“You have a custom that I should release someone to you at the Passover. Do you therefore want me to release to you the King of the Jews?” Then they all cried again, saying, “Not this Man, but Barabbas!” Now Barabbas was a robber. (John 18:39-40) Release can bring...read more
Loving is serving, but not all serving is loving. The motives behind serving determines whether or not it is loving. My wife and I recently participated in a small group study discussion on dating and marriage relationships. As each person shared his or her thoughts...read more
Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation. (2 Corinthians 6:2) Before we start, please understand I am not trivializing corrective discipline or salvation. I am simply sharing a slightly humorous childhood experience with eternal...read more
“Do you want to be well?” What? Do I want to be well? I bristled at the question. What kind of insensitive thing is that to ask of someone in my condition? Who did this stranger think he is? He does not know me—why would he presume there was something wrong with me!...read more
Don’t always believe everything you hear just because someone says it is a message from God: test (confirm) it first to see if it really is. For there are many false teachers around. (1 John 4:1, parenthesis added) News flash: Just because something is posted online...read more
A man’s heart plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps. (Proverbs 16:9) I’m a fairly down to earth guy. Blue jeans, untucked shirt, no expensive hobbies, no designer clothes... Just a regular guy. But a recent experience surprised me regarding my sense of...read more
Do you ever wonder what happened before time began? What went on before God created the universe as we know it? The Bible narrative begins with, “In the beginning,” so it stands to reason something happened before that starting point. Aside from the ever-crumbling...read more
I could have stopped the building from crumbling, kept him from dying a horrible, crushing, embarrassing death. With my power, I could have helped my human assignment escape his disastrous predicament. If only he would have fulfilled his potential. I am accustomed to...read more
When a man’s ways please the Lord, He makes even his enemies to be at peace with him. (Proverbs 16:7). We all desire more peace in our lives. After all, who wants daily doses of drama, discord, and discontentment? Additionally, no one wants enemies much less the...read more
Some men’s sins are clearly evident, preceding them to judgment, but those of some men follow later. Likewise, the good works of some are clearly evident, and those that are otherwise cannot be hidden. (1 Timothy 5:24-25) “Just wait until your father gets home!” I...read more
Then I will give them a heart to know Me, that I am the Lord; and they shall be My people, and I will be their God, for they shall return to Me with their whole heart. (Jeremiah 24:7) God wants to be pursued! To set the stage of this love affair, consider the enduring...read more
The gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable. (Romans 11:29) "I know the plans I have for you," says the LORD (Jeremiah 29:11, NIV) God's calling and purpose reach people in every status, stage, and walk of life. God calls the Unqualified, Poor, and Uneducated We...read more
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