Bigger Jesus, Smaller Problems

  This week I had the opportunity to sit in on a bible study in a correctional institution. Sitting with the chaplain and about 20 inmates for about 2 hours, I can tell you we had some of the most inspiring and beautiful discussions about God’s Word all coming from those Christian men who were…

Another Opportunity to Pray

It was only suppose to be a short two-day conference in Illinois last week, but on that Tuesday, the whole world started spinning and wouldn’t stop spinning. I ended up driving myself to a local emergency room, which in retrospect was not a great idea, but I got there. After giving me some meds and…

Why I Am Having A Hard Time…

This month marks the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, and I’m having a hard time celebrating. Let me explain. I know that as I write this article and you read it, there are many who have not learned or been taught what the Protestant Reformation is, many still wonder deeply about the differences between…

What is God thinking?

Our Old Testament reading for this Sunday is from Isaiah 55. God says, Seek the Lord while you can find him.     Call on him now while he is near.  Let the wicked change their ways     and banish the very thought of doing wrong. Let them turn to the Lord that he may have mercy on…

Respect is…Christian?

Our political climate at the moment is interesting to say the least, but not unusual. I remember visiting the Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza in Texas a few years ago where Lee Harvey Oswald shot President Kennedy. I was amazed to see in the museum a display with a full page newspaper ad that…

What are you hungry for?

Have you ever had the experience of being really hungry so you pick up whatever you find around you at the store, often times junk food, you eat it, feel good for a bit, then your stomach gets sick and/or you get really hungry again because the junk food simply couldn’t satisfy. In the old…

Worth the Wait

It’ll be worth the wait. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve told my kids that exact same thing when they were waiting for a surprise I had prepared for them. I’m guessing, based on their reactions when the surprise was revealed, it was worth the wait. Pastor Paul in Romans 8:18 is saying…

Rules are bad, right?

It happens all the time. Mom or Dad tell their kid not to do something because their going to get hurt. The kid didn’t realize the danger they were in but instead of being grateful, they get mad at their mom and dad and want to do the bad thing even more just to prove…

Instruments of Righteousness

Last week I took my family to see “Opera under the Stars” in the town square near my home. It was a special outdoor performance of traditional opera. The performer’s voices were beautiful instruments they used to sing some beautiful songs. It reminded of this passage from Romans 6:13: Do not present your members to…

Something Bigger

God’s people are precious and in Jesus Christ you are part of God’s people. In our individualistic western culture, it is all about me, sometimes in good ways and often not, but we are very individualistic in how we see ourselves in relationship to the world and in relationship to God. It is about me…

God is-I am

Who is God?  Take a moment and answer that question.     You put ten people in a coffee shop together and it is very likely that you will get 10 different answers to that question. Because often the question of who is God becomes a different question altogether, it becomes who is God to…

O.M.G.

Walking through any store at any given time I will hear the words “Oh my god!” at least five times, maybe more. Doing a little research, Oh My god is one of the top 5 expletives out there and more often said by women than men. Quite honestly, unless you have parental authority over a…