Obsess or Confess?

 “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:9-10, NIV) Sometimes it is the very simplicity and directness of scripture that confounds us.  There is something in us that says it’s got to be more complicated than that, I…

His yoke is easy. Why?

“Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you, and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart; and YOU SHALL FIND REST FOR YOUR SOULS. For My yoke is easy, and My load is light.” Matthew 11:28-30 Before we can…

Christians with teeth

Christians with teeth

Hebrews 5:12-14, Ephesians 4:11-16 I was watching our little grandson, Rainer, the other day.  He’s just seven months old but “little” may not be the best way to describe him.  He’s a beautiful child but easily the size of a one-year-old.  Right now he’s cutting teeth and as we sat at dinner together with his…

Wrath Changed to Joy

“Fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” Hebrews 12:2 The two key words in this passage for me are “joy” and “endured”. As we celebrate the…

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No Longer Alone

Fatherlessness in our world is at epic proportions. According to the 2012 “Statistical Abstract of the United States” from the U.S. Census bureau, the percentage of births to unwed mothers in 1980 was 18.4%. In 2008 it was 40.6%. Similarly, the percentage of single parent households grew from 19.5%, to 29.5%.  The tragic result of…

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Internal or External Coherence

I once saw a refrigerator magnet, you know the kind that you use to put the pictures of the kids on the fridge; it said “I finally got it all together but now I don’t know where I put it.”  Sometimes I think that’s the way many of us see our lives, a constant rush…

Of Bars and Beyoncé

What really pleases God I never cease to be amazed at the work of the Holy Spirit in the lives of people.  I can speak and make an appeal to the mind or to the emotions purely out of my own strength but I can’t touch a person’s spirit, their inner man.  However, the Holy…

Speak with music?

19 “Speak to one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs. Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord, 20always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ” (Ephesians 5:19-20, NIV) I have to admit that this Scripture puzzled me from time to time.  Praising…

Stay focused!

“Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.”  (Romans 12:21, NIV) The Holy Spirit has taught me through time and experience that you don’t always have to respond to the enemy.  He is a master of both deception and distraction.  If he cannot deceive you in order to render you ineffective he…

Let There Be Light

“Hi Mister McDonald, I wanted to introduce myself, my name is Charlene but you can call me Char.  I’ll be taking care of you today.” Char’s smile, her demeanor, her presence all helped to set me at ease.  I was a bit nervous as I went in for a medical procedure.  Nothing earth shattering but,…