1. Rebuke and Discipline Without Anger
    15 Jan, 2019
    Rebuke and Discipline Without Anger
    O LORD, rebuke me not in your anger, nor discipline me in your wrath.  Psalm 6:1 Nobody I know wants to be rebuked in anger. Most of us don't want to be rebuked, period!   But with anger? No, thank you. Furthermore, I know of no child who wants to be disciplined by a furious parent. Discipline is hard enough to go through as it is.  When the parent administering the discipline is infuriated, it makes it that much harder to endure. In Psalm 6, David seems to know that rebuke and discipline
  2. Do We Want Humility?
    27 Nov, 2018
    Do We Want Humility?
    Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will exalt you.  James 4:10   William Law once wrote the following about humility . . . Although it is thus the soul and essence of all religious duties, yet is it, generally speaking, the least understood, the least regarded, the least intended, the least desired and sought after, of all other virtues amongst all sorts of Christians. Ouch! Is humility really the least understood, least regarded,least intended, least desired and sought after of all
  3. Everyone Who Calls on the Name of the Lord Will Be Saved
    14 Nov, 2018
    Everyone Who Calls on the Name of the Lord Will Be Saved
    For "everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved." Romans 10:13   This morning, while I was in the car going to a meeting with some pastors, I heard the 1995 song "Bullet with Butterfly Wings" by Smashing Pumpkins.   One of the repeated lines from that song struck me.   Several times, the lead singer says, "And I still believe that I cannot be saved." The song may not really be about Biblical salvation.  After all, some people interpret the song as a swipe at the music
  4. Wanting to Grow in Gratitude?
    09 Nov, 2018
    Wanting to Grow in Gratitude?
    We give thanks to you, O God; we give thanks, for your name is near. We recount your wondrous deeds.  Psalm 75:1   For some us, and I am definitely including myself when I say "us", being thankful isn't as prominent in our lives as it could be. I once read an article that expressed what may be ailing us.  I thought it summed up several things really well. The article mentioned several attitudes that are inimical to gratitude:   The "never enough" attitude. The "I deserve it" attitude. The
  5. Turning to God in Our Distress
    07 Nov, 2018
    Turning to God in Our Distress
    Answer me quickly, O LORD! My spirit fails! Hide not your face from me, lest I be like those who go down to the pit.  Let me hear in the morning of your steadfast love, for in you I trust. Make me know the way I should go, for to you I lift up my soul.  Psalm 143:7-8  In Psalm 143, David cries out for help from the Lord. I don't know all the details behind his cry for help, but it's obvious he feels distressed. I know that feeling. No, I don't have enemies trying to kill me like David did,
  6. A Heart Broken Over Sin
    30 Oct, 2018
    A Heart Broken Over Sin
    "Yet even now," declares the LORD, "return to me with all your heart, with fasting, with weeping, and with mourning; and rend your hearts and not your garments." Return to the LORD your God, for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love; and he relents over disaster.  Joel 2:12 -13  Is my heart broken over my sin? That's a question I'm asking myself this morning. It's true that we all sin.  Every day.  And because we sin so often, it can be really easy to be