• God’s great love

    Valentine’s Day has arrived and all around our country expressions of love are being exchanged.

    Children will trade Valentine’s Day cards, couples will go out to eat or send flowers, and some individuals will become engaged. As great as those moments are, others experience Valentine’s Day as a day of loneliness, pain, and depression. For those experiencing the expression of love in this season let me share with you a great love. For those experiencing the pain of the season, let me offer you a great love of hope.

  • Online kindness

    Lately I’ve been cringing when I get on social media. I cringe when I see people I know and care about act like a fool online. Unfortunately, I recognize online foolishness because I’ve done it myself. I’ve been snarky, sarcastic, and selfish online. How about you? Are you showing kindness online?

    Six questions to Ask Before You Make Your Next Post, Gram, Tweet, or Snap…

    1. Is It Kind?

  • He who endures

    Endurance is a great quality normally found in the life of successful people. Successful athletes certainly possess this ability of sticking with a task until they achieve their goal. An athlete endures the physical hardships in order to win the victory.

    Life could be compared to a marathon race, which contains many twists and turns and can only be won by endurance, steadfastness and dependability. As you run the race of life, no matter the difficulties and the obstacles you face, remember he who endures to the end will be the real winner.

  • The command to gather together

    A growing trend within the Christian culture is the abandonment of the local church. Fewer believers are committing to a local church as a member and most of them find reasons not to regularly attend. Recently, a study revealed that individuals who do not regularly attend church but claim to be believers state reasons such as:

    1. I need down time

    2. There are no good churches nearby

    3. The needs of my family are not met

    4. They feel that it is nothing but routine

  • Who is coming to dinner?

    Since we were young children, we have heard the story of Zacchaeus, the “wee little man,” who climbed up into the sycamore tree to see Jesus as He passed by. Zacchaeus was one of the interesting characters from the New Testament that had an encounter with Jesus during our Lord’s earthly ministry (Luke 19:1-10). When he climbed up into the tree to see Jesus, Zacchaeus was a wealthy and successful businessman, who held a powerful position in Roman-occupied Israel. For a man of his status his actions would be considered a bit “strange” today.

  • Secret sin

    All of us face a common temptation to sin, especially in secret. Our particular temptations may be different, but our struggle with sin is real. God has a lot to say to help us as we struggle with secret sin.

    Romans 7:15 “For I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate.”

  • Living in God’s smile

    In Numbers 6:24-26 God spoke to Moses that Aaron was to pronounce a blessing upon the children of Israel.  We have heard this as a benediction by ministers in worship services.  “The Lord bless you, and keep you; The Lord make His face shine on you, and be gracious to you; The Lord lift up His countenance on you, and give you peace.”

  • Living with compassion

    Compassion is hard. So many times, we attempt to justify our merciless actions of indifference by looking at the life of another individual through a fleshly lens of value. As a result, we ignore true needs of those around us and justify our self-righteous activities. This approach to life comes naturally because it is motivated and led by the self-centered nature of the flesh.

  • We will serve the Lord

    Last week I referred to the experience of the children of Israel as they were about to enter the Promised Land.  In Joshua 24:14-18 they are given a choice --- whether to serve God or not.  We spoke of the temptations that they had to face then and that we have to face today.

    They would have testings in the new land.  It would not be easy for them in the new land.  Would they hold on to God when trouble came?  They like their forefathers had to decide if they would stay close to God when the battles came.

  • Gambling: Good or bad?

    As I write this column, the lottery is hitting some amazing levels. I’ve heard several people who are excited about this. What is a Christian to think about gambling and the lottery? What does God say? Let’s put aside our opinions, traditions, and practices and consider God’s truth.

    Avoid Arrogance. I hear a lot of arrogance on this issue. I’ve heard preachers condemning gamblers with a self-righteous tone. I’ve heard gamblers condemning Christians who share their opinion on the matter. We need to humble ourselves on this issue.