When you are troubled…

I remember when Carole King released the song, “You’ve Got a Friend”. It was a secular pop song but I’ve often listened to it from the perspective of Jesus being my friend. Here is the first verse and chorus: Verse 1 When you’re down and troubled And you need some love and care And nothing, nothing is going right Close your eyes and think of me And soon I will be there To brighten up even your darkest night Chorus You just call out my name And you know wherever I am I’ll come running, to see you again Winter, … Read more

Matthew 4:18, “Come, follow me,” Jesus said.

Photo by Jehyun Sung on Unsplash “Come, follow me,” (Matthew 4:19) Jesus said to Peter and Andrew. Their response was “At once they left their nets and followed him. (Matthew 4:20) Would you do what Peter and Andrew did? Could you do that? What reasons might you come up with to decline the Messiah’s call? You might say, “I owe it to my dad to keep working for him.” Or, you might say, “I’ve got obligations I have to deal with before I can go.” Perhaps you would ask, “How much per hour will you pay me to do the work (remember, Peter … Read more

This was new, but it’s not new now.

Photo by James Pond on Unsplash First, I want to make certain that you know this if you have accepted Jesus as your Savior and Lord of your life then you are part of the Church. I could write a book on Acts 4:19-31, but better people than I have already quite adequately addressed this passage of Scripture. However, I do trust the Holy Spirit has given me something to speak to in this powerful passage of the Word of God. For today’s study, there is a single facet out of this multifaceted text, in which I want to focus, and that is … Read more

To believe brings us into God’s supernatural.

To give you a sense of how things have changed since Mom and I were teenagers, here’s a part of the lyrics to a hit song by Anne Murray. All the Top 10 radio stations played it, and other artists such as Loretta Lynn, Joan Baez, and Elvis Presley put out their versions of the song. You can hear the song here on YouTube (https://youtu.be/SY-2XHqKGuw) or just read the chorus and one of the verses. Put Your Hand In The Hand (1970) Put your hand in the hand of the man who stilled the water;Put your hand in the hand … Read more

Only Jesus Can Save

I’ve got Andraé Crouch singing “Jesus Is The Answer” in my head. Chorus: Jesus is the answer, for the world today, Above Him there’s no other, Jesus is the way. 3x Verse Two: I know you’ve got mountains, That you think you cannot climb, I know your skies are dark, You think the sun won’t shine, But in case you don’t know, That the word of God is true, Everything he’s promised, He will do it for you. We find the scripture for Andrea’s song in the book of Acts. Acts 3:6 1599 Geneva Bible (GNV) Then said Peter, Silver and gold have I … Read more

Do you feel dead? Jesus is life!

I was sitting on a bench in our backyard this morning when I noticed our hibiscus plant had withered and two bulbs that had started to grow were now dead. It was kind of sad and it got me thinking about my life. There have been times in my life when I was a withered Christian. I had no fragrance*, no “bulbs”, no color. For the life of me, I couldn’t find God; heaven was as brass*. I would fervently pray but no peace could I find. Nothing I do changes anything in my life. I am reminded of Psalms 63:1: … Read more

Let’s start when eternity changed

I remember as if were yesterday when my mother grabbed my arm and dragged me out of a Sunday night church service. It was at Temple Baptist Church. I was six or seven years old. I had squirmed, made noises, refused to just lay down on the floor and sleep. I was in full rebellion mode and after about 30 minutes of this Mom had enough. If it were possible, steam would have been coming out of her ears. Dragging me, Mom opened the side door in the sanctuary, pulled me through, and suddenly we were alone in the church’s … Read more

Finding Christ in Christianity

picture of an open Bible

I decided to start this blog after one of my sons said he was struggling with his faith. Specifically, he felt that the Scriptures did not align. Read more

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