1. What Was Meant For Evil, God Uses For Good
    12 Nov, 2018
    What Was Meant For Evil, God Uses For Good
    As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good, to bring it about that many people should be kept alive, as they are today.  Genesis 50:20   My kids and I have recently watched a show that reveals how certain magic tricks are done. We watched with great fascination at the secrets behind famous magic tricks . . . like putting a person in a box, supposedly sawing that person in half, and then showing how the person is actually safe and unharmed. Before the big reveal
  2. Life is Mysterious and Complex
    05 Nov, 2018
    Life is Mysterious and Complex
    As you do not know the way the spirit comes to the bones in the womb of a woman with child, so you do not know the work of God who makes everything.  In the morning sow your seed, and at evening withhold not your hand, for you do not know which will prosper, this or that, or whether both alike will be good.  Ecclesiastes 11:5-6  Life is complex and mysterious. Anyone who tells you otherwise is either naive or trying to sell you a bill of goods. We so want life to be black and white.  We want
  3. God's Word Accomplishes
    09 Jul, 2018
    God's Word Accomplishes
    For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven and do not return there but water the earth, making it bring forth and sprout, giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater, so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it.  Isaiah 55:10-11 Yesterday, I mentioned this passage before I read the Scripture for the sermon.  I said that there are times when if it
  4. In Control?
    24 May, 2018
    In Control?
    And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life?  If then you are not able to do as small a thing as that, why are you anxious about the rest? Luke 12:25-26 Every so often I have a recurring nightmare.  This nightmare began back when I was a public school teacher.  And even though I’ve been out of the public school system for a long time now, I still occasionally have this same dream.  The details are not always the same, but the main gist goes like this: I’m
  5. Eagles, God's Sovereignty, and Trust
    05 Feb, 2018
    Eagles, God's Sovereignty, and Trust
    Is it at your command that the eagle mounts up and makes his nest on high?  On the rock he dwells and makes his home, on the rocky crag and stronghold.  From there he spies out the prey; his eyes behold it from far away.  His young ones suck up blood, and where the slain are, there is he. Job 39:27-30 I'm not a fan of the Philadelphia Eagles, per se, but I was glad to see them win their first Super Bowl last night. I also have to admit, I was happy to see the Patriots lose.  Five Super Bowl
  6. Esther and the Gospel
    05 Dec, 2017
    Esther and the Gospel
    For if you keep silent at this time, relief and deliverance will rise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father's house will perish. And who knows whether you have not come to the kingdom for such a time as this? Esther 4:14 If you're not familiar with the Biblical account of Esther, you're really missing something extraordinary! Basically, the Book of Esther is about a young, orphaned, Jewish lady raised by her uncle, Mordecai.  Through a series of strange events she becomes a