1. Jesus and Life
    23 May, 2018
    Jesus and Life
    Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life.  1 John 5:12  Someone recently mentioned the band Audio Adrenaline in a conversation, and that caused me to think of a song by that band named simply, Life. The song starts off with these lyrics . . . Life is a series of impossible dreams,  Full of disappointment, and it ain't what it seems An then later in the song there's the line . . .  Life! Too much to do and too much strife I have to admit, those
  2. In the Beginning, God
    27 Apr, 2018
    In the Beginning, God
    In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.  Genesis 1:1  In his book, Sex and Money, Paul David Tripp states, "Your Bible begins with these four words: 'In the beginning God,' and with those four words everything in life is given shape, purpose, and meaning." The more I process that statement, the more I realize just how profound it is. When we think about what shapes our reality, what gives us purpose, what gives our lives meaning, do we start with God? After all, in the
  3. The Wages of Sin, The Gift of Life
    27 Oct, 2017
    The Wages of Sin, The Gift of Life
    ​ For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 6:23 All my life I've been working at a job. The job isn't great. I'm basically at it 24/7. There are no vacation days. I'm promised lots of wonderful things, but they are never delivered. And the pay isn't good either. In fact this job really stinks, and yet I find myself continually on the clock.  If you haven't guessed yet, the "job" I'm talking about is that of a sinner. As a sinner I
  4. Life and Worship
    09 Oct, 2017
    Life and Worship
    I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Romans 12:1 Everyone who knows me knows I like burgers.  Grilled, juicy, thick . . . Mmmm.  I usually like my burgers with mayo, ketchup, and mustard.  If one of those condiments is not available, however, I don’t let it stop me from eating the burger.  I can eat a burger with or without mustard.  It’s still a burger, after all!
  5. Jesus, My Only Hope
    13 Feb, 2017
    Jesus, My Only Hope
    After this many of his disciples turned back and no longer walked with him.  So Jesus said to the Twelve, "Do you want to go away as well?"  Simon Peter answered him, "Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life, and we have believed, and have come to know, that you are the Holy One of God." John 6:66-69 I've been a believer in Christ for a few decades now.  There have been ups and downs, highs and lows, mountain peaks and valley floors.   There have been times when I've
  6. The Last Enemy to be Destroyed is Death
    04 Apr, 2016
    The Last Enemy to be Destroyed is Death
    For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet.  The last enemy to be destroyed is death. 1 Corinthians 15:25-26 My wife's mother died last week. As a pastor I've conducted plenty of funerals.  I've attended even more.  Seeing the impact of death is never easy. But because death has hit closer to home, the effect has been more momentous. I've thought more deeply about life and death, relationships and family, faith and the future this past week than I have in a long,