1. 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
  2. Deny Yourself, Take Up Your Cross, Follow Jesus
    28 Aug, 2017
    Deny Yourself, Take Up Your Cross, Follow Jesus
    And he said to all, "If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me." Luke 9:23 Recently, I heard a pastor say that he hates it when he hears other pastors proclaim, "All you have to do is believe."  This pastor said that statement is well-meaning, but it cheapens the life of discipleship Jesus calls us to. While I may not be quite as critical of those kinds of statements as he is, I hear what he is saying. We should always remember that faith
  3. Blessed are the Poor in Spirit
    03 Aug, 2017
    Blessed are the Poor in Spirit
    Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Matthew 5:3 All my life I've heard the message of how important self-confidence and self-esteem are for our wellbeing. The mantra of "believe in yourself" is like a drumbeat that never seems to cease. The persistent call goes out to give ourselves daily affirmations of how "we're good enough, we're smart enough, and doggone it, people like us."  We get the message loud and clear that if we simply think we ARE good enough,
  4. Do We Treat Scripture as a Wax Nose?
    16 May, 2017
    Do We Treat Scripture as a Wax Nose?
    Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth.  2 Timothy 2:15 As a pastor I have been given the great honor and weighty responsibility of studying the Scriptures and proclaiming what God's Word says to others. It is a task of considerable magnitude, and I never want to take this honor and responsibility lightly. That's why it is very concerning to me when I see others approaching Scripture with a "let me
  5. Thinking More Highly of Ourselves Than We Ought
    21 Apr, 2017
    Thinking More Highly of Ourselves Than We Ought
    For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned. Romans 12:3 Thinking more highly of ourselves is something like second nature for most of us. It's not that we're trying to think that way; we simply do. And if you don't think you're guilty of thinking more highly of yourself than you should, the very fact that you think Romans 12:3
  6. Promoting Jesus Instead of Ourselves
    03 Apr, 2017
    Promoting Jesus Instead of Ourselves
    For what we proclaim is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, with ourselves as your servants for Jesus' sake.  2 Corinthians 4:5 It's so easy to self-promote. If you think about it, we're taught to do this in various ways.   We're told . . . "Put your best foot forward." "You never get a second chance to make a first impression." "You need to sell yourself" (especially in the context of interviews). But the truth is there are times when we really don't need to be encouraged to