1. Wanting to Grow in Gratitude?
    09 Nov, 2018
    Wanting to Grow in Gratitude?
    We give thanks to you, O God; we give thanks, for your name is near. We recount your wondrous deeds.  Psalm 75:1   For some us, and I am definitely including myself when I say "us", being thankful isn't as prominent in our lives as it could be. I once read an article that expressed what may be ailing us.  I thought it summed up several things really well. The article mentioned several attitudes that are inimical to gratitude:   The "never enough" attitude. The "I deserve it" attitude. The
  2. Itching Ear Syndrome
    24 Oct, 2018
    Itching Ear Syndrome
    For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths.  2 Timothy 4:3-4 Recently, I've been thinking about how the itching ears syndrome is really running rampant among us. If we have itching ears, we want to hear a certain type of message from others.  One that suits our own passions . . . even if that message
  3. Sin is Deceitful
    27 Sep, 2018
    Sin is Deceitful
    But exhort one another every day, as long as it is called "today," that none of you may be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin.  Hebrews 3:13 Sin is deceitful. I can't emphasize that point enough. I honestly don't think we realize just how deceitful sin really is. After all, no one wants to be deceived, and yet we allow ourselves to be deceived by sin all the time. Think about it. Sin always promises what it cannot deliver.  Sin promises something good, but in the end the result is
  4. Watch Out
    07 Sep, 2018
    Watch Out
    I appeal to you, brothers, to watch out for those who cause divisions and create obstacles contrary to the doctrine that you have been taught; avoid them.  For such persons do not serve our Lord Christ, but their own appetites, and by smooth talk and flattery they deceive the hearts of the naive.  Romans 16:17-18 As followers of Christ, we are called to love others the way we have been loved by our God. I hope every single one of us understands that truth. If not, we need to go back to the
  5. What's the Real Point of David and Goliath?
    29 Aug, 2018
    What's the Real Point of David and Goliath?
    Then David said to the Philistine, "You come to me with a sword and with a spear and with a javelin, but I come to you in the name of the LORD of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied.  This day the LORD will deliver you into my hand, and I will strike you down and cut off your head. And I will give the dead bodies of the host of the Philistines this day to the birds of the air and to the wild beasts of the earth, that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel,
  6. Jesus and the Truth
    27 Aug, 2018
    Jesus and the Truth
    So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed him, "If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free." John 8:31-32 The truth is out there. Truth is stranger than fiction. The truth is rarely pure and never simple. Children and fools tell the truth. If you tell the truth, you don't have to remember anything. There's a kernel of truth in that. We need to sniff out the truth. I swear to tell the truth, the whole truth, and