1. Examine Yourselves
    09 Feb, 2018
    Examine Yourselves
    Examine yourselves, to see whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Or do you not realize this about yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you?- unless indeed you fail to meet the test!  2 Corinthians 13:5 When I was in school, test time was almost always an anxiety producing event.  I wanted to do well on any test I took, and the thought of failure was usually too awful for me to consider.  At times there were even sweaty palms, racing heartbeat, and wide-eyed deer in the headlights fear
  2. Eagles, God's Sovereignty, and Trust
    05 Feb, 2018
    Eagles, God's Sovereignty, and Trust
    Is it at your command that the eagle mounts up and makes his nest on high?  On the rock he dwells and makes his home, on the rocky crag and stronghold.  From there he spies out the prey; his eyes behold it from far away.  His young ones suck up blood, and where the slain are, there is he. Job 39:27-30 I'm not a fan of the Philadelphia Eagles, per se, but I was glad to see them win their first Super Bowl last night. I also have to admit, I was happy to see the Patriots lose.  Five Super Bowl
  3. No Condemnation
    19 Jan, 2018
    No Condemnation
    There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.  Romans 8:1 According to the Jerusalem Post, Tel Aviv Mayor Ron Huldai is being condemned by the SPCA and other groups because he made a public statement that while in Vietnam he ate dog and found it "very tasty". SPCA Israel spokesman Gadi Vitner explained why Huldai's actions are worthy of condemnation, "It’s not okay to eat your friends.  If he wants to eat cow or dog, that’s his problem, but it’s not appropriate to
  4. Are You of Good Courage?
    16 Jan, 2018
    Are You of Good Courage?
    So we are always of good courage. We know that while we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord, for we walk by faith, not by sight.  Yes, we are of good courage, and we would rather be away from the body and at home with the Lord.  2 Corinthians 5:6-8 When it comes to serving the Lord Jesus, are you of good courage? Maybe you hear that question and say, "Huh?". 21st century Americans don't usually say things like, "I am of good courage."  No, what we would say is something more
  5. Not me! . . . But Christ!
    08 Jan, 2018
    Not me! . . . But Christ!
    I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. Galatians 2:20 Here are some conversations that could be overheard in our house recently . . . "Who left these cookies on the floor?" "Not me!" "Who put all this toothpaste in the sink?" "Not me!" "Who made these purple marks on the floor?" "Not me!" It appears "Not me!" has been really
  6. Going on to Maturity
    05 Jan, 2018
    Going on to Maturity
    Therefore let us leave the elementary doctrine of Christ and go on to maturity, not laying again a foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith toward God, and of instruction about washings, the laying on of hands, the resurrection of the dead, and eternal judgment.  And this we will do if God permits.  Hebrews 6:1-3 In our household everyone has particular chores to do.  One of our children has the responsibility of cleaning the bathrooms.  Not too long ago one of the bathrooms was