1. Right in Our Own Eyes?
    07 May, 2018
    Right in Our Own Eyes?
    Every way of a man is right in his own eyes, but the LORD weighs the heart.  Proverbs 21:2  Do you think you're right? You may think that's a silly question.  And to a certain extent, it is. Of course you think you're right in what you say, or what you think, or what you do!   We all do! But thinking we are right and being right can be two very distinct things. What I say, do, and think may be right in my own eyes, but is it right according to the God who defines what is right? This truth
  2. Being Opposed by God
    01 May, 2018
    Being Opposed by God
    But he gives more grace. Therefore it says, "God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble."  James 4:6  If I'm completely honest, I don't like it when someone opposes me. When I'm trying to do something and another person resists my efforts in some way, it makes me feel uncomfortable on all kinds of levels.  You all probably feel the same way. It doesn't feel so good when someone protests against us.  And it really shouldn't feel good! Think about it . . . There are times when
  3. Your Calling
    19 Feb, 2018
    Your Calling
    I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.  Ephesians 4:1-3 Have you ever heard a person talk about their job as their calling? When we hear someone say this, it's usually because the person has a strong passion to do something particular.  The person may also tie that
  4. Receiving Correction
    13 Oct, 2017
    Receiving Correction
    Better is open rebuke than hidden love.  Faithful are the wounds of a friend; profuse are the kisses of an enemy. Proverbs 27:5-6     A few years ago I was talking with a friend about a movie I had seen that starred Alan Rickman.  My friend told me Alan Rickman was not in the movie I claimed he was in.  I knew my friend was wrong.  I was absolutely certain of it.  So we looked it up online. And sure enough, my friend had to look me straight in the face and admit that I was wrong. That’s
  5. Deny Yourself, Take Up Your Cross, Follow Jesus
    28 Aug, 2017
    Deny Yourself, Take Up Your Cross, Follow Jesus
    And he said to all, "If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me." Luke 9:23 Recently, I heard a pastor say that he hates it when he hears other pastors proclaim, "All you have to do is believe."  This pastor said that statement is well-meaning, but it cheapens the life of discipleship Jesus calls us to. While I may not be quite as critical of those kinds of statements as he is, I hear what he is saying. We should always remember that faith
  6. Blessed are the Poor in Spirit
    03 Aug, 2017
    Blessed are the Poor in Spirit
    Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Matthew 5:3 All my life I've heard the message of how important self-confidence and self-esteem are for our wellbeing. The mantra of "believe in yourself" is like a drumbeat that never seems to cease. The persistent call goes out to give ourselves daily affirmations of how "we're good enough, we're smart enough, and doggone it, people like us."  We get the message loud and clear that if we simply think we ARE good enough,