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.
Ten years ago, I was installed as the pastor of Abiding Grace. Now, it doesn't seem like it was that long ago, but I guess the calendar doesn't lie. So, when we come to milestones like this, it makes sense to think again about what we're doing and to ask if it is what we hoped for. Is this working out?
Lamentations 3:22-24 (Common English Bible) "Certainly the faithful love of the Lord hasn't ended; certainly God's compassion isn't through! They are renewed every morning. Great is your faithfulness. I think: The Lord is my portion! Therefore, I'll wait for him.'' Have you ever wished you had a time machine? Sometimes when we say the wrong thing or make a not-so-wise choice, we wish we could go back in time to the point just before our ...
Psalm 119:55-56 (English Standard Version): I remember your name in the night, O Lord, and keep your law. This blessing has fallen to me, that I have kept your precepts.
Just a Thought: Is there any clear Biblical teaching on faith healing? Yes. Not faith healers, but faith healing or divine healing that comes from God alone and at his will. James tells us exactly what to do in James 5:13-16. He says take these steps: 1.(v.13) If you're sick, let someone know (call the leaders of the church) and ask them to pray for you. 2. (v. 14) Use the best medical treatment available, ...
Wisdom…sounds good doesn't it? You want to be wise, don't you? So how do you get there?
Crucifixion. Stabbing. Stoning. Flaying. Beheading. I'm describing the ways the original apostles of Jesus died. They died because they would not budge from their conviction on the truth of Jesus' resurrection, the power of His message, the value of their relationship with him. They were so certain of their eternity that they willingly faced death, the most gruesome of deaths, instead of denying it. Would you like to be that sure? Now, I'm not asking ...
O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever. Let the redeemed of the Lord say so, those he redeemed from trouble and gathered in from the lands, from the east and from the west, from the north and from the south.
As Americans, we tend to believe we have the right to do whatever we want, so long as it doesn't interfere with the rights of others.
When Christopher Columbus wanted to sail around the world, people scoffed at him. They believed the world was flat and going too close to the edge would cause them to fall off. It sounds crazy today with all of our modern-day technology and knowledge, but it was a real fear to people who lacked the knowledge that we have today. I find a similar fear in Christians who don't get the Holy Spirit. He is ...
I'm sure about this: the one who started a good work in you will stay with you to complete the job by the day of Christ Jesus.
It's the kind of person who can do anything, right? Maybe it was Dad when you were 3 years old. He could fix anything and build anything, and it seemed like he was the fastest and strongest and smartest person in the world. He was your hero. Then, as we grow, some athletes pick up that mantle, and we fill our walls with their pictures and talk to our friends about how awesome they are. ...
Jesus said, "I assure you that if you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you could say to this mountain, 'Go from here to there,' and it will go. There will be nothing that you can't do."
When Pat Cavanaugh asked me to write a column about Salem Camp Meeting, I should have said that it would be easier to write a book than a column about this place which means so much to me.
Has God given you his best and you missed it? Well, if you have not acknowledged what and who God has given you in the Holy Spirit, this may be true. This is what Jesus was telling the disciples when he said: "Nevertheless I tell you the truth. It is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the helper will not come to you; but if I depart, ...
I will lift you up high, my God, the true king. I will bless your name forever and always. I will bless you every day. I will praise your name forever and always.