He Did Not Weaken In Faith

There is a deep weakness philosophically in we humans when it comes to Faith. We, all too often, reduce Faith to a mere mental assent to an idea rather than always pushing beyond the beginnings of Faith to actually doing the Faith. This interruption in Faith in our everyday lives have huge consequences, not just for us, but for those around us who desperately look for an example in we Christians of…

God Reckons Us Righteous

“Well, I suwannee!” I remember saying that when I was in seminary in Boston, and the reaction from folks not from the South was, let’s just say, interesting. “What does THAT mean?” was the common question. I confess I took pleasure in pouring on the Southernisms in Boston to the point that one, sincere, young man asked me if there was a book he could buy that had all this information in…

God Is Able to Make Him Stand

I “tweet” now and again. Mostly it’s my social media assistant who tweets out the daily devotional to give as many people as possible access to the daily ministry. And I confess that, sometimes, I read the tweets of others and think “What could possibly make this person think what they are saying is helpful or even serious?” And then an evil thought crosses my mind: “Perhaps there should be a minimum…

You Should Know Better

Ouch! That hurt! It wouldn’t have hurt anymore if he’d actually hit me with his fists. He had confronted me with the reality that my words had so offended his friend that that friend didn’t want anything to do with God anymore. Oh No! I was young and foolish (of course now I’m old and foolish, but, oh well), and I had tried to explain why a certain tragedy had happened to…

What’s The Opposite of Love?

What do you think is the opposite of love? The easy answer is hate but that isn’t even close. Because hate takes attention and focus and (usually) preoccupation with the object of your hate. And the truth is love takes the same. To love something or someone takes attention, focus, and even preoccupation with the object of your love. You remember the first time you “fell” in love (by the way, I…

A Reviling Judgement

One of the questions I get often from parents trying to raise children in a society and culture that seems to have been reduced to sand. This reduction has occurred as we moderns have allowed the deconstruction of timeless wisdom preserved for centuries, all in the name of being relevant or even “compassionate.” My answer has changed over the years. Earlier, my answers use to revolve around battle and “apologetics” as if…

We Are All Called

The dictionary defines the word “obligation” as “an act or course of action to which a person is morally or legally bound; a duty or commitment.” When I was growing up, my mother taught me that I wasn’t free to do what I wanted until I did what I must. In other words, I had obligations to my family, my home, and myself! “Brush your teeth” wasn’t a suggestion; it was an…

Being Filled with The Spirit

Hey, we were kids! And it was Christmas morning AND our parents were still asleep AND it was a snow cone maker AND there were sugary syrup packets! What did you expect was going to happen? Well, let’s just say that after THAT Christmas morning a general rule was firmly established: No opening presents UNTIL the adults are awake! What a sticky morning that was. But kids will be kids. They are…

You Should Have Listened to Me!

She just rolled her eyes. I’m getting that more and more from my 12 year old lately! Sure, I had just used one of my old, worn out Dad sayings, one of my favorites when I say that everyone would be happier if they would all just do as I say! She thinks I’m silly, and I do mean it in jest most of the time. But I confess a part of…

Paul Says He’s Alive!

Jesus gave us many promises as he preached and taught during His ministry. The problem is we want to pay attention to the “happy” promises like “ask, and it shall be given to you.” We have a bit more trouble hearing this promise to us from Jesus: “If the persecuted me, they will persecute you as well.” (John 15:20) That doesn’t sound like fun at all, does it? And yet, the truth…