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Talking to Your Children About the California Fires

Posted on November 14th, 2018 · Posted in Current Events, Gospel

It would not be surprising for your children to ask, “Why is God allowing these terrible fires to hurt so many people and destroy their homes?” You may even be asking yourself that same question!  Here are three possible attempts to understand these catastrophic fires ravaging California and God’s involvement in them. 1. The Fires are random circumstance The first way is to attribute the fires to a random collection of circumstances that sparked these fires and led to the awful results. In this construct, God had nothing to do.. read more

Today an Election – Tomorrow Thanksgiving!

Posted on November 6th, 2018 · Posted in Current Events

Today the fast and furious chaotic mess of the midterm will be over.  Many think these midterms are the most important in American political history. So, there is much uncertainty and turmoil about which party will win control of the legislature. But tomorrow, the efforts of man to influence election results will be over, at least for the next 24 hours!  However, despite all of the human uncertainties God, will continue to exercise his dominion over the political arena. This means that nothing will happen today that will stop the.. read more

A plea for mercy

Posted on September 12th, 2018 · Posted in Current Events, Worldview

Florence is headed for the Carolina coast. The projections for the storm’s impact are increasingly dire. The track is not the “typical one” for hurricanes striking land. The storm is predicted so stall near the coast and then after a day or two slowly move across the state of South Carolina. The potential damage is catastrophic.   Are the movements of Florence random? Is her track simply an unfortunate convergence of high and low pressure systems? Are the Carolina’s at the mercy of fate?  The Bible says that nothing is.. read more

What does it mean to be safe on September 10th?

Posted on September 10th, 2018 · Posted in Current Events, Worldview

Safety is an illusive pursuit. It is possible to purchase elaborate safety features for a new car and still be involved in an accident due to poor driving. Or one could have an excellent plan for physical health with proper diet and exercise and then become sick contracting a contagious disease. Laws can be passed that attempt to  make us safe. But these laws will not protect against the evil of the human heart. Tomorrow is the 17th anniversary of 9/11, a chilling reminder of darkness of the heart. The.. read more

Prayer or silence

Posted on June 6th, 2018 · Posted in Current Events, Worldview

Each year I repost the prayer President Franklin Roosevelt made for the success of the D Day invasion on June 6, 1944. President Roosevelt did not speak of many Gods or many faiths or many religions.  He did not sheepishly lead the nation in a moment of silence, afraid that he might offend someone.  Roosevelt knew that the fate of global civilization hung in the balance as tens of thousands of young soldiers stormed the beaches of France. If the invasion failed, there was no plan reliable B. So Roosevelt.. read more

Violence and the heart of darkness

Posted on March 25th, 2018 · Posted in Culture, Current Events, Worldview

Today hundreds of thousands of students across the globe are protesting gun violence. The motivation behind these protests is understandable and compelling. There is a growing, realistic fear that their school could be the next target. To date, despite impassioned political rhetoric, there is no appearance of protection for our students. So in this sense the need for action and protest seems clear and obvious. It is more than unsettling to walk out the door to go to school, wondering if you may never come back home again. The deeper.. read more

Why?

Posted on November 8th, 2017 · Posted in Current Events, World View

A Texas church, a New York park, a Las Vegas concert… These should be safe places, but they were not. Why? The Holy Spirit authored Scripture knowing exactly what fears you would face in this life. The face of terror is ugly and unnerving. Cafes, concerts, sporting events and church are common gatherings that have provided places of safety and refuge. But as the terror of the dark human heart is revealed before our eyes, the reality is that there is no place apart from God where anyone is truly.. read more

Mercy for the broken

Posted on October 2nd, 2017 · Posted in Current Events, Prayer, Toddlers

Morning brought heavy hearts in America this Monday. At least 50 are dead and hundreds are wounded in Las Vegas and the numbers are still climbing. One man planned to destroy as many human lives as possible. As a country we are overwhelmed with grief, with anger, with sadness. And, once again the haunting question returns: Why? It will take days and weeks for the authorities to begin to give the immediate answers. But ultimately these reasons will not satisfy or heal the vulnerability of our hearts. Just knowing that.. read more

A man and his dream

Posted on September 30th, 2017 · Posted in Culture, Current Events, Marriage, World View

In 1953 Hugh Hefner published the first issue of a magazine that would become an American icon. The magazine became symbolic of a nation in pursuit of pleasure, the objectification of women, and moving beyond biblical morality. Hefner framed his views with a long-running series of articles that attempted to show the tyranny of biblical morality and historic Christian theologians like John Calvin. He wanted to see the Bible thrashed and tossed aside. Hefner’s “philosophical” views were a thin veneer that covered his own fantasy that women served no higher.. read more

Will there be a 9/12?

Posted on September 11th, 2017 · Posted in Current Events

Today is the anniversary of 9/11. Sixteen years ago, the word terror took on a new, fresh meaning, indeed a terrifying meaning. It was the formal beginning of a war and a new way of life which shows no signs of ending any time soon. This war is fought by targeting children, shoppers, office workers, airplane passengers, and folks simply wanting to go for a walk. The weapons are often not instruments of war, but the common vehicles of daily transportation. The battlefields are not marked by soldiers lining up.. read more

Before the storm

Posted on September 8th, 2017 · Posted in Current Events, World View

This spectacular photo was taken in Jacksonville, Florida, as Irma began to move towards the state. The rainbow is a promise from God that there are limits to his wrath. At this moment, we can only imagine the devastation that Irma might bring. But beyond the storm clouds, the wind, the rain, and the surges, the promise of God’s rainbow shines in radiant beauty. Hurricanes remind us of the fury and harshness of life and even of our own sin. Just as the winds and the waves of the storm.. read more

What about Harvey and Irma?

Posted on September 7th, 2017 · Posted in Current Events, World View

First there was Harvey. He drifted through the Gulf of Mexico without much punch, crossed the Yucatan Peninsula and quickly and unexpectedly became a deadly hurricane. Harvey’s destructive power came because his progress was stalled over the Houston area for days where he dumped over 50 inches of rain in some places. The resulting flooding and devastation were unprecedented. Many called Harvey, with good reason, a once-in-a-lifetime event. Now, less than two weeks later, Irma has become the most powerful hurricane ever recorded in the Atlantic. Her winds have been.. read more

Independence Day

Posted on July 4th, 2017 · Posted in Current Events, Holidays, World View

On July 4th, 241 years ago today, 56 men representing 13 British colonies met in Philadelphia and signed a document that proclaimed the independence of those colonies from British rule. Britain was not pleased with the Declaration of Independence. This resulted in seven years of war. A new nation was born. Freedom always comes with a heavy price paid in blood. Maintaining freedom also demands the sacrifice of blood and treasure. In human terms, America’s independence will only remain as long as her people are willing to pay the price.. read more

Lost in the tweets

Posted on July 2nd, 2017 · Posted in Current Events

Media coverage of late is focused on tweets. Regardless of what you think of the tweeting culture, tweets and tweeters should not be capturing our attention. Lost in the flutter of tweets is the statement by the National Security Advisor that a list of military options regarding North Korea has been delivered to the President. Personally I am struck with the similarities between now and 1939. At that time there was also a power hungry mad-man making grave threats. Some held out for peace at all costs. Some chose to.. read more

Prayer for our leaders!

Posted on April 28th, 2017 · Posted in Current Events, World View

War talk has moved from the speculative to the possible. And it appears that we are subject to the actions of human governments. While the governing authorities and leaders are important, we must not lose sight of the real center of power. The Apostle Paul instructs that we pray for governing authorities in this way:
“of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and.. read more

The Super Bowl – revealing the heart of America

Posted on February 5th, 2017 · Posted in Culture, Current Events

Whether you watch the Super Bowl or not this annual spectacle tells you a great deal about the world your children inhabit. Proverbs 7 speaks a father looking out his window at the culture around him. This father used the view from his window to instruct his son about the dangers of life. The window of your television can afford you the same opportunity and obligation. This is much to learn about our culture from the game’s commercials. This year, 2017, these commercials cost 5.5 million dollars for a 30.. read more

Watching God work

Posted on January 19th, 2017 · Posted in Authority, Current Events, World View

Every four years, as Americans, we have the privilege of seeing God’s faithfulness displayed in the transition of the executive office of President. Four years ago, God made Barack Obama once again to be the President of the United States. Tomorrow, January 20th, if things go as planned, Donald Trump will also be made President by the power of God. These two men are radically different individuals. But they have this one thing in common, they each serve at the pleasure of the God of heaven and earth. The Holy.. read more

God keeps his promise, again!

Posted on December 21st, 2016 · Posted in Current Events, World View

As I write this post the winter and summer solstice is occurring. At 5:44 a.m. EST the sun will shine directly over the Tropic of Capricorn in the Southern Hemisphere. Summer officially begins for the Southern Hemisphere and Winter begins for those of us in the Northern Hemisphere. December 21st, marks both the longest and shortest day of the year. The reverse will happen on June 21st. Why is this important? Because God made a promise to Noah that the seasons will continue on our planet for as long as.. read more

Breaking News: God is in charge!

Posted on December 3rd, 2016 · Posted in Apologetics, Authority, Current Events

Just because politicians, the press, educators, and world leaders believe that God is subject to their laws, opinions and op ed articles does not change reality. The reality is that the Living God of the Bible, the Lord of the heavens and earth is in charge of the affairs of men. The idea of Jesus Christ being the only Savior of people is repugnant to many. The truth that God rules over man and has commanded how he should live and marry is even more outrageous in our progressive world… read more

A prayer for November 9th

Posted on November 8th, 2016 · Posted in Current Events, Prayer

The 24/7 news cycle has become a constant noise machine that every hour on the hour proclaims the world is a mess. The reporting on the election continues this theme. One thing you won’t hear is that God can be trusted and the real solutions to the nation’s problems are not political in nature. You won’t hear the expert analysts say what is really needed is that the country must turn to God in repentance and faith. But that’s okay. You don’t need cable news anchors to tell you who.. read more