There’s something about sin even Christians commonly forget about or ignore: consequences. After God miraculously liberated Israel from 400 years of Egyptian slavery they made what would become a costly, even fatal, decision to disobey God’s command to occupy the land he had promised them. The consequence? They spent 40 years on a journey that … Continue reading Consequences
Does God hear every single word we say? Yes. And that should serve as a sobering warning. Jesus warned, “By your words you will be acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned." (Matthew 12:37) Why does God place so much importance on what we say? Because, as Jesus said, “The mouth speaks what … Continue reading Does God Hear Every Single Word We Say?
I sat in a seminar once led by sociologist/author, Tony Campolo. One of the things he said really struck me, making me think deeply about what he said: “America is not necessarily a Christian nation. But - it is a deeply spiritual nation.” - Tony Campolo, Ph.D. One proof of this is the success of … Continue reading America & the Supernatural
“Worship is no longer worship when it reflects the culture around us *more* than the Christ within us.” – A.W. Tozer I am a proponent of the ideal, “We have a never-changing message communicated via ever-changing methods.” Tozer’s quote here should not be interpreted in opposition to this ideal. Paul wrote, “Faith comes from hearing, … Continue reading Worshiptainment
While touring the Ancient Ozarks Natural History Museum just south of Branson, MO, I happened up a Native American quote that affected me so deeply I snapped a photo of it. This quote struck me and reminded me of truth written in ancient times: [Life] is like a breath; [our] days are like a passing … Continue reading The Breath of a Buffalo in the Wintertime
"What miserable comforters you are!" We'll get back to the above quote in a minute. The Old Testament character, Job, (rhymes with robe) was the subject of what one author describes as a 'cosmic wager' between God and Satan. Job, whom God himself had described as "blameless, a man of integrity", was offered to Satan … Continue reading With Friends Like You, Who Needs Enemies?
To paraphrase a line from our national anthem: “despite the hatred, pandemic and violence – the Cross is still there!” In their letters to believers, both Paul and Peter used the phrase, "In way of reminder..." Translation: It's easy to get distracted and forget what is true. So, let me remind you of what … Continue reading It’s Still the Cross
Mankind has never changed. The pharisees tried to make Jesus fit their agenda. The zealots tried to make Jesus fit their agenda. The Jews tried the same thing. And so on, and so on, and so on. So it is no surprise that socialists are trying to form-fit Jesus to their image. To do so … Continue reading Jesus Was No Socialist
Rioters are wanting to tear down statues of Jesus because he is “white and European." Now, I understand some of the reasoning: some churches have made Jesus white, republican and American. This, sadly, is true. But, it's the rare exception and certainly not the norm. Rioters, of course, themselves serving as judge and jury, have … Continue reading Jesus Was Neither White nor European
We serve a God who’s not surrendered his throne - regardless of how out of control our world may appear. My friends, if I weren’t a pastor I would be a coach. Exhorting, teaching and encouraging people is what I love to do. It’s who I am. At its heart, a pastor’s objective is, to … Continue reading Has God Surrendered His Throne? (not even close)