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 [...]

Keep the Body in Unity

"Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you."  Eph 4:31-32 Paul is telling the Church in Corinth that it was necessary that they be in unity, not having any anger, slander or outcries within the church.  In the beginning of this chapter, Paul explains it a different way in verses 1-6 of the same chapter.  "Therefore I, the Read more [...]

God knows

"Remember this and stand firm, recall it to mind, you transgressors, remember the former things of old; for I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like me, declaring the end from the beginning and from ancient times things not yet done, saying, ‘My counsel shall stand, and I will accomplish all my purpose, calling a bird of prey from the east, the man of my counsel from a far country. I have spoken, and I will bring it to pass; I have purposed, and I will do it."  Isa Read more [...]