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.

Thursday, 31 December 2015 17:44

Forgiveness, the Healing Power

The Lord is real keen on forgiveness. And, if you continue seeking God, He will speak to you about forgiving others. He may even choose to speak through you. 

Wednesday, 02 December 2015 13:47

The Knock at the Door

In June of 1969 four coeds at Ohio State decided to pool their resources and sublease a duplex. The girls, unaccustomed to real estate transactions, gave one of the tenants moving out the money to cover the first month’s rent, without getting a receipt.

Sunday, 08 November 2015 20:39

The Unseen Hand

Sometimes God speaks to us through the unusual happenings in nature. We may not, like Moses, see an unconsumed burning bush, but there are natural events that startle us and capture our attention.

I recently witnessed one of those as a leaf suspended in air.

Tuesday, 06 October 2015 14:03

The Bridge to God

In the mid-15th century the armies of the emperor Tupac Inca swept down the western coast of South America conquering tribe after tribe. His empire would rival the Roman Empire in length and size. One of his greatest obstacles was the Apurimac River. This river splits two mountain ranges for hundreds of miles. In some places the mountains are four miles high and the gorges are a mile deep.

To conquer this land his armies had to crisscross the mountains and ravines. They needed bridges. But there were no trees for lumber and no metal for girders. At every place he needed a bridge, the emperor had hundreds of villagers harvest long grass, beat it flat, and twist it into cords the width of a finger. The cords were twisted into ropes and the ropes into cables as thick as a man’s thigh. The cables formed the ribs of the floor and the hand rails of massive suspension bridges, while ropes and cords connected the cables. Bush branches were plaited to create the floor.  When finished, these suspension bridges would accommodate dozens of men and llamas. But the bridges were always temporary.

Tuesday, 08 September 2015 07:25

Whose Money Is It, Anyway?

Not long ago two friends of mine debated whether or not a Christian owns the money in his bank account. One said, yes, the money was a gift from God and it was his to choose how to spend it. The other said, no, the money was God’s and a Christian was only the steward of those funds. They agreed to disagree.

Obviously, this was a spiritual, not legal, debate. But it brought to mind a lesson from Jesus’ famous parable, The Prodigal Son. Look at how the two sons viewed their father’s property in Luke 15:11-32.

“Jesus continued: There was a man who had two sons. The younger one said to his father, ‘Father, give me my share of the estate.’ So he divided his property between them.”

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