“But I say to love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,...If you love those who love you what reward will you get?” (Matthew 5:44-47) “I couldn’t do it.” That’s what one person told me after I’d asked the folks at church that night to pray for their enemies. Thank God for … Continue reading The Hardest Prayers to Pray
"My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have one who speaks to the Father in our defense—Jesus Christ, the Righteous One." (1 John 2:1, NIV) “We, the jury, find the defendant guilty.” Those are the words our foreman read representing all 12 … Continue reading As I Sat on that Jury, This is What God Was Telling Me….
"These words that I am giving you today are to be in your heart. Repeat them to your children. Talk about them when you sit in your house and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up." (Deuteronomy 6:6-7, hcsb) Family devotions….. Think about that phrase for a … Continue reading Family Matters
DISCLAIMER: This is not a blog about drinking. You will not find anything in Scripture restricting the consumption of alcohol. This is a blog about the ever-present danger of addiction & drunkenness (you will find plenty in Scripture forbidding that) and the inevitable devastation that follows. nw "Who are the people who are always crying … Continue reading Whiskey Lullaby
When the devil had finished all this tempting, he left [Jesus] until an opportune time.… (Luke 4:13, NIV) The account of Jesus' wilderness temptation is recorded both in Matthew & Luke. However, there is a phrase unique to Luke's account that should make all Christians take notice: "[Satan] left Jesus until an opportune time." The … Continue reading The Relentless Pursuit of Evil
No, the above title is not a reference to the Beatles' classic. Tomorrow, May 13th, is the one-year mark of my son, Jordan's, entrance into Paradise. But, I had been dreading yesterday (5/11), I think, more than tomorrow (5/13). Mother's Day '13, unbeknownst to the me, Michelle, Kelsie & Macy would be the last day … Continue reading Yesterday
Satan is evil personified. However, it wasn't until after Jordan died that I understood this on a deeper level. Losing a child comprises, in my opinion, the single worst day of a parent's life. After Jordan died I was in a state of relentless despair. To my surprise (and I shouldn't have been surprised) satan … Continue reading The Pain of Healing
Wow - thank you to all who were able to come out this past Sunday evening to learn about the differences between the LDS church and biblical Christianity (and the differences are many.) NOTE: Due to repeated requests to re-teach this class, I will present it again in September. Follow Up: Below are a couple … Continue reading “When the Mormons Come Knocking” – Follow Up….
Each year, our staff writes letters of congratulations to the year's high school graduates. As I was searching for resources today, I came across the letter I wrote to my son, Jordan, when he graduated high school in 2011. This week, as we approach May 13th, has been horrible. The emotional ambushes are crippling. I've … Continue reading S.O.S. – A Request for Prayer