Do you remember Andrew Brunson? He is an American pastor from North Carolina who had lived in Turkey for twenty years with his wife and three children. He pastored a small church there and was arrested in 2016, accused of being a spy for the people that attempted a coup against the Turkish president. He … Continue reading Will You Stand?
(Scripture references as noted) In your mind's eye, what is the image you have of God? Is He frowning? Does He have an angry scowl on His face? Is He sad? Is He disappointed, grieving, maybe even weeping? Or, is He smiling? Laughing? Maybe dancing and singing? I believe that the image we have of … Continue reading Our Image Of God
Recommended reading: Daniel 3 and Exodus 13 & 14 I think two of the most frightening circumstances I can think of, is being trapped in either a raging fire with no way out, or being stranded in a large body of water - no life jacket, no boat and no land in sight. Either of … Continue reading Fire and Water
You know how when you go to sign any kind of contract, there always seems to be a lot of fine print? And, what about all those sites on the internet we happen into, that have fine print galore we should agree to in order to use that website? We are always cautioned about how … Continue reading No Fine Print
(Recommended Reading: Exodus 32 thru 36:7) To set the stage - Moses was on Mt. Sinai meeting with God and receiving the Ten Commandments, which God wrote with His own finger onto two tablets. The Israelites, growing impatient for Moses’ return, petitioned Aaron to build them a golden calf to worship - and surprisingly, he … Continue reading Are YOU Willing?
The definition of Mercy is: compassion or forgiveness shown toward someone whom it is within one’s power to punish or harm. (In other words, not receiving deserved punishment for wrongs done.) The definition of Grace is: the free and unmerited favor of God as manifested in the salvation of sinners and the bestowing of blessings. … Continue reading A Dangerous Game
(All scripture references are from the NIV) (This is a "reprint" of this article that I first published on January 20, 2019. The only thing I changed is the first 2 sentences to update that information.) Today would be my Dad’s birthday. If still with us he would be turning 97. But having left this … Continue reading Growing Up With Dad (Happy Birthday Daddy!)
If you live in the United States of America, you live in the greatest nation on earth. One of the primary reasons immigrants left Europe and traveled to America was for freedom from religious persecution; and, our very wise founding fathers developed a rule of law for our country based on biblical foundations. I have … Continue reading Stand In The Gap
(Recommended reading: Genesis 1; Numbers 13 & 14) Last week I talked about one way that I believe we can help to change feelings of hopelessness to hopeful; and, that was by learning to control our tongue - our words. It primarily dealt with how our words can affect others around us, how we can … Continue reading Count The Cost
Last week I wrote about HOPE and offered suggestions of things you can do to help bring more hope to your life. But what about those times that we just cannot seem to muster up that hope? When we feel much more hopeless rather than hopeful? Just because we are Christians that pray, spend time … Continue reading Hopeless to Hopeful