A Culture in Turmoil

"Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus."  Philippians 4:6-7 This past July, I turned 63 years of age.  It is amazing how quickly I got here.  I look back and I remember my years in school, graduating from high school in 1975 and entered the Air Force where I served for four years, the majority Read more [...]

When Times are Tough, Get Tougher

"Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves." Philippians 2:3 We are now in the sixth month of the COVID-19 virus here in the state of Georgia, as with the rest of the world.  Life is much different than it was prior to the pandemic, and I believe it will not go back to the old normal, but we shall begin to live in a new normal.  Many have been placed on furlough by their employers, and I fear many will not be able to go back.  A friend Read more [...]

Our Calling as Light

"A hot-tempered man stirs up strife, but the slow to anger calms a dispute." Proverbs 15:18 We have entered a very unique and dark period in our country's history.  I am not trying to be dramatic, however, I do not see us returning to life, as it was, anytime soon, if at all.  It all started with a worldwide pandemic of the coronavirus in the early part of 2020.  Because of this, there was a national shutdown that closed a vast majority of our economy.  And it has only been since a couple Read more [...]

Soar on wings like Eagles

"Yet those who wait for the LORD Will gain new strength; They will mount up with wings like eagles, They will run and not get tired, They will walk and not become weary." Isaiah 40:31 What a time we find ourselves in.  A pandemic arises from China that has pretty much shut down the world economies and caused the deaths, as of today, of over One Hundred Sixty Five Thousand people.  Most countries, including the United States, have country-wide shut downs, also called quarantines that prevent Read more [...]

Do Not Be Afraid

"Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9 Over the last couple of months, there has developed a Coronavirus (otherwise known as COVID-19) epidemic that started in China and has spread throughout the earth.  Because it has spread throughout the world, they have changed it from an epidemic to a pandemic.  A pandemic happens when, according to the Center for Disease Control Read more [...]

Truly Being a Disciple

"Then Jesus said to His disciples, "If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross and follow Me." Matthew 16:24 True Christianity is far more than most people imagine.  Many believe that if you have gone forward to the alter at church, state you want to be a Christian; then afterwards pray before every meal, read the Bible as recommended, and say the right things, then you are a Christian.  Now, I am not here to judge anyone, for I cannot read your heart, however, Read more [...]

Ideas from the Jesus People

"And let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds, not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more as you see the day drawing near."  Hebrews 10:24-25 Recently I have been thinking about the 60's and 70's; specifically regarding what is now known as the Jesus People movement.  I then started reading a book titled, "The Jesus People - Old-Time Religion in the Age of Aquarius" written by Ronald Enroth, Edward Read more [...]

Stand Strong in these Days

"But the Spirit explicitly says that in later times some will fall away from the faith, paying attention to deceitful spirits and doctrines of demons, by means of the hypocrisy of liars seared in their own conscience as with a branding iron," 1 Timothy 4:1-2 I believe that we are in the last days prior to the return of Jesus the Christ.  So much evil in this world and it is only going deeper into the darkness.  We see many countries with terribly evil leadership who care nothing about the citizens Read more [...]

Transform Not Conform

"And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect."  Romans 12:2 What is happening to much of the church today?  It seems we are leaving the teachings scripture and bowing to the desires of the world.  And the main reason I believe this is happening is due to church leadership fearing people will leave, and thus are teaching what they believe will keep their members Read more [...]

Speak Graciously

"Conduct yourselves with wisdom toward outsiders, making the most of the opportunity. Let your speech always be with grace, as though seasoned with salt, so that you will know how you should respond to each person." Colossians 4:5-6 I am saddened when I see the hatred being portrayed in the mass shootings that occurred this past weekend in Dayton, Ohio and El Paso, Texas.  As a side note, according to the standards of the federal government, at least four victims must be killed using a firearm Read more [...]