1. Our Need to Abide in Jesus
    14 May, 2018
    Our Need to Abide in Jesus
    I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing. John 15:5 You may have heard that my laptop died last week.   You would think that wouldn't be a big a deal, but I was surprised at just how debilitating it turned out to be. For several days I couldn't access the programs and files I normally use to do the work of the week.   And as the saying goes . . . you don't know what you've got 'til it's gone.
  2. Rejecting King Jesus
    21 Mar, 2018
    Rejecting King Jesus
    Now it was the day of Preparation of the Passover. It was about the sixth hour. He said to the Jews, "Behold your King!"  They cried out, "Away with him, away with him, crucify him!" Pilate said to them, "Shall I crucify your King?" The chief priests answered, "We have no king but Caesar."  John 19:14-15 I was reading this passage yesterday, and like always it provoked an emotional response. My heart sinks every time I read this passage. Why? Because I know the chief priests pretty much
  3. 3 Sides to Every Story - Yours, Mine, and the Truth
    06 Feb, 2018
    3 Sides to Every Story - Yours, Mine, and the Truth
    Then Pilate said to him, "So you are a king?" Jesus answered, "You say that I am a king. For this purpose I was born and for this purpose I have come into the world-- to bear witness to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth listens to my voice."  Pilate said to him, "What is truth?" After he had said this, he went back outside to the Jews and told them, "I find no guilt in him."  John 18:37-38 Back in my college days, the band Extreme released their album III Sides to Every Story.  The
  4. Can Anything Good Come From Nazareth?
    17 Jan, 2018
    Can Anything Good Come From Nazareth?
    Philip found Nathanael and said to him, "We have found him of whom Moses in the Law and also the prophets wrote, Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph."  Nathanael said to him, "Can anything good come out of Nazareth?" Philip said to him, "Come and see."  John 1:45-46 If you know much about Jesus, you probably know that he spent most of his earthly life in Nazareth. But did you know that Nazareth was never mentioned in the Old Testament?   Did you know that Nazareth was a small town of
  5. Grace Upon Grace
    26 Sep, 2017
    Grace Upon Grace
    For from his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace. John 1:16 If you know me well, you know I enjoy a good burger.  I also enjoy trying speciality burgers that are a little off the beaten path. For example, a few years ago I tried the Lo Country Burger at Chef Smitty's in Myrtle Beach.  That burger was topped with shrimp, sausage, and white sauce.  Unfortunately, I've heard that Chef Smitty's has closed. And then there's Smash Burger where you can make your own burger.  I've tried
  6. Grace and Truth
    17 Apr, 2017
    Grace and Truth
    And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth. John 1:14 Yesterday in our Sunday school class, the topic of how to balance grace with truth came up.  If I remember correctly, it appeared all of us thought that it can be hard to be both gracious to people and truthful at the same time.  And I think I understand why. There is a tendency, among some of us at least, to think of truth as hard, cold facts