There at the small church…

I’ve learned to keep my eye out for a steeple. It often peeks above a hill as I turn the corner and finally see the small church. Oh, the Lord has had me share in some big churches with parking lots like theme parks, but mostly it’s been the small churches where I’ve found myselfContinue reading “There at the small church…”

Truth In An Immoral Culture

A.W. Tozer once said, “Another kind of religious leader must rise among us. He must be of the old prophet type, a man who has seen visions of God and has heard a voice from the Throne. When he comes (and I pray there will be not one but many), he will stand in flatContinue reading “Truth In An Immoral Culture”

Have you ever comforted yourself with these thoughts?

I wonder, have you ever comforted yourself by wishing harm on someone who has harmed you? You know, have you ever lay in bed plotting how you’d get them back? In Genesis 27, Esau is enraged over the deception involving the blessing and birthright, and Rebekah tells Jacob, “Surely your brother comforts himself concerning youContinue reading “Have you ever comforted yourself with these thoughts?”

Sunday Thoughts

We sat together last night and talked about Jesus, the Word, and the world. His tattoo reads, “Finish Well.” And I thought to myself, it’s just pretty cool that we ever even started this journey of faith. My cousin and I don’t come from a long line of faith. In fact, just a couple ofContinue reading “Sunday Thoughts”

Dear sojourner walking in a lost world, will you pray?

I woke up thinking about the conversation my brother, my son-in-law and I had yesterday about the great revival movements of God. We had resolved there is nothing that might keep God from doing it again. My brother then mentioned how the spark that started the greatest revivals in history had been that of layContinue reading “Dear sojourner walking in a lost world, will you pray?”

Jesus is Risen!

The ground shook.The angel appeared.The stone rolled away.The soldiers fell like dead men.The grave empty.Death defeated!The Way Made!Victory complete. JESUS IS RISEN! “Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed”. John 20:6 Oh, believer, you may not have seen the resurrection with your human eyes, but you know it is all true.Continue reading “Jesus is Risen!”

You can’t be NEUTRAL on this!

You know, I don’t think I’ve ever seen a bumper sticker or Christian T-shirt that read, “Jesus came to send fire on the earth” or “Jesus came to bring division”. No. We like unity. We like peace. Those T-shirts sell. Those messages grow crowds. So what do we do when we bump into Luke 12:49-53?Continue reading “You can’t be NEUTRAL on this!”

He’s just a normal guy. Well, kind of….

He’s just a normal guy.Kind of. He doesn’t have a seminary degree. He isn’t getting a paycheck from the church. He works really hard at his “real” job. He just loves God.He loves his family.He loves people, and he wants them to find the hope he found in Jesus. He serves in the small church.Continue reading “He’s just a normal guy. Well, kind of….”

Where is this world headed?

Where is this world headed? A Fox News alert scrolls across the screen — Putin is attacking the Ukraine, China is making noise about Taiwan, our president is fumbling. I find myself dismayed, almost distraught, really. Questions race through my mind, “Where is our country going? What will this world look like when my kidsContinue reading “Where is this world headed?”

Are you getting weary of this HARD world?

Is this evil world getting to you? Some days it can really be discouraging. Genesis 6:6, tells us, long ago, God saw the evil of man. He was sorry. He was grieved. But when God was lamenting that He had created mankind (Gen 6:5-8), Noah “found grace in the eyes of the Lord” in theContinue reading “Are you getting weary of this HARD world?”

The Questioning of Truth. Same Old ATTACK.

So the cunning, evil, serpent (the fallen Satan) questions Eve about what God had really said to her. (Gen 3:1) He then tells her what God has said is not really true. (Gen 3:4) The one who has come to steal, kill and destroy is saying the same thing, right now, to you, me andContinue reading “The Questioning of Truth. Same Old ATTACK.”

When they call you names…

A while back, a young, full of himself and this world person, called me “”Karen” after I had written something he didn’t like. While he meant it in a derogatory way, I smiled because one of the most godly women I have ever known was named “Karen”. She is with Jesus now, and she wasContinue reading “When they call you names…”

You can’t be NEUTRAL in your faith.

You can’t be neutral in your faith. If it impacts you, you should want it to impact those you care about. John Piper went so far as to say, “If you don’t want people to believe what you believe about God, your views of Him are not functionally significant for you.” The fact is, ifContinue reading “You can’t be NEUTRAL in your faith.”

March for Life

Today, thousands will give up other things they could be doing and March for Life. Because of technology, like ultrasounds, we all know it’s a baby—a life they march for. The issue is no longer, “is that a life”, but am I going to choose my self (my desires, my comfort, my plans, my goals)Continue reading “March for Life”

A CAUTION for those getting comfy at home

Some studies suggest 30 percent of church-goers have left the church during this pandemic. Many are probably cultural Christians who don’t truly know Jesus. But not all. Some of you, who truly know Jesus, have decided you like your church better on a screen because you prefer the edited, less-messy version. I get it. IContinue reading “A CAUTION for those getting comfy at home”

For those in the BATTLE

I take notice when I hear their stories. The ones who have suffered and stayed. They endure the hard marriages, they care for the elderly parent, they patiently raise the child with special needs who will never leave home. They love the prodigal. They serve the homeless and pick up the broken and addicted. TheyContinue reading “For those in the BATTLE”

He is doing what He promised!

The things which are impossible with men are possible with God”. (Luke 18:27) No seriously, “The things which are impossible with men are possible with God.” (Luke 18:27) Lately, I see so much that seems impossible. Will this pandemic ever end? Will our country ever come together in unity? Will we stop fighting with eachContinue reading “He is doing what He promised!”

You don’t have to box it up

The Christmas tree lights sparkle in the early morning dark. The candle flame dances. The smell of pine and cinnamon fill my home. I sit snuggled under a red Christmas blanket, piping hot coffee in my mug, my Bible in my lap. Sweet moments to savor. Christmas is almost here. Once again, it has comeContinue reading “You don’t have to box it up”

Prophecy foretells His Return even more than His Birth!

Do you know these words from the prophet Isaiah were written 700 years before Jesus was born?? Isaiah 9:2The people walking in darknesshave seen a great light;on those living in the land of the shadow of deatha light has dawned.Isaiah 9:6-7For to us a child is born,to us a son is given,and the government willContinue reading “Prophecy foretells His Return even more than His Birth!”