1. Learning From Elijah
    17 Dec, 2018
    Learning From Elijah
    And when Elijah heard it, he wrapped his face in his cloak and went out and stood at the entrance of the cave. And behold, there came a voice to him and said, "What are you doing here, Elijah?"  He said, "I have been very jealous for the LORD, the God of hosts. For the people of Israel have forsaken your covenant, thrown down your altars, and killed your prophets with the sword, and I, even I only, am left, and they seek my life, to take it away."  And the LORD said to him, "Go, return on your
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. Life is Mysterious and Complex
    05 Nov, 2018
    Life is Mysterious and Complex
    As you do not know the way the spirit comes to the bones in the womb of a woman with child, so you do not know the work of God who makes everything.  In the morning sow your seed, and at evening withhold not your hand, for you do not know which will prosper, this or that, or whether both alike will be good.  Ecclesiastes 11:5-6  Life is complex and mysterious. Anyone who tells you otherwise is either naive or trying to sell you a bill of goods. We so want life to be black and white.  We want
  5. Justified Through Faith, Not The Law
    31 Oct, 2018
    Justified Through Faith, Not The Law
    Now it is evident that no one is justified before God by the law, for "The righteous shall live by faith."  Galatians 3:11   I still remember the conversation I had over 25 years ago with a member of a well-known campus ministry. She told me that when she died, God would weigh her good deeds and her bad deeds. If her good deeds outweighed her bad deeds, she would go to heaven.  But if her bad deeds outweighed her good deeds, she would go to hell. I was stunned. I couldn't believe someone
  6. Grace and Doubt
    22 Oct, 2018
    Grace and Doubt
    Now Thomas, one of the Twelve, called the Twin, was not with them when Jesus came.  So the other disciples told him, "We have seen the Lord." But he said to them, "Unless I see in his hands the mark of the nails, and place my finger into the mark of the nails, and place my hand into his side, I will never believe."  Eight days later, his disciples were inside again, and Thomas was with them. Although the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, "Peace be with you."  Then he