Nature cannot disconnect from its Creator; therefore, it retains its "wow" factor. Consider evening and morning of each day—the sun typically makes a spectacular light show besides all the good it does all day (and night by way of moonlight). A wedding—the creation of a new union by God that will be a means of … Continue reading Weddings with a “wow” factor
What might an ambassador of the kingdom of heaven notice about what goes on before weddings these days? First, you may have noticed that more and more couples are living together before marriage, even among the children of devout Christians, church workers, and pastors. I’m going to tackle that subject later in August. Second, you … Continue reading Pre-wedding Partying
In the last post I introduced the concept of what God thinks about slavery. Continuing that theme, here are a few questions to consider: What good is civil liberty if we are held in bondage by the lusts of the flesh and our soul is dead? What harm can civil oppression do if our soul … Continue reading Civil liberty and civil oppression
Most people I meet are perplexed about the Bible’s teaching on slavery. Is God okay with slavery or not? Since we are made in God’s image, the answer is CERTAINLY NOT! But if God is against slavery, why does it go on? Slavery, including every form of human bondage, like every other evil, is a … Continue reading The Bible on Bondage
So, which is it? Am I the captain of my own destiny or is God my co-pilot or should I let go and let God? Our thinking is a product of our world view. If each of us is a primarily physical being in time with a distant God or no god at all, it … Continue reading Bumper Sticker Analysis
Who suffers most from being negative? It seems like hard, unhappy work to complain and be critical about others and the way things are because of others. It seems even more difficult to make a case before God that we are justified in being critical of others, especially if we remember that our complaints are … Continue reading A remedy for negativity
We are in the season of Epiphany, which begins twelve days after Christmas, celebrating the appearance of Jesus to the Gentiles as indicated by the visit of the Wise Men from the East to the holy family in Bethlehem (Matthew 2:1-12). The word “epiphany” means, “to appear”. On the first Sunday in Epiphany, we celebrate … Continue reading What’s Important about Epiphany?
What does it mean when we are more afraid of what is outside of us than what is inside? Look at Mark 7. The terrifying catalog of evil that Jesus describes here comes from our own corrupt hearts. The magnitude of God’s love and power to save me is not realized until I see that … Continue reading Redemption from the inside out
When you listen to the news, or get a disturbing update from family or friends, do you ever become really afraid? God’s response is the same every time. Remember what is true: God loves me; the Son of God took human nature to Himself and lived for me, even to the point of crucifixion and … Continue reading What do I do when I’m afraid?
Has 2020 improved our vision? Will our lives be that much different at 12:01 on January 1, 2021? Everyone (except Amazon, mask makers, and Plexiglas makers) is looking forward to vaccinations and a return to life as usual. But will relief and joy for a recovery from 2020 quickly be overshadowed by fear, worry, or … Continue reading Thoughts for the New Year