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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Be Bold and Uncompromising

"But Peter and John answered them, “Whether it is right in the sight of God to listen to you rather than to God, you must judge, for we cannot but speak of what we have seen and heard.” Acts 4:19-20 Some of you know that every other Saturday night my wife and I meet with two other couples for Bible study at the Cobb Pregnancy Resource Center in Kennesaw, GA .  We go verse by verse through difference books and we are currently going through the Book of Acts.  Three of us take turns teaching Read more [...]

Go out to where they are

"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." Luke 14:23 Here Jesus tells the story of a man who once gave a great banquet and invited many people to attend.  After everything was ready, he sent his servant to tell those he had invited that the banquet was  set and they should come and enjoy.  However, everyone of them had an excuse as to why they could not come.  So the master sent his servant into the Read more [...]