1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. Unless the Lord Builds the House
    27 Nov, 2018
    Unless the Lord Builds the House
    Unless the LORD builds the house, those who build it labor in vain. Unless the LORD watches over the city, the watchman stays awake in vain.  Psalm 127:1   I'm convinced one of the major problems in the church today is sinful self-sufficiency. The attitudes of "I've got this!" and "I can do this on my own" are prevalent. An inflated sense of our own intelligence, wisdom, strength, and ingenuity runs ubiquitous through almost everything we do.  Relying on someone else seems weak and pitiful.
  5. Redeemed and Adopted Because of the Son of God
    16 Nov, 2018
    Redeemed and Adopted Because of the Son of God
    But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons.  Galatians 4:4 -5   Think of a really famous person. Maybe you're thinking of Oprah Winfrey.  Or Justin Bieber.   Or Tom Cruise.  Or Beyoncé. Whoever you're thinking of, what are the chances of that famous person coming to live in small town USA? Think of a town like Colerain, NC.  The estimated population of this
  6. The Gospel Vs. Conceit
    13 Nov, 2018
    The Gospel Vs. Conceit
    Let us not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another. Galatians 5:26  I think it's safe to say that most of us feel put off when see a conceited person. You know what I'm talking about. That person who is self-centered, egotistic, boastful, full of themselves. Like the person Carly Simon sings about . . .  "You're so vain, you probably think this song is about you." When people are conceited, it turns us off to them fairly quickly. And yet . . . We need to face the