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Socialism, Redistribution, and Jesus

November 26, 2019

With the next year having a presidential election there’s much buzz concerning various approaches of government and how to address the fiscal challenges of our era.  One of the words being tossed out there is Socialism and its focus on the redistribution of wealth.  Is this best or even right?  Does it improve culture or […]

How Much Is Enough?

November 19, 2019

We live in a hyper-busy Christian culture.  Someone once said: “If you love something, set it free.  If it comes back, it was – and always will be – yours to have.  If you set it free and it never returns, it was never yours to begin with.  And if you set it free and […]

True Humility (2)

October 31, 2019

Like I mentioned last time, somewhere in the middle there is True Humility.  On the one hand, there is Pride and Arrogance. This is pretty easy to spot – at least the extreme cases are – aren’t they?  Feelings of superiority, arrogance, self-conceited – thinking too highly of oneself, vanity, vainglory – boasting in one’s […]

True Humility (1)

October 28, 2019

“I’m more humble than you think I am,” said a well-intentioned believer one morning.  His comment may or may not have been true, but I find it both humorous and interesting.  I wonder if that’s how many of us think about ourselves.  Have you ever been impressed by your own humility? Humility is foundational to […]

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 […]