The Problem with Unconditional Love

The Problem with Unconditional Love

For God so loved the world… (John 3:16) The problem with unconditional love is the tendency to take it for granted. If I have to behave a certain way or do certain things to deserve the love I receive, I will undoubtedly try harder to please the one who loves me. But...
Lessons From a Hot Iron

Lessons From a Hot Iron

Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.  (Matthew 5:16, NKJV) Mom taught me how to iron clothes. Since we had no television while I was growing up, Saturday mornings usually found me ironing the...
Don’t Hide Your Pride

Don’t Hide Your Pride

Lest being puffed up with pride he fall into the same condemnation as the devil. (1 Timothy 3:6) If you believe pride and arrogance are just small character flaws or unique idiosyncrasies of your personality, you may wish to rethink that. I’m not referring to pride in...
God Isn’t Swayed By Oscars, Emmys Or Grammys

God Isn’t Swayed By Oscars, Emmys Or Grammys

Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in them.  ( John 2:15) “We’ve lost yet another star … hero … icon.” I was in Los Angeles the day Michael Jackson died and recall how the news of his death paralyzed...
Do You Restrict Jesus in Your Life?

Do You Restrict Jesus in Your Life?

So they bound Jesus, led him away and handed him over to Pilate.  (Mark 15:1b) Jesus — the Creator of everything — being bound. When I read the story of Jesus’ arrest before His crucifixion, the words “they bound Jesus” jump off the page. Think about this: According...
What’s Choking Your Harvest?

What’s Choking Your Harvest?

Still others, like seed sown among thorns, hear the word; but the worries of this life, the deceitfulness of wealth and the desires for other things come in and choke the word, making it unfruitful (Mark 4:18-19). Is something choking your spiritual life? In the...