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 [...]

Not all who profess are

"Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect." Rom 12:2 I want to start this out by saying we do not have the authority to say if a person is saved or not.  We cannot see what is in the heart of another.  However, we have been told to judge the fruits of those who declare themselves to be a part of the Church.  Paul lays this out clearly in his letter to Titus Read more [...]

Be Thankful in All Things

"And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him."  Col 3:17 Thanksgiving holiday is over.  My wife and I had a great time up here is Evansville Indiana where I am in the fourth month of a six month programming contract at a major financial company specializing in personal loans.  We ordered a complete holiday meal from a nearby Bar-B-Que restaurant which was quite delicious and we talked about what we were thankful Read more [...]

Genuine Love

"'And he said to him, "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 two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.""  Mat 22:37-40. Love is the foundation of the Christian life.  First of course we are to love God with all we are.  Mar 12:30 says "And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with Read more [...]

Thinking of Others – God

Our focus scripture, “Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves.”  Php 2:3 ESV In part two of this six part series, we shall look at our focus scripture as, "In humility count God more significant than ourselves".  Now, this looks to be something self-evident.  We are probably thinking, "I am a Christian, I always look at God above myself."   However, do we really?  This is a great time to do a little self examination. Let Read more [...]

As through a key hole

"But, as it is written, 'No eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man imagined, is what God has prepared for those who love him'"  1 Cor 2:9 My family and I went to see a movie this afternoon.  As we were waiting for it to begin, we were watching the previews of upcoming films.  Suddenly, in one of the previews, one of the characters said something that I find profound.  "You are looking at life as through a keyhole."  As I was pondering this, God spoke to me and said that many view Read more [...]

Our Role in Politics

"First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way."  1 Tim 2:1-2 I normally try to stay clear of politics and discussing political matters.  However, in watching what is happening in this campaign, I feel it is important to say a few words regarding the state of politics today.  First of all, I will say that Read more [...]

The Amazing Grace of God

I know it has been a while since I have posted a new blog entry.  But there has been much going on, both good and not so good.  But I do not want this to be so much about me, but about the grace of our Almighty God This has been a very difficult time for me.  I have been up and have been down, but have spent little time in the middle.  I have such a passion to teach people about the truths found in the scriptures, helping them to understand the depth of this Christian life.  I also 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 [...]