1. Our Bright Future
    02 Jan, 2018
    Our Bright Future
    Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, who by God's power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.  1 Peter 1:3 I was reminded today of Timbuk3's 1986 hit, "The Future's So Bright, I Gotta Wear Shades."  The
  2. 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
  3. Rapture or Resurrection?
    02 Sep, 2016
    Rapture or Resurrection?
    For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a cry of command, with the voice of an archangel, and with the sound of the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we will always be with the Lord. 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17 This post will be somewhat controversial for some readers.  I don't want to be controversial . . . but I do want to be faithful to
  4. The Dead in Christ Shall Rise
    31 Aug, 2016
    The Dead in Christ Shall Rise
    For this we declare to you by a word from the Lord, that we who are alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will not precede those who have fallen asleep. 1 Thessalonians 4:15 Most of us want to be first. That's just the way we are. If there is something good being given out, we would rather be first in line than last in line. Yet Jesus tells us that the first shall be last and the last shall be first (Matthew 20:16).   This statement from Jesus tells us there is a huge need for
  5. The Hope of Resurrection
    30 Aug, 2016
    The Hope of Resurrection
    For since we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so, through Jesus, God will bring with him those who have fallen asleep.  1 Thessalonians 4:14 I've gone to a lot of funerals over the years.  I often hear things said before, during, and after those services that concern me.  I won't go into a litany of unsettling things said at funerals, but I would like to share one . . . Well, actually . . . it's more what's not said than what is said. I often hear people say something like, "Our
  6. Not Unclothed, but Further Clothed
    04 Apr, 2016
    Not Unclothed, but Further Clothed
    For we know that if the tent, which is our earthly home, is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.  For in this tent we groan, longing to put on our heavenly dwelling, if indeed by putting it on we may not be found naked.  For while we are still in this tent, we groan, being burdened--not that we would be unclothed, but that we would be further clothed, so that what is mortal may be swallowed up by life.  He who has prepared us for this very