• What about Orlando?

    Evil is for real. It showed its ugly face this past weekend in Orlando. There are people who are committed to bring human suffering to those they see as enemies. As evidence unfolds that this mass shooting is connected to an orchestrated scheme of terrorist plots, a grim reality continues to emerge: We are not safe. The goal of the terrorist mind is to create fear in everyday life. It is one thing to fight an enemy on a battlefield. It is quite another to wonder if death is waiting at the ...
  • God has made his choice!

    God has selected Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton to be the nominees of the 2 major political parties for President of the United States. The truth is that whomever of these 2 is elected, there is nothing either one of them can do which will prevent you from honoring God and being a faithful servant to his Son. Our country is in clear need of the gospel. God has provided the best possible situation for the church to seize this opportunity for the kingdom and the glory of his great ...
  • Fig leaves no longer needed!

    Exchanging the truth of God for a lie. Here is a portion the letter from the Department of Justice (DOJ) that is being sent to America’s schools, according to the NY Times quote: "When a school provides sex-segregated activities and facilities, transgender students must be allowed to participate in such activities and access such facilities consistent with their gender identity," reads the letter, signed by two Obama administration officials responsible for enforcing civil rights laws: ...
  • I didn’t mean that…

      I didn’t meant that!! How many times have those words raced out of your mouth? Your heart vainly hopes to intercept the deadly verbal missiles launched from that same mouth only moments before. Despite your desperate attempt to stop the flight of those missiles, it is too late. They have found their targets. Devastating damage has been done. In shame, you realize you can’t undo your careless words. In James 3, the Holy Spirit reminds you just how ugly and devastating ...
  • Tax week

    This is tax week. This Friday is tax day, the day most Americans love to hate. The tax burden appears to be too high. The government often wastes taxpayer dollars. Sometimes those dollars are spent on unspeakable acts of immorality and injustice. Some governmental leaders and agencies are corrupt. Often the “will of the people" is ignored or even despised. Protests seem useless. All of these things appear to be a good reason not to pay taxes or at least, be disdainful of the process. But ...
  • What to tell your children about thunder

      Lightning rips through the air followed by the violent crash of thunder. At that moment everything stops. Your heart pounds. Whatever you were thinking about is gone, replaced by fear, awe, terror, and a sense of smallness. The sound is of unrestrained energy. Or perhaps you are fortunate enough to hear the rolling thunder as a storm approaches through a mountain valley. Deep rumbles echo back and forth between the mountains. Astounding power, muted, yet ominous. There is the ...
  • God and foreign policy

    God and foreign policy The world is angry. One country attacks another. One religious movement is filled with rage for those not like them. One political leader wants more power than he has. Anger shapes of the dangers of our world. However, there is a root cause to this anger that cannot be addressed by diplomacy and state departments. This anger is directed at God and his rule over this planet and the hearts of people. In Psalm 2, the Holy Spirit asks the question and then gives us the ...
  • Thoughts at the break of day

    The monochrome of daybreak is warming to the touch of the sun. The air is still. The quiet of night will last just a bit longer. Soon engines, birds, wind in the trees and the sounds of morning will usher in a new day. While there is wonder in how this day will unfold its mysteries, there is no doubt that the steady hand of God will bring what he has planned. There is no promise this day will bring what I want, that I will be shielded from my deepest apprehensions. There is only the promise ...
  • Is God’s wisdom your joy?

    A scenario: You have the unbearable burden of teaching your children God’s wisdom. It is exhausting work. Sometimes you wonder why you even bother. All you ever get in return is frustration and resistance. It is almost unbelievable the effort it takes to teach your children to be kind and considerate, to be unselfish. But then you realize that there is no one else to teach them. So, you bare down and keep going. Question, based upon this scenario what type of results would you expect? Not ...
  • A conversation with a teenager.

    "Stop bothering your sister.” “Why?” “Because it is not nice to do that to her.” “Well, she is not nice to me. Why should I be nice to her?” “God says you should be nice to her.” “Well, then, you should tell her that. If she starts being nice to me, I’ll be nice to her. Its not like I am hurting her or anything.” “But that is not how it works. You should do what God wants no matter how your sister responds.” “So, what do I do when you get mad and yell at ...