A Great Sinner

I’ve been reading in 1 and 2 Samuel and particularly taking note of the life of David.  In so many ways David was “the man after God’s own heart”.  One wonders why this moniker is placed on a man who had so many deficiencies in his spiritual life.  After all, he committed adultery with Bathsheba.  …

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The Untended Garden

Across the street from the church there is a city park called Greenmead. It is Livonia’s much smaller version of The Henry Ford’s Greenfield Village where historical homes, factories, and shops are put on display.  I often do a prayer walk over there either early in the morning or late at night during the gloaming …

Empty Things

Samuel, the great prophet and Judge of Israel was “retiring” after long years of leading Israel in godliness (1 Samuel 12).  Because the nations around them had kings, Israel wanted one, thus supplanting Samuel and relegating him to “prophet emeritus”.  1 Samuel 12 is his “farewell address” as the longtime head of the nation. He …

Don’t Forget

Hey, don’t you hate it when you forget something important?  I’ve never forgotten my wife’s birthday, Mother’s Day, or our anniversary (I think).  I don’t know.  Maybe I have forgotten that I have forgotten some of those dates 🙂 But I have forgotten important things.  At least twice in my ministry I have forgotten appointments …

Affliction

Affliction is a charged word.  It probably can be said that every life endures some affliction from very mild to severe.  Western Christians know little or nothing of the affliction of persecution, or poverty, or starvation, or lack of medical care, or lack of clean water to drink.  Yet, many believers in other parts of …

Practically Perfect

Sometimes a false concept of a pastor is entertained by many church members.  It is thought many times, that pastors are “spiritual supermen”.  They have it all together.  Since they preach high moral and functional standards, they must themselves have pretty much “mastered” those standards and functions. It is true that there are high qualifications …

Battery Life

As I look over the past two decades of my life I realize that so much has happened.  So much has changed.  In my family we have gone from all our kids being at home and in the midst of child rearing to now being empty nesters with four of our kids married, five grands, …