Excuses

One day a pastor decided to visit a delinquent member that had not been attending church.  As the pastor entered the member’s home he sat down and began a friendly dialogue but eventually got down to the reason for his visit.  The pastor said, “Don, I’ve noticed that we have not been seeing you at …

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I am the Greatest

Before he came along modesty, humility, and generosity to one’s opponent was the norm.  After he came self-promotion, bragging, arrogance, and conceit took over.  Today, when you see an athlete preen before the camera, thump his chest over a play just made, or put on some kind of overt display to draw attention to himself …

Bad Bad Barabbas

There is no way to “white wash it” or “sugar coat it”; Barabbas was a bad man. Mt. 27:16 indicates “And they had then a notorious prisoner called Barabbas.” Mark 15:7 adds that he was a rebel against the Roman occupation and had committed murder in the insurrection the zealots carried out against Roman authority. …

And God Knew

It is important to us as human beings, that we get the sense that there are others that know that through which we are going.  This does not always portend that that through which we are going is of a negative nature.   Many times we want people to know what blessings are going on in …

Family Fragrance

Back in 2012 we had one last family vacation with our five Children.  We picked a perfect spot for this time.  A friend from college in the ministry had a home in the U.P. just 20 minutes from the bridge on US 2; the road that skirts Lake Michigan.  It was beautiful and idyllic; a …

Accidents or Appointments

Life is a series of events; some pleasant and good, some difficult and bad.  Why do things happen the way they do?  Why do lives fall apart, why do natural disasters occur, why do bad things happen to “good people”? Why are some people extraordinarily blessed with health, material goods, and good fortune when others …

Transferring Our Hope

Poor Leah!  It seems she was always playing second fiddle to her sister Rachel.  Leah was the first born daughter of Laban; Jacob’s uncle. But from the time that Jacob first met Laban’s second born daughter; Rachel, he had his eye on her (see Gen. 29).  Rachel was beautiful. A real “knockout” we would say …

Having an Open Mind

What do you think when someone says to you “You should have an open mind?” That would probably depend on what worldview you have adopted.  In one worldview, one should always have an open mind because there is no such thing as “absolute truth” (ironically, an absolute statement in itself).  But in their thinking, any …

Better Call Saul

There is a television program on AMC that has found a consistent audience named “Better call Saul”.  Better Call Saul is an American television crime drama series created by Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould. It is a spin-off prequel of Gilligan's prior series Breaking Bad. Set in the early 2000s, Better Call Saul follows the …

Stay With Us

Ever since I became a Christian back on February 11th, 1975, I’ve wanted to be in the presence of Godly men.  Back in the day I was saved, I worked a seasonal job that had me on unemployment during the winter months.  This allowed me the opportunity to hang out with the youth pastor, Gary …