1. In Control?
    24 May, 2018
    In Control?
    And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life?  If then you are not able to do as small a thing as that, why are you anxious about the rest? Luke 12:25-26 Every so often I have a recurring nightmare.  This nightmare began back when I was a public school teacher.  And even though I’ve been out of the public school system for a long time now, I still occasionally have this same dream.  The details are not always the same, but the main gist goes like this: I’m
  2. Jesus and Life
    23 May, 2018
    Jesus and Life
    Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life.  1 John 5:12  Someone recently mentioned the band Audio Adrenaline in a conversation, and that caused me to think of a song by that band named simply, Life. The song starts off with these lyrics . . . Life is a series of impossible dreams,  Full of disappointment, and it ain't what it seems An then later in the song there's the line . . .  Life! Too much to do and too much strife I have to admit, those
  3. Love Fulfills the Whole Law
    22 May, 2018
    Love Fulfills the Whole Law
    For the whole law is fulfilled in one word: "You shall love your neighbor as yourself."  Galatians 5:14 I have to admit, I'm fascinated by this verse.   Allow me to tell you why . . . Paul, under the inspiration of the Spirit, says something radical about how the law is fulfilled. The whole law is fulfilled in one simple command. "You shall love your neighbor as yourself." But wait . . . I thought the whole law was fulfilled by two commands!  "Love your neighbor" is one of them, yes.  But
  4. Perceiving the Same Thing Differently
    21 May, 2018
    Perceiving the Same Thing Differently
    For we are the aroma of Christ to God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing, to one a fragrance from death to death, to the other a fragrance from life to life. Who is sufficient for these things? 2 Corinthians 2:15  If you've been on the internet recently, you've probably heard about the audio clip that sounds like different words to different people. Some people hear "Yanny". Some people hear "Laurel". Same clip.  Different perceptions.  It's an interesting
  5. Gratitude
    18 May, 2018
    Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever.  Psalm 136:1  I've been thinking about gratitude recently, and those thoughts came to a head last night during a men's small group discussion.   During our discussion last night, we talked about how we often take good things for granted.  We discussed how we often act as if we're entitled to things that are really gifts of God's grace and love. I found myself looking in the metaphorical mirror and not liking
  6. Spiritual Health
    16 May, 2018
    Spiritual Health
    So, every healthy tree bears good fruit, but the diseased tree bears bad fruit.  A healthy tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a diseased tree bear good fruit.  Matthew 7:17-18 I've been asking myself a question lately . . . What does good spiritual health look like? I'm sure the answer to this question can take various forms, but for now I've been focusing on things like truth, humility, faith, and love. All four of those qualities are necessary for good spiritual health. I think that's