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…”

How about this on your CHRISTIAN t-shirt?

Hard words. 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 “How about this on your CHRISTIAN t-shirt?”

I feel so inadequate to tell anyone they need Jesus…

I prayed with a young woman last night who is walking an incredibly hard road. I was astounded by her lack of bitterness and her pure heart. I couldn’t help thinking how I wish my faith had been that strong when I was her age. The fruit of the spirit seems so very apparent inContinue reading “I feel so inadequate to tell anyone they need Jesus…”

Who is safe in these scary days?

Breaking news scrolls across the TV screen- Secretary of State, Tony Blinken, says there is credible evidence of war crimes in Ukraine. The White House is now said to be considering a ban on Russian oil imports. Putin has been threatening the use of nuclear weapons if backed into a corner. These are sad andContinue reading “Who is safe in these scary days?”

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….”

Do you feel a sense of urgency in this scary world?

Do you feel a sense of urgency? For years I’ve hoped the words I’ve shared would draw others to love and trust Jesus more. I’ve put them out there, and I’ve prayed that those who don’t know Him, would somehow see Him in what He has led me to write and speak. But lately, I’veContinue reading “Do you feel a sense of urgency in this scary world?”

Thoughts on why many walk away from the faith

Many of us have seen our own sin, we’ve been sick of it, repented, and marveled at a Savior who knew every ugly, horrible, secret thing we have ever done and still loved us enough to die for us. What great love that took! Many of us get this about the time we have kidsContinue reading “Thoughts on why many walk away from the faith”

I wonder if it was Christmas-time when they did what they did….

I think of this story every Christmas. I guess I wonder if it was Christmas-time when they did what they did. I am forever thankful. How I wish I knew their names. I’m sure they are walking the streets of glory now with the Savior, but I wonder if they know how very much theyContinue reading “I wonder if it was Christmas-time when they did what they did….”

Where HOPE is FOUND!

The Messiah sat surrounded by the Pharisees and teachers of the law. The crowd surrounded the place and pushed in. I wonder if the buttoned-up religious leaders had to dust off their shoulders as debris surely began to fall as the tiles in the ceiling were removed. Did Jesus chuckle to Himself as the paralyzedContinue reading “Where HOPE is FOUND!”

Hard days, still, may our lips never cease to PRAISE!

“Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, to God who alone is wise, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen” (1 Tim 1:17) As Paul wrote those words in his letter to Timothy, I wonder if he sat his pen down, lifted his hands to heaven and was overcome with praise to the Lord?Continue reading “Hard days, still, may our lips never cease to PRAISE!”

For years, I had told no one.

The evil one is masterful at convincing us we will always be defined by what we have done in the past. The Bible says, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.” (2 Cor 5:17). But the enemy doesn’t want us toContinue reading “For years, I had told no one.”

If it’s true, tell it.

Paul says,”hold such men in esteem” (Phil 2:29) Hold such men in esteem. What kind of men? Well, men and women like Epaphroditus. Epaphroditus didn’t only have a strange name, he was a rare one. He’s only mentioned once in the Bible (Phil 2:25). But this much is clear from the text, Epaphroditus was rare,Continue reading “If it’s true, tell it.”

I wondered if they were all on Prozac!

They were going through hard things—cancer, abandonment by a spouse, job loss, and wayward children. There they sat in my Women’s Bible study, all those years ago, and each of them had a peace despite their circumstances, that caught my attention. Oh, I confess, I wondered if they were all on Prozac because I couldContinue reading “I wondered if they were all on Prozac!”

All true, but what can we do?

Yesterday, I shared a concern about where we are heading. Many of you shared it and the question was raised, “but what can we do?” Let me preface this by saying, I do believe- This pandemic is serious and confusing. Some people are dying, while others only get the sniffles, if that, when infected. OurContinue reading “All true, but what can we do?”

Are We Too Far Gone?

My neck is hurting from shaking my head so much lately. I honestly can’t believe what I’m seeing in our country. Is there still a silent majority? And why, are they so silent if they are there at all? Are we too far gone? Should Christians still try to influence the public square? Are schoolContinue reading “Are We Too Far Gone?”

In all the confusion, remember this.

The truth is, we don’t know what to do. This virus has us all struggling. No one has found a solution, and many are divided in all the confusion. We look to the government for answers, and, well, they can’t seem to keep their story straight. Everyone is affected either directly or indirectly by thisContinue reading “In all the confusion, remember this.”

No one has seen God at anytime, however….

No one has seen God at any any time. (1 John 4:12). No one. God even instructed Moses to hide his face in the cleft of the rock, because God knew Moses could only handle a brief glimpse of the glory of the Lord passing by. (Ex 33:19-23) God is so absolutely HOLY that noContinue reading “No one has seen God at anytime, however….”

HE IS RISEN!

The ground shook with supernatural tremor. I wonder did the distraught, discouraged disciples suspect something when they felt it? The angels appeared. The mighty Roman soldiers fell like dead men. The stone was rolled away. The grave was empty.Death had been defeated.The Way was Made!Victory was complete. JESUS IS RISEN! Can you imagine the utterContinue reading “HE IS RISEN!”

Preach the Word! Don’t change the message!

These words were written to those who would seek to follow the Lord, those suffering for the faith, those not yet born, and those who would live in the End of Days. These were the last words of a dying saint who knew his time was short. Don’t miss this! Paul uses STRONG words whenContinue reading “Preach the Word! Don’t change the message!”

Holy Last Words of HOPE!

It’s easy to sit here on my couch, coffee in hand, read these words in Second Timothy from my pretty Bible, and miss the profound depth of them. These are hard-lived, holy last words from a dying brother who is full of strength and joy. It should cause us to pause. The world around PaulContinue reading “Holy Last Words of HOPE!”