

Give Thanks Always

August 6, 2019

In our world, we don’t have to look very far to find someone who is suffering.  In visiting with a brother this week who is battling cancer, we discussed how such is so challenging for two major reasons: 1) First, when you’re used to being active, it’s so very difficult to have to adjust to […]

Peace Be Still – Mark 4:35-41

July 24, 2019

One day the disciples were in a little bitty boat in the midst of a great big storm.  Other boats were with them. (Mk. 4:36) So there were the disciples (and others) in the midst of the sea – the wind was blowing, the waves were breaking, the disciples were scared and the Lord was […]

Loving The Cross of Jesus

July 15, 2019

“Do you love the Lord’s work?” is a question we’d all do well to ask ourselves from time to time. Several years ago I heard a guest speaker comment on this very thought. He said that he was conducting a meeting in Kentucky and an old retired man in attendance talked to him each night […]

All Things

July 9, 2019

Romans 8:28-29 is a beautiful passage; one that we’ve all doubtlessly leaned upon.  Note how that in verse 28 Paul said, “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.”   What a great promise for God’s people. The God of this […]

Unity: Final Thoughts (6)

June 19, 2019

As I wrap up, at least for now, some thoughts on “oneness” and “unity,”  I find that such is anchored in two things: 1) paradigm, and 2) personal intent.  Having a theological paradigm which lends itself toward a healthy view of God and subsequent love of others is critical.  But without an honest personal desire […]

Doctrine and Compassion (Unity 5)

June 13, 2019

When it comes to “oneness” and “unity,” as I’ve mentioned, there have been mile markers that have served to tweak and forge my views.  In recent posts I mentioned such things as: For a people who preach unity we are quite divided If to be united we have to believe and do the same things, […]

Do You Have To Get It All Right? (Unity 4)

June 5, 2019

When it comes to “oneness” and “unity” you really cannot discuss such without addressing the question of fellowship.  If a person, in order to have a right relationship with Jesus, must “get it all right,” then the question of fellowship is something that necessitates proper understanding and application. Hence, it’s a most important and challenging […]

The Intent of the Heart (Unity 3)

May 29, 2019

“Oneness” and “unity” are such wonderful words, but without an all-inclusive list (see last week’s blog), how are we to attain such?  Since there are honest believers that draw different conclusions, what is “unity” to look like? There was an illustration I heard early on in my preaching that I used to use to show […]