1. 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
  2. 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
  3. Good News for Lingerers
    09 Jan, 2018
    Good News for Lingerers
    As morning dawned, the angels urged Lot, saying, "Up! Take your wife and your two daughters who are here, lest you be swept away in the punishment of the city."  But he lingered. So the men seized him and his wife and his two daughters by the hand, the LORD being merciful to him, and they brought him out and set him outside the city.  Genesis 19:15-16 Imagine being visited by literal angels from heaven.  These angels tell you that if you don't leave the city now, you will be annihilated along
  4. When Red + Red = White
    03 Jan, 2018
    When Red + Red = White
    Come now, let us reason together, says the LORD: though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall become like wool. Isaiah 1:18 So I hear there's a little snow coming our way.   Here in Sumter, snow always brings with it the shutting down of schools, businesses, and other institutions.  It also brings the inevitable run on milk and bread. But snow can bring us something else, if we're willing to think about it. God says to his
  5. Blessings That Come in Threes
    19 Dec, 2017
    Blessings That Come in Threes
    John to the seven churches that are in Asia: Grace to you and peace from him who is and who was and who is to come, and from the seven spirits who are before his throne, and from Jesus Christ the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead, and the ruler of kings on earth. To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood and made us a kingdom, priests to his God and Father, to him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.  Revelation 1:4-6 When I was child, there was this
  6. Jesus Will Build His Church
    15 Nov, 2017
    Jesus Will Build His Church
    And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.  Matthew 16:18 As a pastor I receive emails about church growth all the time.   Here are a few examples of the titles of the church growth helps I've been sent over the past few days: "3 Secrets to Move Guests from Outsiders to Insiders" "Increasing the Millennial Attendance in Your Church 10 Times" "What Fast-Growing Churches Do Differently"  To be fair, emails