Jesus is for the birds

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Put your helmet on

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

Horoscope Hijinks

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 […]

For His Glory blog is coming back

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 […]

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 […]

The Cone of Uncertainty

We walk around in a cone of uncertainty every day.

When God said “No”.

I asked God to do things on my to-do list. He taught me He’d take care of things I was trying to handle my way.

3 steps to end hatred

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

What I believe about myself today

My life changed completely on August 08, 2000. On that day, in a bible study of the book called, The Rest of the Gospel, I began learning my true identity in Christ. Since that day I have become an advocate for a broader perspective of Christ followers called the Exchanged Life. Simply stated Exchanged life means […]

Are you in or are you out?

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

Clawing my way out of a black hole . . .of my own making

A black hole’s gravity sucks in everything it nears. Nothing escapes it’s pull,  not even light. When a writer gets sucked into that abyss, nothing escapes.  It’s a dark, lonely place. Words just won’t come. It’s not writer’s block. Writer’s block is not self imposed. Thinking obstacles, distractions and lapses in concentration cause writer’s block. […]

Happy DEpendence Day

  Independence is the exemption from reliance on, or control by others; self-subsistence or maintenance; direction of one’s own affairs without interference. That seems to have worked for the pilgrims who ventured to these shores in the 1700’s. They were oppressed by a tyrannical, possessive British Crown bent on controlling and running the affairs of […]

What’s your PQ-your purpose quotient?

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

I couldn’t survive without my G.P.S.

If you’ll look in your dictionary for “directionally challenged” you’ll see my picture next to the definition. I have to take my granddaughter to Walmart with me to find our car when we leave.  I’ve been lost in our own subdivision before. If it weren’t for my GPS, I’d probably spend most of my time […]

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 […]

How to pick the right religion

There is no room for religion in the lives of true believers.

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.

What’s your TQ–your Trust Quotient?

Life is a choice.  We can trust in what we think is best, or we can trust in God.

Where Is The Church Headed?

Mounting disillusionment and shrinking membership seem common place in Evangelical churches.

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 […]

Why do you read your Bible?

Do you know the Author of the Bible?

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 […]

Are you doing enough for God?

The operative word in that question is “doing” The Gospel of Jesus Christ turns on that word.  The law is about “doing”.  Grace is about “Being”. Folks who work hard to be a “good Christian” miss the message of Christ’s ministry. (By the way, there’s no such thing as a “good” Christian.) For some (I was […]

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 […]

God answered critical Tucson prayer.

God answered our prayers for taking care of our family.

Why can’t we understand “free”?

We’ve been mislead about what is truly “free” by advertising folks

My inevitable but necessary 31-day sabbatical has ended. I am home. I will publish my next “For His Glory” post on Wednesday, May 17.

After a relationship with Christ family is the most important responsibility and blessing we can ever have.

Living under the other shoe

I use to live in a works-oriented salvation.

It won’t get any better

My cousin Carla Pitner posted her response to a Today show interview with the wife of a Navy Seal killed in Libya with the U.S. Ambassador. She wrote in part, “On the ‘Today Show’, Matt Lauer interviewed one of the wives of one of the Navy Seals killed along with the US ambassador in Libya. […]

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 […]

Standards For Biblical Christianity

every new church member receives a brochure entitled, “Truth About Standards: Biblical Standards for Christians.”

I can do some things through Christ who strengthens me.

We can choose to allow Christ to give us His strength in every thing we choose to do.

Do I have to draw you a picture?

Sometimes we just might have to draw someone a picture to get our point across.

. . .and on the 8th day . . .

On the 8th day, Jewish infants became covenant children in God’s family.

The Shoes of Peace Aren’t Flip-Flops

I’m so blessed to have discovered  SharaC’s blog, Into the Foolishness of God today.  I was so enamored and moved with the first post I read, I decided to post it here.  I just know my readers will be blessed as well. Y’all visit her site. She’s a committed follower of Jesus and has a flair […]

What’s your FQ? your faith quotient?

By Dr. John Ed Mathison Executive Director John Ed Mathison Leadership Ministries Have you ever heard someone described as being “lucky?”  Have you ever heard a person brag about being “lucky?”  Have you ever heard of successful events in life described as just being a result of “luck?”  I don’t believe in luck.  I think […]

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 […]