The shopping mall is a dangerous place. You know that, right? And I'm not just talking about the potential thief in the parking lot or the danger of having someone steal your credit card information. I'm talking about something much worse. I'm talking about danger for our souls.
I think you'd be hard-pressed to find a word in the English language that is more overused and a concept that is more underused than "love."
Those of us who consider ourselves conservatives need to understand that conservatism to the Republican hierarchy is defined differently than we define it. And those who consider themselves Republicans because they still believe the party represents what it did at its inception or what it did under President Reagan must understand that's no longer the case.
What are you standing on?
When's the last time you've felt excited about giving an offering at church - I mean really excited? If you've been reading this column for the past month, you might remember that when I was in Nigeria, I wrote about how excited the Nigerians got about "offering time!" with the dancing and music accompanying the bringing of their gifts, spending at least an hour of their service giving their monetary offerings.
Last week, we looked at the story of Zacchaeus (Luke 19:1-10) and heard Jesus tell that sinful tax collector "Today, salvation has come to this house."
Change is inevitable. We change jobs, cars, houses, schools, eating habits, our clothes, and our minds. In fact, we are constantly changing. Even so, many of us resist change. In Colossians 3:1-11, Paul gives three positive points to begin to make much needed changes: Change your focus. Paul says, "Set your sights on heaven." In other words, "Look up." Today, many churches are so concerned about numbers that they focus on the membership roster rather ...
There are certain "todays" that matter more than others. In sports, in history, in government, the greatness of great men and women shines on the "todays" that matter. Same with us. There was the "today" that I promised to give and commit and sacrifice everything for my wife more than 13 years ago now. There was the "today" that I promised to uphold God's Word and its teachings in my public proclamation of them as ...
The Bible uses a bunch of stories to tell us why Jesus came. There's the one about the lowlife woman Jesus met at a well (John 4). Everyone said he shouldn't bother with obvious sinners like her. But he offered her living water-a new way of life, really, a new reason for life. Then there were those tax collectors everyone hated. No one wanted to hang out with them. But Jesus told Zacchaeus, "We're going ...
Water management is an ongoing challenge in Georgia. Severe droughts occur every 40 years or so, but the increase in population and industrialization has made matters worse. Recent court rulings require that we take serious measures to save water for our neighbors who live downstream. It reminds me of a Frederic Remington painting, "Fight for the Water Hole." It depicts a small group of cowboys defending a nearly empty water hole in the desert. They ...
1 Peter 3:15b-16 "And if someone asks about your Christian hope, always be ready to explain it. But do this in a gentle and respectful way. Keep your conscience clear. Then if people speak against you, they will be ashamed when they see what a good life you live because you belong to Christ."
Last week we wrestled with the question of how we know if our faith is strong. We empathized with those disciples on the road to Emmaus on Easter Sunday evening (Luke 24:13-35) shaken to their very core, doubting everything they thought they believed. But then Jesus came along and showed them who he was.
This year marks the 400th anniversary of King James of England authorizing the translation of the Bible commonly known as the King James Version. He commissioned six committees (42 men, no women) to come up with a common translation of the Bible that would be the standard text of the realm. Their work began in 1604 and was completed in 1611.
So how long did your Easter high last? Do you know what I'm talking about - that rush of spirituality that just seems to be in the air around Easter - with all the special music and the attention to religion given - even on TV? It all comes together to get the Christian's heart burning with excitement, with love, with joy and hope.
Every year, Easter is such a high, singing hymns celebrating the victory Jesus has won for us. I pray you had a chance to get to church and enjoy the excitement of joining with others celebrating the gift of life we've been given.
I am Sue's husband. I am David's father, and Dorothy's son. I am Allen Memorial's pastor and Dan's friend.
Last week, we noticed the difference between the soldiers (Jesus' enemies) and the women (Jesus' friends) at the tomb that first Easter Sunday morning. The soldiers fainted in fear. The women listened to God's word and found joy. Here's Matthew 28:5: "Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay."
I remember a tree house that my older brother and his friends once built overlooking the creek near our elementary school.
A great sigh of relief swept through our nation on Sunday night as President Barack Obama announced that Osama bin Laden had been found and killed in a covert military raid.
Franklin Delano Roosevelt said that "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself." Yeah right. Try telling that to the man being mauled by a bear, or the woman about to be hit by a car, or anyone facing a life-threatening danger. Just telling them they don't have to fear it doesn't quite do the job.