Go out into all the World

"And the master said to the servant, ‘Go out to the highways and hedges and compel people to come in, that my house may be filled."  Luk 14:23 Last week as I was preparing for my temporary move to Evansville IN, I was watching Fox and Friends and they were filming from the last open Blockbuster store located in Bend, Oregon.  Kevin McCarthy, a regular movie critic on the Fox morning show was playing the part of an employee helping customers.  It brought back lots of memories of going to our Read more [...]

Thinking of Others

"Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves."  Php 2:3 ESV Love is the greatest commandment given by God to His people.  When Christ was asked what the greatest commandment in the Law was, His response was, "“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment.  And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.  On these Read more [...]

Looking Beyond our Sight

"But when he saw the wind, he was afraid, and beginning to sink he cried out, 'Lord, save me.'"  Mat 14:30 This verse comes from a very familiar passage where Jesus comes walking upon the sea to the boat where the disciples were.  After Peter recognizes who He is, he tells Jesus to command him to go on the water and walk to Him.  When Jesus did, he immediately got out of the boat and walked out to Jesus.  However, when he looked around and saw the wind and the rough waters, he began to sink Read more [...]

We Are Not Who We Were

"Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come."  2 Cor 5:17 This past weekend, I received an interesting question I have heard many times before, and have tried to answer, but out of a sense of humility, the answer is not readily accepted.  "How important is it, for a Christian, to tell God when we pray how terrible and unworthy we are?". This seems like a reasonable thing to do.  We want to be humble before God, and what a better Read more [...]

The Majesty of God

"Worthy are you, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things and by your will they existed and were created."  (Rev 4:11) When you think of God, what comes to your mind?  I have had many views of God throughout my life.  As a young child, I heard that He was my heavenly father.  I therefore  saw Him as someone just waiting for me to make a mistake, and when I did, He had a 2x4 in His hand to smack me on the side of my head.  My father never beat me, Read more [...]