Everything will be OK

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 […]

Put your helmet on

Are you mad enough to fight a long-overdue war?

Lessons God teaches us

Now as to the love of the brethren, you have no need for anyone to write to you, for you yourselves are taught by God to love one another. 1 Thessalonians 4:9 We learn life lessons from teachers, parents, pastors, counselors, close friends, Bible studies, our mistakes and more. At times we forget what we […]

3 steps to end hatred

We can’t heal hate until we admit we hate.

Can we be in two places at once?

When we accept Christ we take up permanent residence in eternity with God.

Are you in or are you out?

When it comes to belonging to Jesus, we’re either all in or all out.

Thou shalt love the Lord how much?

“Love the Lord your God with some of your heart and with a little of your soul and with a bit of your strength and with most of your mind.” Luke 10:27. Is that what Jesus said was the greatest commandment? To love God with some of your heart? A little of your soul? A […]

Must we confess our sins to be forgiven?

One of the hallmark Bible principles we taught our 4th and 5th graders in VBS this year was that Christ died for ALL our sins, the sins we have committed or ever will commit. We told them there is not a single sin you could ever struggle with that has not already been forgiven at […]

The majestic, simple Gospel

The good news of the Gospel is simple enough for a child to understand.

3 things Vacation Bible School taught me

Vacation Bible School always teaches me, as well as precious children in our community, about Jesus.

When we see The Father for the first time

How will we react when we see God for the first time?

How do we get right with God?

Therefore no one will be declared righteous in God’s sight by the works of the law; rather, through the law we become conscious of our sin. But now apart from the law the righteousness of God has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify. This righteousness is given through faith in Jesus Christ […]

God’s free gift of grace, to me, is. . .

Books about God’s grace and what it means and what it will do abound.   Sometimes I like to boil complex topics down into chunks my simple mind can digest. God’s free gift of grace, to me, is . . . Outright Undeserved Totally sufficient Exclusively God’s Eternal Universal–available to all Indiscriminate Spiritually given Spiritually […]

The Struggle In Today’s Church

How would you like your eggs today, over-easy, scrambled, fried, sunny-side up, soft-boiled, hard-boiled, poached, or shirred?? How about your steak; rare, medium rare, medium, medium well, or well done?? Choice of potatoes? This sounds like questions for a meal in a restaurant right? Can you relate the above questions to today’s Church?

How do we know the one true Church?

The post, The Church can not be separated from the State sparked a few interesting reader comments. Seems I “mis-wrote” (See footnote 1 below) my thoughts. So here’s a stab at clarification. Several comments seemed to suggest I didn’t adequately explain what I believe THE Church is. If you look up “church” in your Merriam Webster you’ll find a […]

The Church can not be separated from the State

You can not separate the church from the state. The two are inexorably interwoven. Lots of atheists and anti-Christian folks quickly point to the Establishment Clause in our U.S. Constitution as the authority for doing all sorts of litigious anti-church, anti-Christian stuff. The Establishment Clause is the ACLU’s mantra. Our beautiful, powerful, time-honored U.S. Constitution falls […]

Riddle: What is full when it’s empty?

Empty. That’s a forlorn sounding word. I opened the fridge to get a glass of my favorite soymilk. I picked up the carton and shook it.  It was empty.  Our four-year-old granddaughter drank the last drop. I need to teach her that lesson about never taking the last of anything. A dear friend suffers from […]

What resentment can do

If I don’t deal with resentment that creeps into my head, it can become a passion and create a toxic, harmful state of mind. When we feel resentment our bodies become physical wrecks. Stress hormones course through our veins. Resentment can cause the heart rate and blood pressure to rise to sometimes dangerous levels. Resentment can […]

Sharing scars

Sharing our scars helps us and others heal and give encouragement.

Isaiah 65: a devotional in the Message

I love to read the Message version of the Bible. Not for study, nor for scripture memory. But for its melodic prose.  Some chapters, to me, become devotionals and grist for meditation.  Isaish 65 is one of those.  See if you agree. Isaiah 65 – The People Who Bothered to Reach Out to God 65 1-7 “I’ve made […]

Was God’s creation perfect?

God is The Force that creates all things in the universe.

Let go (of what?) and let God

When someone tells you to “Let go and let God”, what do they expect us to let go of?

Could you go an entire day without breaking at least 1 of the 10 commandments?

Could we go through one 24-hour day without breaking at least one commandment?

Is Jesus God or not?

Jesus is either God, has he claims in the Bible, or he’s a liar, was not divine, and was bent on deceiving people.

My brush with death

God performed a bone fide miracle Saturday in front of a dozen witnesses. PANTHER CREEK PARK–CLARKSVILLE, GA – I almost died here Saturday. My six-year-old granddaughter and I were hiking with a group of 30 kids and parents from our church in this beautiful North Georgia recreational area. The trail was not our friend. The […]

A “Yet” Mindset

By Dr. John Ed Mathison Executive Director John Ed Mathison Leadership Ministries In life we have two choices – we can focus on the bad things that happen or we can focus on how good God is. Our tendency is to focus on the negative, but that can play tricks with our minds. The Bible […]

Our family’s closs call

My girls escaped serious injury, or worse, by seconds. Thursday afternoon Marie picked up our two granddaughters from school and headed home. It was a routine trip along our routine route. As she approached an intersection a huge truck turned in front of her. The truck was too high to clear the power lines. When […]

What if we remembered this?

What would happen if we all started believing God loves us and He accepts us just as we are?

It’s Friday. But Sunday’s Comin’

It’s Friday. But Sunday’s comin’!

I’ve decided I don’t like “Easter”

Let’s not call it “Easter”. Let’s say, “Happy Resurrection Day”.

The Difference Between Me and Job

Job trusted God through all his trials. I don’t always do that.

I didn’t have a stroke, but . . .

I lost hearing in my left ear on my birthday, but God is using my loss for His gain. He will get the glory.

O, Holy Night

Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.

Have A “Mary” Christmas

She was a teenager. A virgin. Engaged to be married. She lived a life of quiet faithfulness to God. We don’t read that she was extraordinarily beautiful, nor wise. Nor rich. Nor from royalty. Mary, the mother of Jesus, was, by all accounts, extraordinarily ordinary. After Gabriel announced to Mary that she had found favor […]

What’s A Christian To Do?

Who do you trust today and why?

Walking Away From God

Whether you turn to the right or to the left . . .

Black Friday

Today may be black to shoppers, but it’s not the blackest Friday.

Don’t Offend Anybody Now!

Most of us have probably seen a non-discrimination disclaimer similar to the one below: (ABC Company) does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. I think companies craft such statements […]

Full Moon and Evolution. I just don’t get it.

Driving home from church Wednesday night I witnessed one of the most beautiful full moons I’ve seen. There it was, suspended in space, perfectly round, reflecting the sun’s light 238,000 miles away. How perfect. How extraordinary. How typical of God to create something so miraculous and pleasing to the eye. I just don’t get it. […]

Christ Is Everywhere

I never cease to feel shock and awe when I consider the universe our God has made. From the incalculable reaches of the heavens to the microscopic particles of life swimming around in our cells God gives us a glimpse of His indescribable creation. My daughter posted this picture on her Facebook page with the […]