1. Anointed For What?
    12 Dec, 2017
    Anointed For What?
    The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me, because the LORD has anointed me to bring good news to the poor; he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound; to proclaim the year of the LORD's favor, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all who mourn; to grant to those who mourn in Zion-- to give them a beautiful headdress instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, the garment of praise
  2. Jesus Saves
    11 Dec, 2017
    Jesus Saves
    She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins. Matthew 1:21   Around this time of year many Christians celebrate Jesus' birth (I say "many" and not "all" because there are some Christians who do not celebrate Christmas . . . but that's a discussion for another day!).   Lots of Bible verses are quoted in full or in part that relate to the coming of Christ into the world. I'm sure most of us have a favorite. Mine is Matthew 1:21. Sure . .
  3. Let Justice Flow
    08 Dec, 2017
    Let Justice Flow
    I hate, I despise your feasts, and I take no delight in your solemn assemblies.  Even though you offer me your burnt offerings and grain offerings, I will not accept them; and the peace offerings of your fattened animals, I will not look upon them.  Take away from me the noise of your songs; to the melody of your harps I will not listen.  But let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream. Amos 5:21-24  If you're a part of any church, you can see that the
  4. Finding Refuge
    06 Dec, 2017
    Finding Refuge
    Who can stand before his indignation? Who can endure the heat of his anger? His wrath is poured out like fire, and the rocks are broken into pieces by him. The LORD is good, a stronghold in the day of trouble; he knows those who take refuge in him. But with an overflowing flood he will make a complete end of the adversaries, and will pursue his enemies into darkness.  Nahum 1:6-8 Imagine you're at a restaurant in downtown Sumter when you see an M1 Abrams tank go by through the restaurant
  5. Esther and the Gospel
    05 Dec, 2017
    Esther and the Gospel
    For if you keep silent at this time, relief and deliverance will rise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father's house will perish. And who knows whether you have not come to the kingdom for such a time as this? Esther 4:14 If you're not familiar with the Biblical account of Esther, you're really missing something extraordinary! Basically, the Book of Esther is about a young, orphaned, Jewish lady raised by her uncle, Mordecai.  Through a series of strange events she becomes a
  6. Beware of Hypocrisy
    04 Dec, 2017
    Beware of Hypocrisy
    Jesus said to them, "Watch and beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and Sadducees."  Matthew 16:6  Our dog, Jack, woke us up late last night (or really early this morning, whichever way you want to look at it) because he was barking.  I got out of bed and looked around to make sure he wasn't barking at some intruder on our premises.  I didn't see anyone, so I let Jack outside hoping he just had to do his business in the back yard. So nothing significant happened. But the incident gave me a