1. Joy and Trials
    06 Mar, 2018
    Joy and Trials
    Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness.  And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. James 1:2-4   I remember this time I was talking with a lady whose daughter had been diagnosed with an incurable disease.  Tears were in her eyes as she spoke.  I could see the pain on her face.  This situation was obviously wearing on her. I said, "I'm
  2. Rejoice and Be Glad! . . . in Persecution?
    15 Dec, 2017
    Rejoice and Be Glad! . . . in Persecution?
    Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness' sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.  Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you. Matthew 5:10-12 At this time of year we hear a lot about rejoicing, but we don't usually hear a lot about persecution. Yet in the passage above, Jesus connects
  3. Joy and Peace
    01 Dec, 2017
    Joy and Peace
    May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.  Romans 15:13 During the month of December we will hear lots of talk about “joy” and “peace.”  While this may be a nice change of pace from what is talked about the rest of the year, we often find that the joy and peace spoken of in December is divorced from the true source.  We somehow think we can manufacture peace and joy during the Christmas season by singing
  4. The Joy and Treasure of the Kingdom
    22 Feb, 2017
    The Joy and Treasure of the Kingdom
    "The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and covered up. Then in his joy he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field." Matthew 13:44 This week I had a pleasant surprise.  Katelyn, my youngest daughter, asked me if I had any soothing music she could listen to at night.  So we looked through my old CD's to find something soothing for her to listen to. While we were searching for soothing tuneage, I came across some CD's I hadn't seen in years . . .
  5. Rejoicing in Jesus When Life Stinks
    08 Feb, 2016
    Rejoicing in Jesus When Life Stinks
    ​Though the fig tree should not blossom, nor fruit be on the vines, the produce of the olive fail and the fields yield no food, the flock be cut off from the fold and there be no herd in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the LORD; I will take joy in the God of my salvation.  Habakkuk 3:17-18 Yesterday was not a great day for fans of the Carolina Panthers.  The Panthers were unable to defeat the Denver Broncos in the Super Bowl which left many people disappointed.  The Charlotte Observer, for