July 31, 2020 · 4:31 am
Today’s list is adapted from LeRoy Brownlow’s, A Psalm in My Heart, based on Psalm 18.
Click here to read Psalm 18, where David used seven tributes to describe and praise God.
If you’ve missed this 13-week series, click here to access the first three lists. Continue reading →
July 30, 2020 · 4:30 am
Rick Warren is fond of saying, “You are not just called to believe, but to belong.”
While I disagree with some of Warren’s theology, he was right when he wrote in The Purpose Driven Life ,“We are created for community, fashioned for fellowship and formed for a family.”
However, during these COVID-19 days, our community is disconnected. Our fellowship is somewhat fractured. And our families, both physical and spiritual, have become detached, disjointed, and disassociated. Continue reading →
July 29, 2020 · 4:28 am
Ray Stedman, in his book Authentic Christianity, tells a story about a man who was an alcoholic but accepted Christ and became a believer,
A friend who heard of his conversion questioned him about how he could believe all that “nonsense” in the Bible about miracles. “You don’t believe that Jesus changed the water into wine, do you?” Continue reading →
July 28, 2020 · 4:28 am
Recently one of our readers suggested that I write something about our stewardship during the COVID-19 crisis.
No doubt many of our readers, if not all to some degree, have been affected financially by the pandemic. Some have been laid off. Others lost jobs. Everyone’s retirement portfolios have shrunk a bit, if not a lot. Add to that, churches have not been meeting. So collections have not been taken. Continue reading →
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July 27, 2020 · 4:27 am
Tim Hansel, in his book Holy Sweat, relates the remarkable story of Clarence Jordan, “a man of unusual abilities and commitment.”
Jordan earned two Ph.D.s, one in agriculture and the other in Biblical languages. His talent and skill could have been used for many profitable pursuits, but he and his wife, Florence, decided to help poor people in rural Georgia–both black and white. So, in 1942 they founded Koinonia Farm in Americus, GA. Continue reading →
July 26, 2020 · 4:26 am
Today is Sunday. It’s the day Christians meet to honor Jesus.
We take communion and remember “the crucified Christ.” Prior to partaking a song will be sung that is often cross-centered. Someone will read a passage about Jesus’ death, or the institution of the Lord’s Supper. Remarks will be made that remind us that the bread represents His body, and the fruit of the vine His blood. Continue reading →
July 25, 2020 · 4:25 am
With the Canadian border still closed and travel to England cancelled, Norma Jean and I have been enjoying seeing the sights in Colorado this week. And reconnecting with friends of bygone days. While the events of the past three months are not what we planned, we’ve adapted the old adage, “when life gives you lemons, make lemonade.”
But the time has come to leave the majestic mountains and journey east. Continue reading →
July 24, 2020 · 4:24 am
Today’s list is adapted from the writings of author John Van Diest. It’s short. To the point. And hopefully will provide future food for thought. And application.
How to Apply Scripture to Your Life Continue reading →
July 23, 2020 · 4:23 am
The story is told that during the Ronald Regan presidency, Secretary of State, George Shultz, kept a large globe in his office. When newly appointed ambassadors had an interview with him he would test them by spinning the globe and ask them to put their finger on the country they were going to.
It’s said that when his friend, Mike Mansfield, former Senate majority leader, was appointed as ambassador to Japan, Shultz even tested him. However, Mansfield spun the globe and put his hand on the United States and said, “This is my country.” Continue reading →
July 22, 2020 · 4:22 am
Matthew 3 is an extraordinary chapter. Following 400 years of prophetic silence, God sent a man named John to stir the hearts of his people and point them to the promised Messiah.
Matthew’s narrative concerning the coming of Christ, the work of His forerunner, John the Baptist, and the state of the religious leaders, remind us how relevant the Word is to our culture and needs. Continue reading →