Monomaniacs

I have learned that I must have a mindset like that of King David. He wrote in Psalms 63:1 (ESV), “O God, you are my God; earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you; my flesh faints for you, as in a dry and weary land where there is no water.” Read more

Demonstrate Jesus to People

All three were given the same opportunities, treated the same way, and received individual Christian counseling. Still, one returned to a life of sin, one became a productive member of Romanian society, and one clung to Jesus. Read more

Are you a gadfly?

Do you know what the greatest sin of the century is? We preach to the preached, we bless the blessed, we convert the converted, and we baptize the baptized, we comfort the comforted, but we neglect the neglected. Read more

Come down that we may build up

Karl Barth*, as did St. Peter, wrote about the enigmatical words of Paul. Nevertheless, encouraged by the Holy Spirit, Paul grasped and never released the Gospel that the only begotten Son died to bestow upon all who would receive Him God’s gift, salvation through Christ’s crucifixion. Read more

Good Character

When was the last time you heard a commentator or athlete talk about character? They may briefly venture into sportsmanship but “character” that would be too controversial to touch on since there is no national agreement on what constitutes good character. It hasn’t always been this way. Read more

Hercule Poirot tackles Romans 7:9

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While reading the book of Romans I came across a verse that didn’t seem to make sense. Romans 7:9 says, “Once I was alive apart from the law; but when the commandment came, sin sprang to life and I died.” So, I enlisted the help of the famous Agatha Christie’s Belgian detective, Monsieur Hercule Poirot, to help me sleuth this verse. I asked Monsieur Hercule Poirot, “What’re your first thoughts about this verse?” “This verse, it presents a concept most difficult, mon ami.”, he replied, “As, no doubt you know, Hercule Poirot’s methods are his own. Order and method, and ‘the little gray … Read more

Is that in red letters?

It is stunning to me when I talk to people that have accepted Jesus as their Savior but they dismiss the cost of sin, they do not recognize the Church’s authority, and they look at the Bible as a smorgasbord from which they can pick and choose which parts they accept and which parts no longer align with popular culture and therefore are ignored or thrown away. Read more

Show Hole

One of the streaming media services had a great commercial. They had this well-known actor over-dramatizing the end of a TV series he’d been watching. He declared he was now in a “show hole!” Similarly, as I was reading Genesis, I mused about what Noah might have been thinking when God shut the door. That was the end of everything he had known, except God. Indeed, Noah was in a “show hole!” God is so good to us. Amid universal judgment, God provided a way of escape for the one that walked with Him (and his family) and God “tucked” … Read more

Press On!

“Because the Sovereign Lord helps me, I will not be disgraced. Therefore have I set my face like flint, and I know I will not be put to shame.” Read more

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