Monday, 05 December 2016 08:02

Work to Build, Prepare to Defend

Much of life is about rebuilding. This is obvious the older you get. Once you are past forty something you start to realize that there is more sand at the bottom of your hourglass than there is at the top. When you are young you are trying to build your life. After middle age, you start trying to rebuild the walls that have fallen down from neglect. They may be walls of physical health, finances, family relationships, or your own spiritual walk with Christ. But those areas are going to require work and diligence to repair.

Monday, 07 November 2016 07:54

God's Fingerprints

God’s fingerprints are everywhere, especially in the world of nature. This point came back to me as I watched a documentary about the migration of barn swallows from Africa to Europe and back.

Wednesday, 05 October 2016 12:34

Aliens and Strangers

In the Book of Exodus there are dozens of commandments. One that catches my attention is Exodus 22:21, “Do not mistreat an alien or oppress him for you were aliens in Egypt” (NIV).

Thursday, 01 September 2016 07:46

Convicted Both Ways

When we accept Christ, our lives change. For some, this change is in stages over time. For others it is literally overnight. So, some folks can pinpoint the date they were saved and others cannot.

Monday, 08 August 2016 13:03

The Buddy System

Last September I sat under a large oak tree and read a book. I usually find it relax- ing to get out in nature. I did not know that a life-and-death struggle was about to unfold in the limbs above my head. The leaves were falling, the birds were chirping, and suddenly a hawk swooped down onto a dove.

Friday, 01 July 2016 08:04

The Lone Ranger Is Not Real

One of the first hit TV shows in the early 1950s was a western called “The Lone Ranger.” The premise of this series was that there was only one survivor after a patrol of six Texas Rangers was massacred. But no one knew that man was still alive. Badly wounded, this “lone Ranger” was nursed back to health by an Indian named Tonto, who became his companion.

Wednesday, 15 June 2016 09:56

A New Season of Faith

I saw a striking photo the other day. It showed the Schonberg Castle on the crest of a hill overlooking the Rhine River in Germany. The castle was built of stone more than eight centuries ago and bears the destruction of many wars. But in the middle of that yellow stone fortress is a red brick building about six stories tall. It sports rows of archway windows with dormers cut into the roof.

Tuesday, 05 April 2016 05:45

Two Families

Jesus had two families. So have we.

Thursday, 03 March 2016 08:08

The Word in the Movie

I saw a movie recently that illustrates two chapters of the Bible as well as anything I have ever seen. The chapters are Ephesians 5 and 6 and the movie is War Room. This movie is not to be regarded as Scripture, by any means, but it acts out a major foundation of truth found in Scripture. Family strife is spiritual strife. Family harmony is the conquering work of the Holy Spirit. Intercession through prayer is the key to the battle.

Wednesday, 10 February 2016 07:51

The Tiger and the Goat

In November 2015 in a safari park in southeast Russia, the zookeepers threw a goat in the pen of a Siberian tiger for the tiger to hunt and eat. But the goat showed no fear of the big cat.  In fact, he chased him out of his enclosure and took over his bed. The tiger, unbothered, moved to the roof. He did not consider the goat his prey. The zoo employees were stunned. Nothing like this had happened before. Within days the goat, named Timur, and the tiger, named Amur, became close friends.

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