I have been troubled of late by hearing so many Christians posting on social media stories of how they are comforted by the spirits of deceased loved ones and also by statements and sweet comforting poetry that their deceased loved ones are now angels in heaven. While I respect their sorrow and understand the heavy burden… Read More O Death, Where Is Thy Sting?
Whenever the topic of sin is mentioned, the accusatory statement, even from Christians who should know better, is whipped out of the mouth with the speed of Wyatt Earp’s six-shooter, “JUDGE NOT”! And whenever a scripture is mentioned in a discussion, the audible gasps of horror are usually followed by the accusation of being a “legalist.” Must be the… Read More Judge Not
This world is writhing in the birth pains that Jesus told us so much about in the 24th chapter of the Gospel of Matthew. The nations are rocked almost daily by devastating earthquakes or other natural disasters that take lives, destroy homes and entire cities, separate families in death and shock the people to their very core. Venezuela is… Read More For Such A Time As This
Last week I had a brief conversation with a precious friend as we passed each other in the drugstore. I asked how she was doing and her reply was, “I’m tired. I’m just so tired.” She is tired. She is carrying a heavy burden and her exhaustion is evident. But her remark wasn’t in reference… Read More Before the Roses Bloom Again
“Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go.” Joshua 1:7 These were God’s words to Joshua when he was placed in the leadership position over the… Read More Damaged Goods
The great Apostle Paul had very little tolerance for foolishness in regards to spiritual business. He especially disdained foolish women with their nonstop yammering about things of which they were ignorant. So often, Paul is portrayed as a misogynistic woman-hater because of his strong words toward some women. Note that I said “SOME” women. In my humble… Read More Silly Women
I will therefore that men pray every where, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting. 1 Timothy 2:8 I was raised in a Pentecostal church and if you know anything about Pentecostals, they are hand raising, Jesus praising people. Both sides of my family are Pentecostal and growing up in a culture of raising hands in the church… Read More Lifting Up Holy Hands
Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another as God in Christ forgave you. Ephesians 4:31-32 Recently I felt that I was accused of being in a church “clique.” Whether the remark was meant for… Read More The Jesus Clique
When I was a kid, my whole family went to my grandmother’s house to watch the Wizard of Oz because she had a color television and the rest of us had black and white. (Seriously, I am that OLD!) It was such a big deal for the whole family to gather in front of the television with… Read More Follow the Yellow Brick Road
Confess! You read the title of today’s post in the voice of Arnold Schwarzenegger from the movie The Terminator, didn’t you? In your mind, you saw the cyborg, complete with dark sunglasses and rock-hard jaw mouth the words without any emotion. He uttered a simple three-word statement and you knew for an absolute fact that he would, indeed,… Read More I’ll Be Back
Although the fig tree shall not blossom, neither shall fruit be in the vines; the labour of the olive shall fail, and the fields shall yield no meat; the flock shall be cut off from the fold, and there shall be no herd in the stall: Yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will… Read More When the Fig Tree Does Not Blossom
I have been sick, very sick. I’ve just come through a bout of pneumonia and during a coughing episode I pulled a muscle in my back so severely that I landed in the emergency room and have endured ten days of the worst pain I’ve ever had in my life. A lot of good people have been praying for… Read More In Jesus’ Name
Here in America, we have just finished the most divisive, vitriolic and antagonistic presidential election of my lifetime. Families quarreled and friendships ended. There was no middle ground of agreement. Each side and their supporters hurled repulsive accusations at each other, violence and anger was encouraged and the hateful rhetoric continues on social media on this day after… Read More What Now?
You brood of vipers, how can you who are evil say anything good? For out of the overflow of the heart, the mouth speaks.” Matthew 12:34 A seductive, lying spirit was the cause of Eve’s sin in the garden. She believed the false words from the serpent’s mouth rather than the words of truth from… Read More Brood of Vipers
In the church where I grew up, the song “When We All Get to Heaven” was one of our standards that we sang so often that no one needed a hymn book, we all knew the words by heart. Everyone, young and old, would sing with glorious gusto, clapping our hands in worship and praise to the Lord. I am… Read More What a Day of Rejoicing That Will Be!
I woke up in the wee hours this morning and as I stood looking out at the early morning darkness with my coffee, I starting thinking about heaven and this song began playing in my head. What does heaven mean to you, my friends? Reuniting with loved ones who have gone before is something that we all… Read More Just What Heaven Means to Me
Be strong and courageous, be not afraid nor dismayed for the king of Assyria, nor for all the multitude that is with him: for there be more with us than with him: with him is an arm of flesh; but with us is the Lord our God to help us, and to fight our battles.… Read More We Need a Hezekiah
But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called “Today,” so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness. Hebrews 3:13 This is a jealous world and the ugly spirit of jealousy is strong and active in the Church and among God’s people today. We don’t like to admit it but… Read More Encourage One Another
“Go to now, ye that say Today or tomorrow we will go into such a city, continue there for a year, and buy and sell, and get gain: Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. What is your life? It is even a vapor that appeareth for a little time, and then… Read More Sweet Beulah Land
As He sat on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to Him privately, saying, “Tell us, when will these things be, and what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?” Matthew 24:3 (ESV) As the disciples sat with Jesus upon the Mount of Olives overlooking the Holy City… Read More What Shall Be the Sign?