Most people who went to church camp as kids know what the shortest verse in the Bible is because they got points for how many verses they could memorize. John 11:35 has only two words—Jesus wept. This may be the shortest verse, but in many ways it is one of the deepest, most meaningful verses … More Jesus feels what we feel!
I am not trying to be mean toward sheep, I’m merely stating a known fact. Sheep are prone to wander and they get themselves into trouble a lot. They don’t know where to go for water, for pasture, or for safety. Sheep need a shepherd. The Bible uses sheep as a metaphor for followers of … More Sheep are stupid and so are we!
American culture is very future-oriented. We simply don’t think we have the time to hit the pause button and reflect. We want to get on to the next thing and then the next thing, etc. We are in a hurry to get to whatever is next, because we don’t want to miss out on anything. … More It’s time to look back!
In the gospel of John, chapter eight, Jesus said, “I am the light of the world,” but in Matthew chapter five he told his followers that THEY were the light of the world. To me, the best way to reconcile these two Scriptures is to simply observe the moon on a clear night. The moon … More Reflecting the Son!
Do you have any intentional plans to grow this year? A few years ago I saw a quote on the preacher’s door at my home church, that said, “If you are not growing, then you are coasting. And if you are coasting, you’re going downhill” One of the major purposes of the Church is to … More Are you coasting?
The Apostle Paul told the church at Rome “we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope” (Romans 5:3-4). One of the greatest things about Christianity is that it teaches there can be meaning in the midst of suffering. One of the things clearly taught in … More From “Why” to “How”
In the New Testament book of James there is a passage that might seem a little masochistic at first glance. James 1:2-3 says, “Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness.” This passage is not telling us to enjoy … More Choose joy!
I have always considered James 4:17 to be a very sobering verse. It says, “So whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin.” Apparently one can sin by just sitting in a chair doing nothing. A big theme in the book of James is hearing and … More Sinning by Sitting!
There is nothing wrong with making plans for tomorrow, we just need to know that all of our plans are tentative plans. God has given us the brain capacity to think and plan, but we must do this with the realization that things may not go the way we think. The reason is we don’t … More Tentative Planning
I love the Jason Gray song “Good to Be Alive,” which contains the lines “I want to live like there’s no tomorrow / I want to love like I’m on borrowed time.” Former Lincoln Christian University student Steve Szoke was given thirty-two years to live on Earth and former student Sam VanGeison only twenty-six. When … More He rang true!