1. Unequally Yoked
    20 Oct, 2017
    Unequally Yoked
    Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers. For what partnership has righteousness with lawlessness? Or what fellowship has light with darkness?  What accord has Christ with Belial? Or what portion does a believer share with an unbeliever?  What agreement has the temple of God with idols? For we are the temple of the living God; as God said, "I will make my dwelling among them and walk among them, and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.  Therefore go out from their midst, and be
  2. What is Hidden
    18 Oct, 2017
    What is Hidden
    Who can discern his errors? Declare me innocent from hidden faults.  Psalm 19:12 Yesterday I walked out into our backyard to check on our pool.  It looked good . . . considering what a pool amateur I am.  I remember thinking, "The pool looks pretty clean, but I should check the skimmer basket." What I found in that skimmer basket was a huge, disgusting surprise to me!   It was a dead squirrel. Crazy, huh? The pool looked good on the surface, but hidden in that skimmer basket was the corpse
  3. Must Not Even Be Named Among Us
    17 Oct, 2017
    Must Not Even Be Named Among Us
    But sexual immorality and all impurity or covetousness must not even be named among you, as is proper among saints.  Ephesians 5:3 As a response to the Harvey Weinstein scandal in which many women have accused him of sexual misconduct, actress Alyssa Milano tweeted, "If you've been sexually harassed or assaulted write 'me too' as a reply to this tweet." Since then social media has been flooded with "me too" messages. I have been overwhelmed with the sheer number of these confessions of
  4. Trusting God's Infinite Wisdom in Suffering
    16 Oct, 2017
    Trusting God's Infinite Wisdom in Suffering
    Then the LORD answered Job out of the whirlwind and said: "Who is this that darkens counsel by words without knowledge?  Dress for action like a man; I will question you, and you make it known to me.  Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth? Tell me, if you have understanding.  Who determined its measurements-- surely you know! Or who stretched the line upon it?  On what were its bases sunk, or who laid its cornerstone, when the morning stars sang together and all the sons of God
  5. Receiving Correction
    13 Oct, 2017
    Receiving Correction
    Better is open rebuke than hidden love.  Faithful are the wounds of a friend; profuse are the kisses of an enemy. Proverbs 27:5-6     A few years ago I was talking with a friend about a movie I had seen that starred Alan Rickman.  My friend told me Alan Rickman was not in the movie I claimed he was in.  I knew my friend was wrong.  I was absolutely certain of it.  So we looked it up online. And sure enough, my friend had to look me straight in the face and admit that I was wrong. That’s
  6. Praying for and Seeking Peace
    11 Oct, 2017
    Praying for and Seeking Peace
    And a harvest of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.  James 3:18 Over the last few days I've been thinking about the "Peace Prayer" often attributed to Francis of Assisi.  There is so much about this prayer that encourages and challenges me in my faith.   And when I connect James 3:18 to this prayer, I am further encouraged and challenged. I long for righteousness.  In my own life and in the world around me.   I also long for peace. James says, "a harvest of