John 14:15 (NIV) If you love me, keep my commandments.

I’d see him, from time-to-time, around the new building but really didn’t give it too much thought. Read more

Galatians 6:4 -Each one should test their own actions

A few years ago my wife started swimming again after a long hiatus. We had moved, and she didn’t pull the trigger on joining a gym with a pool; finally, she did. Her goal was to swim nonstop for twenty minutes three days per week. She quickly reached her goal, so she added some “in the water” exercises. That went well, so she decided to push herself a bit harder. She began swimming four or five days per week. She achieved forty minutes of nonstop swimming, on consecutive days, and was ready for more. With physical exercises it’s easy to … Read more

“Through the Lineage” starts in January!

You may be familiar with the Christian radio program “Through the Bible” with J. Vernon McGee. Well, I’m not going to tackle that daunting task. However, beginning in January, I’ll start the Bible study, “Through the Lineage” which will take us from Genesis all the way into Revelation. “Through the Lineage” carries us from the first Adam to the last Adam (i.e., Jesus). We will learn about God’s callings and the value of acting through faith. We’ll see the dangers that come with God’s blessings. We will uncover the continual, unrelenting work by God to bring His people to Himself … Read more

Our citizenship is in heaven

To commune with God’s celestial beings, to come into the home that Jesus prepared for us, to rest in the perfection and sovereignty of God, that is our gift as God’s citizen. Read more

Nevertheless

The verse says, “…Nevertheless, David took the stronghold of Zion, that is, the city of David.” He not only won but the city’s name was changed to the “city of David.” Read more

Gotta Serve Somebody

The first time I heard Dylan sing “Gotta Serve Somebody” I thought his verses were just throw-aways and his point was that we all have to serve somebody. But, over the years, I’ve developed an appreciation for those silly or, at least, eccentric verses. Read more

Misunderstood

Today is the day after Thanksgiving. My guess is that some of you had at least one difficult or unpleasant conversation. So, I think today is a great day to talk about frustrations and misunderstandings. To start things off, here is an actual, personal experience. One morning, unusually for me, I sat down beside my wife on the edge of our bed as she was getting dressed, and said, “Good morning.” Suspicious of this atypical behavior, since I usually am up early and busy by the time she gets going in the mornings, she asked warily, “What do you want?!” … Read more

Our Father is ALWAYS in control

Photo by Bernard Hermant on Unsplash When Jesus was arrested: Matthew 26:53-54 “Are you not aware that I can call on My Father, and He will at once put at my disposal more than twelve legions of angels? But how then would the Scriptures be fulfilled that say it must happen in this way?” Our Father is ALWAYS in control. Nothing can withstand His will. God spoke to the prophets about His Son long before the birth of Jesus. These prophets and the Law and the Psalms, and, well the whole Old Testament, documented God’s will for His Son for … Read more

Leviticus 24:2 Burning continually

Photo by Mark Duffel on Unsplash Leviticus 24:2 “Command the Israelites to bring you clear oil of pressed olives for the light so that the lamps may be kept burning continually…” “Continually” is very important in our walk with God. It’s unthinkable that Jesus would be double-minded or only occasionally holy. What hope would we have if Jesus “usually” saved, but not always, He usually forgave, but not always, He usually loved, but not always? The more I think about this the more I appreciate why God’s Word, front-to-back, is full of “continually”. It’s our daily walk that is most … Read more

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