September 28, 2023 - Not long ago, I read a story about a businessman who considered himself to be extremely busy. He was harassed, discouraged and overwhelmed with all the pressure in his life. There were deadlines to meet, projects to complete and a never ending list of things he needed to take care of.
September 21, 2023 - It was James who wrote, “The effectual, fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much” (James 5:16). Paul would write, “Pray without ceasing” (I Thessalonians 5:17). The poet Tennyson would write, “More things are wrought by prayer than this world dreams of.”
September 14, 2023 - As the story goes, the family had come home from church and little Bobby followed his mother into the kitchen. She took the fried chicken out of the oven she had cooked before church and put it on a platter. She left to go into the other room and when she came back Bobby had a drumstick and thigh on a plate and was headed out the door. When questioned, he pleaded with his mother that he wanted the drumstick and thigh to feed his dog. Mother informed him in a not so gentle manner that the fried chicken was for the family dinner.
September 7, 2023 - All of us are aware of the “Golden Rule.” It was announced by Jesus in Matthew 7:12 when he said, “Whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them”. Of course, we are more familiar hearing it as “Do unto others as you would have other do unto you.”
August 24, 2023 - I read the other day about a man who took flying lessons. At the end of the course, he passed his tests and got his pilot’s license. So, one of the first things he does is take his wife up for a ride.
August 17, 2023 - Have you ever had some unexpected dinner guests appear at the last minute? That is what happens to Jesus and the disciples in Mark chapter 6. Herod had executed John the Baptist and Jesus and the disciple were doing their best to get to a secluded place to be alone.
August 10, 2023 - Paul wrote to the churches of Galatia and said, “And let us not be weary in well dong, for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not” (Galatians 6:9)
Within all of us is a natural desire to be successful and we want to do it quickly. It is painful when repeated effort does not bring the results we desire. However, our impatience betrays a lack of faith in God. The farmer has more faith when he plants his see, trusting God will send rain and give the crop.
August 3, 2023 - The Hebrew writer quotes a passage from Jeremiah chapter 31 in Hebrews 6:10. He writes, “I will put my laws into their mind and write them in their hearts.” God is telling us there will come a day when his law will not be written on tablets of stone, but will be a law written in the heart.
July 27, 2023 - At long last and after an extensive search, the perfect preacher has finally been found. His knowledge is deep, his delivery is eloquent and he preaches only 15 minutes. He condemns sin in unmistakable terms and does not offend anyone.
He works from 8:00 a.m. until midnight, including janitorial and maintenance work. He makes $300.00 per week, wears good clothes, guys good books, drives a nice car and gives $100.00 per week to the church.