Month: October 2017

Warding off the Critics

There is only one routine of which I know and have followed which has kept my faith in the Lord strong: daily; worship, studying of the scripture, Christian fellowship (Matt 18:20), tithe (‘where your treasure is there will your heart be also’ … Matt 6:21), and prayer (James 5:6). Colossians 2:2-5 “that their hearts may… Read more »

St Francis

One of my favorite historical human beings is St. Francis of Assisi. I marvel at his insight and understanding of Christianity. Just listen to this prayer as if for the first time: “O, Divine Master, Grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console; To be understood as to understand;… Read more »

Second Day of Hospice

Second Day of Hospice and these thoughts were running through my head as the blessed medications were beginning to abate some pain… I once heard it said while attending a psychology course of yesteryear that there are three ways a society may view death. 1. Death accepting society. The Ancient Greeks had such a society…. Read more »

Salvation

What is the true goal of a Christian if not assurance of their salvation? 1 Timothy 6:12 “Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called and about which you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses.” For the Christian Eternal life is… Read more »

Wisdom must Control Power

One of our main goals in life should be to gain wisdom because only then are we able to use power appropriately. James 3:17-18 “But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere. And a harvest of righteousness is sown in… Read more »

Image of God

Perhaps the single most important concept in the Bible is that we are made in the Image of God… human DNA is somehow as close physically to God as we can get. Genesis 1:27 “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created… Read more »

Widows

This year at least eight close male friends and relatives have passed to eternity. They have left behind eight widows who are still in mourning. We, as a Church, have an obligation to come by their side and aid them in any way possible … yet not usurp their family’s obligation. 1 Timothy 5:3-5 “Honor… Read more »

Comfort

One of the most often used phrases in the Bible is: “Fear not.” Frequently Jesus used it when folks witnessed His awesome persona and power. He even used it when John first saw Him in heaven: Revelation 1:17-18 “When I saw him, I fell at his feet as though dead. But He laid his right… Read more »

True Conversion

How can one tell if one is truly converted? 3 John 11 (NLT) “Dear friend, don’t let this bad example influence you. Follow only what is good. Remember that those who do good prove that they are God’s children, and those who do evil prove that they do not know God.” How can we tell… Read more »

Jesus Our Advocate

Who can take our case for righteousness before a perfect judge? 1 Timothy 2:5-6 “For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave Himself as a ransom for all, which is the testimony given at the proper time.” Acts 7:55-56 “But he, (Steven) full… Read more »