Those of you old enough may remember the title of this post as something similar to what they used to say about Elvis–“Elvis has left the building.” Some folks today might say–and I agree–that in today’s society the church has left the building– it’s gone missing, the world is sucking the life right out of […]
My mom didn’t have much luck convincing me how important it was to pick up after myself. I was continually losing things.It would be decades before I learned picking up after myself needed to be a priority if I was ever to have clean clothes. When I was in college I once lost 6 tickets […]
How do we live in such a day as this? While the world has changed, many things haven’t changed. Here are four things that haven’t changed that can help us address the situation today!The world has changed drastically in the last two weeks. The coronavirus, COVID-19, has affected everything. The economy, tourism, business, church services, stock market, sporting events […]
Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than them? Matthew 6:26 With the corona virus sweeping across the globe like an out-of-control California wildfire, there’s sure a lot of anxiety going around […]
I have always teared up or choked up when I hear a choir sing Midnight Cry, Thou O Lord, Something Happens, or My Life Is In Your Hands, especially when I’m in the choir singing them. I call them my cry songs. I have always teared up or choked up whenever I hear a choir […]
Is this you? You wish your life was better than it is. But there’s this problem. This problem is keeping you from enjoying a better life. I’m going through a bitter divorce, and . . .Our company downsized. My position was eliminated, and . . .My husband won’t stop gambling, and . . .Last night […]
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Of course everything will be OK Almighty God is in control of EVERYthing Yours, Lord, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the majesty and the splendor, for everything in heaven and earth is yours.Yours, Lord, is the kingdom; you are exalted as head over all.12 Wealth and honor come from you; you are the ruler of all things.In your hands […]
God calls me His son. Jesus is my brother.
When we use, or you hear someone use the word “try” that means “self” is vying for control. Self is assuming responsibility. Super responsibility. That’s not a good thing. Self tries to live the Christian life. Self does good Christian work. Self loves to chair committees. Self likes to volunteer in the food pantry and the clothes closet. Self […]
If we’re ever going to receive all the God has for us, we must come to the end of self.
Are you mad enough to fight a long-overdue war?
The thief (satan) comes only to steal and kill and destroy. John 10:10 What does satan say to us and how does it impact us? ( I know his name it’s supposed to start with a capital s, but ask me if I care.) We all know satan can only speak lies. He is not capable […]
It;;s time to start thinking about what kind of garden we’ll be planting soon.
Occasionally I like to remind myself how we believers all got here.
So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith, Galatians 3:26 In the parable of the Prodigal Son in Luke 15:11–32 the older brother has as much to teach us as the Prodigal. After the prodigal’s return and the father’s joyous response the older brother became resentful and felt neglected as a son by his father. […]
Reviewing how God worked and willed for us to be living today.
God’s awesome power becomes indominable and strog when we become weak
By John Ed Mathison Executive Director John Ed Mathison Leadership Ministries Every day, we have an opportunity to adopt one of three different attitudes. The attitude we adopt will go a long way in determining how much we accomplish during the day. This is true in sporting contests, work environments, church opportunities, and every relationship […]
I am excited to announce that beginning tomorrow I’ll be adding weekly posts by Dr. John Ed Mathison to For His Glory. John Ed’s posts are scheduled to appear here each Thursday on my blog. John Ed was my pastor at Frazer Memorial United Methodist Church in Montgomery, Alabama when we lived there. He was […]
When I try to get my needs met by relying on my own resources (without God) that’s called my “flesh”. My unique brand of flesh evolved from the messages I received about myself from others growing up. The Bible says, and I can attest, that my flesh is constantly at war with my Spirit. For […]
Lessons from the Prodigal How do you feel when you succumb to a temptation or find yourself in a season of sin and disobedience? How do you feel when it’s over? <!–more–> The Prodigal felt guilt, shame and remorse. He was ashamed when he realized what he had selfishly walked away from. He felt so […]
According to the Ancient Greeks, the source of all wisdom and clarity is to Know Thyself. So let me ask you, ” How much do you know about yourself?” Everyone has an identity. What’s yours? If someone asked you to describe yourself, tell them what you’re like, what would you say? Would you describe your physical […]
you are a totally new creationyou are in Christyou are totally forgiven for EVERY sin you’ve ever committed, are committing now, or ever will commit in the futureyou are totally righteousyou are totally reconciled you are redeemed you are sanctified you are justifiedyou are totally acceptedyou are an integral part of the body of Christyou […]
you are a totally new creation you are in Christ you are totally forgiven for EVERY sin you’ve ever committed, are committing now, or ever will commit in the future you are totally righteous you are totally reconciled […]
We claim here on For His Glory that acceptance is mankind’s greatest need. We are all born with it. In fact none of us can function very well in this life without it. Many of us enjoy acceptance if we’re fortunate enough to grow up in a healthy home and family environment. Some of us […]
Rejection happens to us. How we respond to it makes a living difference.
Psychologists and psychiatrists today generally agree that forgiveness is a conscious, deliberate decision to release feelings of resentment or vengeance or anger toward a person or group who has harmed you, regardless of whether they actually deserve your forgiveness. Dr Tony Evans in his book Detours divides forgiveness into two categories: unilateral and transnational. If we […]
in a previous post we said our two greatest needs are love and acceptance and work and value you probably noticed I mentioned four needs, but we lumped love and acceptance together and worth and valiue together. But (in this writer’s opinion), acceptance is the greatest of all our needs by a country mile. Acceptance […]
Lot’s of good people believe that the way you get to heaven is by being good. After all, God is a good God and heaven is a good place and going to heaven will be a good thing–if we’re good. The problem is: that’s not true. Good people don’t go to heaven. Bad people do. […]
Lots of folks who want to improve their lives (e.g. to be accepted by God, to get closer to God, to be loved more by God, to gain God’s favor and blessing) try real hard to be a good Christian. The operative word here is “try“. But “good” Christians don’t exist.In addition, if someone is declared a ” Good” […]
If we are going to understand who we really are–our real identity, we need to go back to the very beginning. Everyone of us was born with two innate needs.: a) a need to feel loved and accepted, and b) a need to feel a sense of worth and value. Once you discover that we have […]
It is hard for some folks to believe that Mankind’s biological father was Adam. Every man woman and child every born was born into the lineage of the first man. The only way anyone can ever not be a member of Adams Family is to be adopted into God’s family. We get accepted into God’s […]
During the month of February .we’ll be discussing our true identity in Christ. We’ll discuss other topics too but primarily we’ll be discovering what our true identity in Christ is. First of all we’ll look at what our true identity is. Then we’ll explore what it means to live out of our true identity in […]
The Bible tells us over and over again not to worry. Jesus commands us not to worry, One night this week I couldn’t get this late because I was worrying about a financial matter I thought I had forgot to deal with. I tossed and turned for hours, not praying about it, not asking God […]
And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” “For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in […]
For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.I have identity issues. Ephesians 2:10 You have identity issues. I have identity issues. In fact we all have issues about who we really are. Fur instance: Do people accept me for who I am? Am I […]
A person with their head in the clouds is said to be spaced out or distracted or on another planet. But what if we put a Biblical perspective on having our heads in the clouds? What if putting your head in the clouds was a good thing?. What if putting your head in the clouds […]
How do deal successfully with irritations
What’s your sign, man? Horoscopes used to play an important role in my relationships–especially with women.. This was during my prodigal son romp through my recently divorced mid-life wilderness. When I became interested in a woman, the first place I went was Linda Goodman’s book Sun Signs to see if the woman and I would be horoscopicly […]
The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day they pour forth speech. Night after night they reveal knowledge. Psalm 19:1-3 I’ve always been overwhelmed by God’s power and his creativity. It’s not hard, it’s impossible, and beyond my comprehension to grasp the majesty of the heavens […]
I watch the Hallmark Channel and its sister channel Movies and Mysteries regularly. I catch all kinds of flak from the guys at church. They dismiss those movies as chick flicks. But I don’t care. In these movies no one ever gets shot or stabbed or strangled. Nobody commits adultery. No women or children are ever […]
I grew up in Shenandoah Iowa where it snowed off and on all winter. Maybe only a couple inches. Or it could be several feet. But off and on we had snow all winter. Now we live on the outskirts of Atlanta where snow is a figment of The Weather Channel’s imagination. I miss the snow. […]
Picture this: It’s 1954. Central Elementary School. Shenandoah Iowa. It’s third grade recess. We boys are playing kickball. The girls are standing around acting silly. Off to the side standing alone is Betty Jean Davis wishing some of the girls would talk to her or ask her to join them. Betty Jean hoped some of […]
Are you dead yet? Jesus loves dead people.
For HIS Glory two-dot-oh (2.0) is back in the blogosphere. Beginning January 6th you will see posts appearing 3 times a week. We will also feature blog posts from pastor John Ed Mathison. I am excited about my return, and getting back with all my blogging friends and followers again. In case you’re wondering where […]
Today marks the end of an eight-year blogging run for me on For His Glory. This will be my last post. As I watch God’s plan for me unfold, I sense Him moving me in a new direction, with new priorities and challenges. But blogging doesn’t show up on His agenda. I will miss everything […]
We have created an entire cultural syndrome around doing things ourselves. DYI fever permeates most aspects of life. You can tune to most any public TV network and find a DYI show to teach you how to do most anything by yourself. Hasn’t the same syndrome crept into many of our spiritual lives? Rather than […]
Once we learn too trust God one time, it becomes easier to trust Him again and again.