Put your helmet on

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

What brand of nacre do you use?

How do deal successfully with irritations

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 […]

The Cone of Uncertainty

We walk around in a cone of uncertainty every day.

3 steps to end hatred

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

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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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.

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 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 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

A tale of two Bibles

Which Bible looks more like your Bible? The Bible on the left  is commonly called a coffee table Bible. It is expensive and looks beautiful. You won’t see any notes or handwriting on its pristine margins. No highlighters have stroked its pages. The problem with a coffee table book is that it’s a coffee table book. It […]

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.

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 […]

“Christian” is a lousy adjective

A Jewish lady answered a knock at her door. The young man asked her if she wanted her house painted. It needed painting, so she took his card. She noticed a fish symbol on the card and asked him what it meant. “It means I’m a Christian painter,” he said. In my opinion, calling yourself […]

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 […]

Baskin Robins Christianity

In 1945 two brothers-in-law opened the first Baskin-Robbins ice cream shop in Pasadena, California. They sold 31 flavors, one for each day of the month. Since then the iconic dessert giant boast 7,500 stores worldwide and have created more than 1,000 unique flavors of ice cream. Christianity seems to have adopted the Baskin-Robbins business model. […]

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

What’s your definition of “Spectacular”?

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 […]

Failure in 2017

Most folks dream up New Years resolutions to be a better person this year than they were last year. Personally I’ve never been a fan of New Years resolutions. I know I’ll break them. Just like most other folks who make them. I have a dear blogging friend who’s worried about failure in 2017. She’s a delightful […]

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 […]

God Bless Atheists This Christmas

Many Atheists are good people and are entitled to believe what they will.

Go ahead! Take God for granted

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

A young man with the right answers

Do we know who we really are? What would we tell people who asked who we really are?

Do humans get a pass on sin?

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

Comments from “Can someone explain this to me?” post

Writing so others understand what we’re saying can sometimes be difficult, especially for some folks who don’t know what they’re trying to say.

“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?

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.

Does your pastor preach too long?

Do we care more about lunch or listening to the pastor?

Dear Mom, I missed you yesterday

I missed being with my mom in church yesterday. I can’t believe it’s been 11 years since Jesus took her home to be with Him.

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

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

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 […]

The World; Gravity; and God

Which gravity is stronger? Earth’s gravity or God’s gravity? In fifth grade geography we learned that the force that attracts a body toward the center of the earth is called gravity. Earth’s gravity keeps us grounded so we don’t float off into space. But God’s gravity has drawing power as well. For many folks God’s […]

Do we realize the power in the name of Jesus?

Do  we realize how powerful just saying the name Jesus can be? Jesus. Jesus. Jesus. When is the last time you . . . called on His name?    Jesus.   Jesus.   Jesus. Are you feeling down right now? Are you hurt? Angry? Lonely? Tired? Call out His name.  Jesus.   Jesus.    Jesus. Do you […]