How to rebuke like Jesus

How to rebuke like Jesus

Sometimes an exhortation may take the form of a chisel that chips off a rough edge.  While the process is painful, it may be necessary.  That’s why the Apostle Paul urged Timothy to not only “correct” and “encourage” but to “rebuke” as well.  Occasionally a rebuke is the most loving thing to give, even though […]

How to smile back at 2018

How to smile back at 2018

Don’t be deceived into thinking it’s meaningless to number your days.  It isn’t.  And don’t kid yourself into thinking it’s easy.  It’s not.  Indeed, the psalmist pleaded with God to help him do just that.  In Psalm 39:4 he cried out, “Show me, O LORD, my life’s end and the number of my days; let […]

A Different View of Christmas

A Different View of Christmas

The Christmas Story we celebrate every year centers around a promised birth, a star, shepherds, magi, a manger and a baby. What most people don’t realize is that the story is more than a night in a manger. For instance, did you know Mary, a young teenager, “hurriedly” made an 80 mile journey to the […]

Something we seldom say “Thanks” for

Something we seldom say “Thanks” for

Like a fly on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, we often fail to recognize the wonder that surrounds us. This Thanksgiving, join me in thanking God for something we often take for granted. In Psalm 139:14-15 David wrote: “For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise […]

The Church Has Been Deceived Part 2

Without repentance, it’s impossible to overpower compulsive lust. Can’t be done. Nor can we harness explosive rage, bitterness, fear, self-hatred, jealousy, addiction, fear, suicidal thoughts and other controlling sins. We can pray over them. Seek therapy for them. Memorize scripture about them. But until we repent those sins will remain. Why? Because until we repent […]