September 22, 2022 - Believe it or not, there have been times I have been accused of being too “narrow-minded” when it comes to spiritual matters. Yet, Jesus said in Matthew 7:14, “Strait is the gate and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life and few there be that find it.” There are actually other areas of life where you find narrow-mindedness.
There is no room for being broadminded in the chemical laboratory. Water is composed of two parts hydrogen and one part oxygen. The slightest deviation from this formula means you don’t have water.
September 8, 2022 - Joshua was born a slave and yet became the leader of Israel. He was appointed to lead Israel into the Promised Land and was commissioned by the Lord to lead His people. Leading the people of God, Joshua went from victory to victory. They successfully crossed the flooded Jordan and conquered the fortified city of Jericho.
September 1, 2022 - This past June we had the privilege of taking a family vacation to the Smoky Mountains. All of the family was there, both of our sons and daughters-in-law (truly, they are more like daughters to us) and of course the grandsons. We all stayed in the same cabin together for 7 days and still came back loving each other.
August 25, 2022 - Every morning, the sun comes rising over the eastern hills to flood this old world with its light. There are myriads of folks who greet each new day with an eager freshness. To them, every day is full of hope and promise. Their hearts are light, their problems are nothing more than challenges to a more exhilarating life. Yet, there are others who face each new day with a certain amount of dread and foreboding. They are convinced that the problems they face are not just challenges, they are a weight to carry beyond their strength.
August 18, 2022 - The story is told that one evening, a man lit a taper and began to climb a long, winding stairway. “Where are you going?” inquired the taper. “I am going up higher than a house to show ships the way to the harbor!”
August 11, 2022 - Look around our world today and tell me what you see. Partisan politics, war, anxiety, broken marriages, ruined relationships, and venom filled airwaves. In this kind of world, we are in desperate need of kindness.
August 5, 2022 - Quite often, we don't feel like the church is what it ought to be. We just feel like the church doesn't quite measure up to its potential. In his inaugural address, January 20, 1961, John F. Kennedy made the now famous statement, "Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country." Warren G Harding said something similar at the Republican National Convention in Chicago in 1916. He said, "we must have a citizenship less concerned about what the government can do for it and more anxious about what it can do for the nation."
July 29, 2022 - Satchel Paige was a professional baseball player noted both for his longevity and his numerous witticisms that are often quoted. One of those was, dont look back, something may be gaining on you. You know, that is pretty sound advice, something that the Bible also calls for.
Looking back hinders forward progress, it can cause us to be depressed and it may be bringing defeat into our lives.
July 21, 2022 - When Paul wrote to the church in Rome, we find these words in chapter 12 and verse 2, “Be not conformed to this world; but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable and perfect will of God.”