For Your God Helps You

Friendship and comradery are strange things.  Over the years I have come to be surprised to find out that in the church, somebody has become great friends with someone else.  I have found myself asking, “How did they get linked up” as friends because it seems like they have little in common. One of my …

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A Bruised Reed; A Smoking Flax

When I was a very young pastor up in Columbiaville, Michigan, we had a small country church on the edge of a little backwater village.  There were no more than 900 people in the town and it had one blinking stop light on one of the corners.  But it was our first church and we …

Shaken?

What would it take to “shake” your faith in Jesus Christ and the gospel? Do you know that there is a movement of self-declared apostates who are leading a “de-conversion” movement of former evangelicals and fundamentalists?  They write books, blog, have web-sites, etc., and are devoted to bringing you from the “dark side” (i.e. historical …

Afraid of the Dark

When I was a boy, my father built a very nice bedroom down in the basement for my two brothers and myself; Rick who was one year older than I was and Gary who was two years older.  The basement was a walkout so we actually had two full sized windows in our room; it …

Whatcha Readin’?

In the ministry I am often asked, “What are you reading these days?” It is assumed (rightly so) that pastors ought to be readers. Whether it is periodicals, internet articles, or books, reading is a huge part of my life. But it ought to be a big part of every believer’s life. I am mostly …

The King’s Friend

I’m intrigued when I read the account of Solomon setting up his administration after the death of his father, David.  It occupies the first several chapters of 1 Kings.  In chapter one we have the account of Adonijah, Solomon’s step-brother, usurping the throne with the help of Joab, David’s long time commander of the army, …

Settled on the Lees

Do you ever feel like your life has stagnated?  Does it seem like there is no movement, no stirring of your life, and everything is “same old, same old”?  It is very easy to come to that position largely because life is a series of repetitions for most people. I have often wondered at the …

Heavy Laden

When I was a young man in college and at the peak of my athletic prowess and physical vitality it was my longing to be able to dunk a basketball.  I had a couple of things working against me; my hands were not big enough to sufficiently “palm” the ball so that I would only …

I’ve Got This

The term “I’ve got this” has become shorthand in our culture for “no worries, I can handle this, no problem”. If you ever saw the 2010 movie, “Knight and Day” you recognize that bon mot. Diaz plays June Havens, a classic car restorer who unwittingly gets caught up with the eccentric secret agent Roy Miller, …