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Why Aren’t You safe?

Posted on August 6th, 2019 · Posted in Culture, Current Events, Fear, Herein is Love, World View

A Texas superstore, a Dayton entertainment district,  a school… These should be safe places, but they were not. Why? The Holy Spirit wrote Scripture knowing exactly what fears you would face in this your life. The face of terror is ugly and unnerving. Cafes, concerts, sporting events, and church are common gatherings that traditionally 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

The False Gods of Independence

Posted on July 3rd, 2019 · Posted in Culture, Wisdom, World View

The book of Judges speaks of a people who once loved justice and truth, a people who loved God. But these people grew weary of the constraints of loving God and his truth. They devolved into being true to themselves.  They became focused on doing what was right in their own eyes. They did what they wanted and expected God to bless them anyway.  America, too, has moved on from the Bible and its views of morality.  She now worships three modern substitutes for the living God of the Bible… read more

Don’t Waste Your Justified Life!

Posted on June 12th, 2019 · Posted in Faith, Fear of the Lord, World View

My friend, Will Hunter, has offered a thought-provoking challenge about the amazing benefits that Christ has secured for us from Romans 5:1-11. Through the sacrifice of his Son, God has given his people the huge blessing of a justified life. However, it is so easy and so foolish to fail to take advantage of this “justified life.” You have been given the gift of being justified by faith and not by the good things that you try to do. This gift is immediate and continued access to God’s grace. You.. read more

The Curse of “Whatever”

Posted on June 7th, 2019 · Posted in Godward Orientation, Gospel, World View

“Whatever.” This is not usually a word of encouragement or optimism. It is what we say when we feel let down, betrayed, discouraged. So, “whatever” is said in a way that is intended to communicate that you don’t care. However,  the irony is that it really means that something matters very much. We continue to be surprised at being disappointed. People have this problem called sin. Sin comes from rebellion to God. At its root, rebellion starts with believing a lie. We believe we can be happy apart from dying.. read more

Dying to Go to Church?

Posted on June 3rd, 2019 · Posted in Culture, World View

Well, let’s not get too extreme! Yes, you love going to church, but on balance, everyone has a life apart from church. It is important to avoid going to church just out of a sense of duty. Legalism is depressing. Sometimes a chill Sunday morning is priceless. These are easy thoughts to have, even when you do go. However, there are places on our planet where Christians are literally dying because they go to church. News agencies like the BBC are reporting that the murder of Christians is approaching genocide.. read more

Teach Your Children to Praise

Posted on May 31st, 2019 · Posted in Wisdom, World View, Worship

People are designed to live in continuous praise of the wonder of God. After the fall, man failed to live as he was intended. Instead of praise, self-focus and personal pleasure take center stage. Sin feeds on the desire for immediate pleasure. That is why a child can go from seeming bliss to outrage in an eye blink. One moment everything is fine. Then he sees his brother with a toy that he wants and he immediately erupts with a howl of outrage. Why? Because he doesn’t have what he.. read more

Do You Remember?

Posted on May 26th, 2019 · Posted in World View

Do you remember so many who have died and been shattered by war so that you can live and worship in freedom? Do you remember that all of your stuff, all of your possessions cannot give life or lasting joy? Do you remember that you are not your own, but that you were bought with a price? Do you remember that you are here to live for God and to die to yourself? Do you remember the greatest Warrior who lived?  Do you remember that this same Warrior gave his.. read more

God is not optional

Posted on May 25th, 2019 · Posted in Apologetics, World View

Humans have somehow gotten the idea that God is optional.  We have come to think that God is a choice, that we can take him or leave him as we think best. But the universe doesn’t work that way. Everything was formed at the command of God and designed to function as he determined, people included. As Paul told the leading thinkers of the Greek-Roman world, everyone depends on God for everything, including their next breath. People think God can be picked up or discarded as we choose. If you.. read more

In the Presence of My Enemies 

Posted on May 23rd, 2019 · Posted in Faith, Godward Orientation, Sanctification, World View

Psalm 23 ends with God stating what is always true. A feast is always available for the sheep of God’s pasture. This psalm reminds us that no matter what our circumstances appear to be, the good Shepherd is always caring for his sheep.   What does this mean when you inhabit the dark valleys of life?  The human heart is capable of journeys immeasurable delight and equally immeasurable despair. David, the shepherd, the king, the father, the sinner knew these highs and lows. He danced with joy and he wept.. read more

The Gift of Clouds

Posted on April 25th, 2019 · Posted in World View

It’s cloudy this morning. As the sun rises the thick cloud cover will break open to show the blue sky. This is typical for where I live and probably where you live as well. So, why write about something so ordinary? Because seeing God move the clouds is anything but ordinary!  The Holy Spirit has made it a point in Scriptures to tell us that when we see the clouds move across the sky we are seeing God in action. Meteorologists explain how what begin as moisture rising to form.. read more

A Prayer for Life

Posted on April 12th, 2019 · Posted in Prayer, World View, Worship

Dear Father, My dreams are too small, my desires too selfish, my actions too sinful. My focus and, too often, my prayers are about what I think is best. Father, you know my weak heart and doubting faith. I pray you would give me the courage to see that my life is about Christ. I need to follow his life and love you as he did on earth. I pray my life would be about adding to your reputation. I pray my focus would be consumed by showing gratitude for.. read more

Each Day

Posted on April 10th, 2018 · Posted in Wisdom, World View

Each day that passes without a vision for heaven is day lost for God’s glory. Each day that passes without gratitude for Christ’s sacrifice for you is a day lost on yourself. Each day that passes without compassion for those who are lost is a day lost in self-indulgence. Each day that passes without passion for showing the love of Christ to those you love is day lost exploiting those whom you love. Each day that is dominated by anger that you are not appreciated is a day lost in.. read more

Three principles to prepare your kids for life

Posted on November 10th, 2017 · Posted in Parenting, World View

Preparing your children to face life is a huge parental responsibility!  At first, certain things are obvious: hot stoves, busy streets, harsh weather, dangerous terrain, evil people, etc., these are things your children need to know. But, there is no way to prepare and protect your children from every danger and uncertainty of life. There is too much which is beyond your control and your ability to discern all that they might need to know. You cannot fully prepare your children from life itself.  The storms in Matthew 7 come.. 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

God doesn’t do coffee breaks!

Posted on November 3rd, 2017 · Posted in Wisdom, World View

  There is only one thing about tomorrow that you can know with certainty. God will be faithful to you. You can plan for tomorrow, and that is a good thing. But tomorrow may not go according to your plan. World events may radically change your life. Your car may not start. Your kids could get sick. Your financial situation could change. Your pet could go missing. The uncertainty of tomorrow is the constant reality of your life. The way you anticipate tomorrow will have an impact on your relationship.. read more

Sailing too close to shore

Posted on October 5th, 2017 · Posted in Culture, World View

One objective you have as a parent is to keep your children safe. But this objective is not an easy one. Planning ways to keep your children safe implies there are dangers in life. And even with the best planning, hard things still occur. There are enemies on every side, both spiritual and earthly. Living as children of light angers the forces of darkness. You and your children are part of a cosmic battle that has been raging since creation. A preoccupation with being safe may keep you from trusting.. read more

A prayer for troubled times

Posted on October 4th, 2017 · Posted in Prayer, World View

Dear Father, we need your help this day. Our world is a mess. But you are holy and worthy of our praise.  We ask that your kingdom will come with power to our family, our lives, our country and our world. There are many things that trouble us. There are threats of war, disease, and unrest. There are acts of terror in our own cities. We pray that your will be in charge where we are just as you are in heaven. We ask for your peace to rule our.. read more

Where is hope?

Posted on October 3rd, 2017 · Posted in Godward Orientation, World View

Life can be crushing. People will turn evil. Madness will come. Hurt will run deep. And yes, even worse, our own sins find us out. Where do you go, when the lights go out? Who is there to bind the wounds of your heart? There is a river that runs from life through death to life again. It is the river of hope and strength when all else seems lost. One hell-bent man can bring a nation to its knees. One angry burst of words can send a relationship over.. 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

A moment in time

Posted on September 18th, 2017 · Posted in Culture, Wisdom, World View

In 1933 some of the leading educators and thinkers of the day penned and signed the Humanist Manifesto. Among the signers was John Dewey, arguably the most influential voice in modern American education. Two full generations have come and gone, but the core beliefs of this document continue to shape American values, culture, and educational philosophy. The Manifesto found in Sartre’s version of existentialism a rich soil in which to grow and propagate its anti-Christian agenda. The Manifesto sought to strip biblical influence from western culture. it has largely succeeded.. read more