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. Love is Vulnerable
    12 Dec, 2018
    Love is Vulnerable
    Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God.  1 John 4:7    I think it's safe to say that Christians know we are called to love one another.  The Bible is very clear on that. We also know that love is from God.   But what love entails is sometimes a bit fuzzy to us. 1 Corinthians 13 gives us some parameters . . .   Love is patient and kind.  It does not envy or boast.  It is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. Perfection?
    04 Sep, 2018
    Perfection?
    You therefore must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect. Matthew 5:48  Anyone who knows me well knows that I have a bit of a perfectionistic streak. David Burns explains perfectionism this way . . . You believe you should always try to be perfect.  Whenever you fail or fall short of a goal, you beat up on yourself relentlessly and tell yourself that you're not as good as you should be . . . You think you have to impress everyone with your talent or accomplishments to get them to
  6. John 3:16
    09 Aug, 2018
    John 3:16
    For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.  John 3:16   John 3:16 is probably one of the most famous verses in the Bible. It's easy to see why. This verse tells us about God's love for the world, not just one type of people. We hear about how God is a giving God . . . a God who would give his own Son for the good of people all over the world. We see the promise that whoever believes in Jesus, God's only Son,