1. Active Waiting for a Glorious End
    14 Dec, 2018
    Active Waiting for a Glorious End
    But according to his promise we are waiting for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells.  2 Peter 3:13   I hate to sound cynical, but there aren't a lot of things that surprise me nowadays. Maybe that's because scandalous things seem to happen almost every day. Think about what's happened over the course of this year that almost seems like normal news these days . . . School shootings? Check. Government officials doing something underhanded?  Check. Sexual abuse in
  2. Love is Vulnerable
    12 Dec, 2018
    Love is Vulnerable
    Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God.  1 John 4:7    I think it's safe to say that Christians know we are called to love one another.  The Bible is very clear on that. We also know that love is from God.   But what love entails is sometimes a bit fuzzy to us. 1 Corinthians 13 gives us some parameters . . .   Love is patient and kind.  It does not envy or boast.  It is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its
  3. Emotions
    11 Dec, 2018
    Emotions
    Moved with pity, he stretched out his hand and touched him and said to him, "I will; be clean."  Mark 1:41   And he looked around at them with anger, grieved at their hardness of heart, and said to the man, "Stretch out your hand." He stretched it out, and his hand was restored.  Mark 3:1 But when Jesus saw it, he was indignant and said to them, "Let the children come to me; do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God." Mark 10:14    In that same hour he rejoiced in the Holy
  4. The Great Reversal
    10 Dec, 2018
    The Great Reversal
    He has shown strength with his arm; he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts; he has brought down the mighty from their thrones and exalted those of humble estate; he has filled the hungry with good things, and the rich he has sent empty away. Luke 1:51-53  There is a poem by Percy Bysshe Shelly that almost always gives me pause and brings me to the point of pensive reflection. The poem is Ozymandias. If you haven't hear of this poem before, it describes a broken statue of
  5. Faith, Not Fear
    07 Dec, 2018
    Faith, Not Fear
    Then Moses summoned Joshua and said to him in the sight of all Israel, "Be strong and courageous, for you shall go with this people into the land that the LORD has sworn to their fathers to give them, and you shall put them in possession of it.  It is the LORD who goes before you. He will be with you; he will not leave you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed."  Deuteronomy 31:7-8  I saw an article online recently about 21 challenges facing the church in the 21st Century. It was an
  6. Three Characteristics Important to Jesus
    05 Dec, 2018
    Three Characteristics Important to Jesus
    He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the LORD require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?  Micah 6:8   If you could grow in any three characteristics, what would they be? Maybe you want to be rich. Or to wield power and control. Maybe you want fame and to have accolades all over the world. Or maybe you'd rather be really good at a specific set of skills. There are all kinds of characteristics we may want to see more of in our