Do you suffer from selfie pride?

Selfies can post a danger to us if we’re prideful and careless.

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 […]

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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.

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 […]

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 […]

Why can’t we understand “free”?

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

Living under the other shoe

I use to live in a works-oriented salvation.

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 […]

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?

What’s your WQ–Winning Quotient?

God picks winners. God picked you. You’re a winner. God doesn’t make mistakes.

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 […]

Astronomers discover 7 new planets. What’s the big deal?

What’s your definition of “Spectacular”?

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 […]

Banging on the door

https://twitter.com/stevesaw/status/818510449142591488 Isn’t that just like us?  We ask God, plead with God, beg God to do something for us., and we’re convinced He’s going to come through for us. Then, for no apparent reason to us, He shuts the door.  Not with a resounding slam, but a gentle push. Then the latch clicks.  We hear […]

She defied death and discovered new life

You can overcome any obstacle in life if Jesus is Lord of your life.

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 […]

Go ahead! Take God for granted

Is it acceptable to take God for granted? Of course it is.

What holds everything together?

What can you point to in the universe that is common to everything?

Let go (of what?) and let God Response

If we “Let go and let God”, what must we 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?

Are we drifting?

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

Chained to the past

Jesus is the only one who can break the chains that bind us to our past.

“I wish I hadn’t done that.”

Why do we say and do things that cause us to feel guilt and shame for doing or saying?

Why did you accept Christ as your Savior?

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

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 […]

Meekness is not weakness

Can we be meek and still be
effective as ambassadors for Christ and the Gospel message?

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.

Black Friday

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

Be Fruitful And Multiply

When God placed Adam and Eve in the Garden his first command to them was, “Be fruitful and multiply.” Genesis. 1:28 After Noah escorted the animals off the ark on dry ground, God’s first command to Noah was, “…be fruitful and multiply, increase greatly on the earth and multiply in it.” Genesis 9:7. God is […]

“Religious Truth” Is An Oxymoron

No “religious truth” has anything to do with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

He Didn’t Invite Her To Church

He didn’t invite her to church. He became her friend