Self is a four-letter word

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 […]

Free speech costs plenty!

What do they call free speech now? Whoever believes they’re exercising free speech immediately falls victim to vicious attacks from those who disagree, or claim they’re “offended” by what the free speechers said or wrote. The Bible does not teach or promote free speech. Rather, the Bible teaches us that, “our speech should be always full […]

What’s your PQ-your purpose quotient?

EVERYone God created has worth and a purpose for their life.

5 + 2

Will you just show up today and allow Jesus to provide for you?

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 […]

When we see The Father for the first time

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

Where will you go when you die?

According to a recent study by the American Culture and Faith Institute, a paltry 30 percent of those claiming to be born again Christians responded that they’d go to heaven because they have confessed their sins and accepted Jesus Christ as their Savior. Respondents were given 10 options to choose from, one of which was the […]

Why forgive?

By Dr. John Ed Mathison Executive Director John Ed Mathison Leadership Ministries After writing recently about forgiveness, I received a lot of responses.  One person said that when he learned to forgive, it was a key that unlocked a future for his Christian growth.  Another person said it was the most important thing he had […]

Today is National Bipolar Day

Why I want you to know about bipolar disorder According to NAMI (National Alliance for Mental Illness, “Bipolar disorder is a chronic mental illness that causes dramatic shifts in a person’s mood, energy and ability to think clearly. People with bipolar have high and low moods, known as mania and depression, which differ from the […]

Are you a Sea of Galilee or Dead Sea believer?

What kind of believer do you think you are? The Jordan River rolls through the Middle East for more than 150 miles. The river flows through the Sea of Galilee between Israel and the West Bank on the West, and Jordan and the Golan Heights on the East. Then it empties into the Dead Sea. Where […]

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 […]

A book of discipline

A dear friend of mine was engaged in a discussion of spiritual stuff with a Methodist friend of his.  A question arose in the conversation that stirred some question about the authority over the matter. My friend said, “This guy I was talking with said, ‘Hmmm, I’m going to go check that out to see what our […]

Do you ever use the “J” word in public?

Did you inow . . . If you use the “N” word in public some folks might call you a racist or a bigot. Some folks might even get angry. Most folks today, I think, would simply walk on by striving to appear as “tolerant” and as “politically correct” as they can. After all, “the “N” word […]

Ever notice isolation around you?

lets shine our light on others

What is the church doing about mental illness?

What can you do to serve families struggling with mental illness.

I’m okay. You’re okay. It’s okay. Okay?

Everything’s really not okay in the church today.

Potluck religious stew

Is the church today eating at the wrong table?

Why do “they” go to church?

Why do folks go to church and not take their Bible or take notes?

He brought his Bible to church and they thought he was strange

My friend visited a new church and no one spoke a word to him

Why didn’t God just write a “To-do” list for us to follow?

If God gave us a to-do list do you think we would be more inclined to be saved?

Do humans get a pass on sin?

Can we escape the stench of sin by simply admitting we’re human?

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?

Today I found an uplifting, positive blog

The world is not all bad, and this blog I found proves it.

Letter to Millennials from the Frustrated Church

Millennials are increasingly leaving the church. Why? And what can the church do?

Are we drifting?

OUr country is rapidly drifting away from God’s pier of security. John Ed offers a suggestion to rescue us.

Go thee into thy closet

I need a quiet place, free of distractions and interruptions, to meet with God every day.

Come on. Get Up!

We have to make a deliberate decision to obey Christ if we are to experience His healing.

Break the law. Oh, Please, break the law

We have died to the law and now live the sanctifying life under Grace in Jesus Christ.

Do you have a big but?

I’m not getting personal here. I’m not talking about your posterior. I’m talking about your perspective of your posterior–your real but. In his book, The Rest of the Gospel, author Dan Stone writes a chapter called, “The Holy But”¹. Stone writes that the Holy But originated in the Garden of Gasthemene, “Going a little farther, […]

Why did you accept Christ as your Savior?

What reason can you give for choosing to accept Jesus Christ as your Savior?

Target stores pander to LGBTs; and the bride’s wearing soiled undies.

Is the church today wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked?

No way to treat a gay waitress

A gay Charlotte, North Carolina waitress was dismayed this week when a woman customer scribbled Leviticus 20:13 on the ticket where the tip should be. At the bottom of the ticket the woman wrote, “Praying for you.” The customer’s actions were, to me, hypocritical, mean and judgmental. The Old Testament verse declares, “If a man […]

Will public libraries ban the Bible?

Would banning Bibles from libraries and schools stop the Gospel message from getting out or stifle God’s plans for us?

What if we remembered this?

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

Can you be a “proud” Christian?

Being a “proud” Christian is an oxymoron. No authentic follower of Christ can call themselves proud.

What’s A Christian To Do?

Who do you trust today and why?

“Down With Christmas” Post Comments

I’m so grateful for comments I receive from readers.

Handling Success

A big part of becoming successful is to listen to God when He promises the victory!

A Simple Song With A Powerful Promise

My high school graduating class is hosting our 50th class reunion in a few weeks (Shenandoah Iowa, class of 1965). Pressing family matters wprevent me from attending. One of my classmates, who won’t be able to attend the reunion either, wrote a message to those who will. Wes Smith is a retired Church of the […]