1. Allegiance
    25 Apr, 2018
    Allegiance
    Turn to me and be saved, all the ends of the earth! For I am God, and there is no other.  By myself I have sworn; from my mouth has gone out in righteousness a word that shall not return:  To me every knee shall bow, every tongue shall swear allegiance. Isaiah 45:22-23 Let's try an experiment. I'll start a phrase, and you finish it. Ready? Here's the phrase . . . I pledge allegiance to . . . What comes next? Probably most Americans would finish that phrase with "the flag of the United
  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. His Kingdom is Forever
    23 Jan, 2018
    His Kingdom is Forever
    I saw in the night visions, and behold, with the clouds of heaven there came one like a son of man, and he came to the Ancient of Days and was presented before him.  And to him was given dominion and glory and a kingdom, that all peoples, nations, and languages should serve him; his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom one that shall not be destroyed.  Daniel 7:13-14 In the book Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell there is a chapter set in a
  4. Deliverance From This Present Evil Age
    04 Oct, 2017
    Deliverance From This Present Evil Age
    Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ, who gave himself for our sins to deliver us from the present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father, to whom be the glory forever and ever. Amen. Galatians 1:3-5 Years ago I was trying to clear the brush from an area in our yard.  As my shovel dug into one area of the earth, a swarm of ground bees teemed out of the ground.  I made a run for it, and, thankfully, escaped the attack without one sting. That
  5. Fear, Anxiety, and the Kingdom
    08 May, 2017
    Fear, Anxiety, and the Kingdom
    Fear not, little flock, for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom.  Luke 12:32 When I was child I was afraid of all kinds of things.  Some of those things were normal kid fears . . . like things that go bump in the night.  Some were fears adults may continue to have . . . like tornadoes.  And some were a little idiosyncratic to me, I'm sure . . . like the fear that I had somehow contracted tuberculous even though all I had was a little cough.  As an adult my fears have
  6. The Joy and Treasure of the Kingdom
    22 Feb, 2017
    The Joy and Treasure of the Kingdom
    "The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and covered up. Then in his joy he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field." Matthew 13:44 This week I had a pleasant surprise.  Katelyn, my youngest daughter, asked me if I had any soothing music she could listen to at night.  So we looked through my old CD's to find something soothing for her to listen to. While we were searching for soothing tuneage, I came across some CD's I hadn't seen in years . . .