1. Thinking We're Right When We May Be Wrong
    17 Sep, 2018
    Thinking We're Right When We May Be Wrong
    The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, but a wise man listens to advice.  Proverbs 12:15  Have you ever noticed that none of us think we are wrong when it comes to what we believe? I've yet to meet someone who says, "This is what I think, but I know I'm wrong". No, we all think we are right in the way we think and in what we believe. The problem is . . . everyone can't be right when there are so many different views and beliefs. And so, according to the proverb above, the way of
  2. Humility or Pride?
    05 Sep, 2018
    Humility or Pride?
    One's pride will bring him low, but he who is lowly in spirit will obtain honor.  Proverbs 29:23  There are many aspects of the Christian faith that seem counter-intuitive. For example . . . We tend to think we must perform well to be accepted.  The good news of God is that we are accepted in Christ even though our performance fell far short. We tend to think we must earn our way.  The gospel of Jesus tells us that we cannot earn salvation.  It is a gift of God received by faith. We tend
  3. More Sinful Than We Think
    29 May, 2018
    More Sinful Than We Think
    Who can say, "I have made my heart pure; I am clean from my sin"?  Proverbs 20:9  What I'm about to say is going to sound like a real downer, but it's important fact to understand. Sin affects everything we do. Actions.  Words.  Thoughts.  Feelings. You name it.  Sin is there. Even the best of what we do is tainted in some way by sin. As the Westminster Confession of Faith says, even our good works "are defiled and mixed with so much weakness and imperfection that they cannot endure the
  4. 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
  5. A Good Word for an Anxious, Weighed Down Heart
    20 Mar, 2018
    A Good Word for an Anxious, Weighed Down Heart
    Anxiety in a man's heart weighs him down, but a good word makes him glad.  Proverbs 12:25  Has your heart ever been weighed down with anxiety? I know mine has. In fact, I'm dealing with that weighed down anxious feeling today. Maybe you are too. There are all kinds of things one can do to help soothe an anxious heart.   Take deep breaths. Exercise. Get enough rest. Limit caffeine. These things can help, for sure. But what if your heart is not just anxious, but weighed down by
  6. Trusting in the Lord or in Ourselves?
    13 Mar, 2018
    Trusting in the Lord or in Ourselves?
    Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.   Proverbs 3:5  "Believe in yourself." "Follow your heart." "You've had what you needed inside you all along." These are phrases we hear a good bit these days.   They sound positive and uplifting. But are they good, sound advice? I would say a big, fat "NO!" to that question.  Not because I'm trying to be contrary, but because I believe in the Scriptures more than I believe in myself. And the Scriptures