1. Trusting God's Infinite Wisdom in Suffering
    16 Oct, 2017
    Trusting God's Infinite Wisdom in Suffering
    Then the LORD answered Job out of the whirlwind and said: "Who is this that darkens counsel by words without knowledge?  Dress for action like a man; I will question you, and you make it known to me.  Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth? Tell me, if you have understanding.  Who determined its measurements-- surely you know! Or who stretched the line upon it?  On what were its bases sunk, or who laid its cornerstone, when the morning stars sang together and all the sons of God
  2. Dealing With Spin
    19 Jun, 2017
    Dealing With Spin
    The one who states his case first seems right, until the other comes and examines him.  Proverbs 18:17 I want to take a few minutes to talk about spin.   No, not that thing you do with people in a dim room with music blaring at the Y on a stationary bike.    I'm talking about how people present information with a particular point of view, bias, or slant. We usually think about spin when it comes to the news (think "liberal media" or "breitbart news"). But we all spin the facts on one level
  3. When Words are Many
    25 Oct, 2016
    When Words are Many
    When words are many, transgression is not lacking, but whoever restrains his lips is prudent. Proverbs 10:19  It would be easy to ignore Proverbs 10:19.  It's just one verse.  It’s tucked away in a plethora of proverbs found in the Old Testament.  And who wants to limit what they want to say?  But it is part of Scripture.  It's not a good idea to ignore it.  And the proverb actually has parallels in the New Testament.  Think about, for example, what Jesus says in Matthew 12:36 (I tell you, on
  4. Got Wisdom?
    15 Mar, 2016
    Got Wisdom?
    If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. James 1:5 I want to be the first to admit that I need wisdom.   As a husband, there are times when I don't know how to love and care for my wife well. I need wisdom. As a father, there are times when I have no idea how to handle what's going on in my children's hearts.  I need wisdom. As a pastor, there are times when I look at what's going on in the lives of the congregation
  5. Are Our Desires for Wisdom and Righteousness Too Weak?
    14 Mar, 2016
    Are Our Desires for Wisdom and Righteousness Too Weak?
    But as for you, O man of God, flee these things. Pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, steadfastness, gentleness. 1 Timothy 6:11 So flee youthful passions and pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace, along with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart. 2 Timothy 2:22 Two Sundays ago I made a comment that caused a little bit of a stir.  A good stir, mind you, but a stir nonetheless. The comment I made was that few of us in the church really want to be truly righteous and