Thoughts and Insights

Devotionals and Short Sermons

Deception and Discernment

Deception and Discernment

So let us discern for ourselves what is right; let us learn together what is good. Job 34:4 (NLT)

Let me begin with a question. How great is our need for discernment? There is a meme that has been floating around the Internet for several years: “Don’t believe everything you see on the Internet.”-...

Wonderful Grace of Jesus

Wonderful Grace of Jesus

Because of his love, God had already decided to make us his own children through Jesus Christ. That was what he wanted and what pleased him, and it brings praise to God because of his wonderful grace. God gave that grace to us freely, in Christ, the One he loves. Ephesians 1:5–6 (NCV)

“Wonder...

The Brevity of Life

The Brevity of Life

Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom. Psalm 90:12 (NIV)

I don’t know who coined the phrase “The length of our lives is represented by a dash between two dates,” but it is undoubtedly a concise way of stating what most people sense, especially as they get older, that lif...

To Swim or to Stand

To Swim or to Stand


Be alert, stand firm in the faith, be courageous, be strong. 1 Corinthians 16:13 (CSB)

Yes, I try to find common ground with everyone, doing everything I can to save some. 1 Corinthians 9:22 (NLT)

As we age, it is commonly believed that change becomes more difficult for many of us. Perhaps it...

Swim in the River of God

Swim in the River of God

He measured off another thousand, but now it was a river that I could not cross, because the water had risen and was deep enough to swim in—a river that no one could cross. He asked me, “Son of man, do you see this?” Then he led me back to the bank of the river. Ezekiel 47:5–6 (NIV)

Ezekiel prese...

Feed My Lambs

Feed My Lambs

When they had finished eating, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?” “Yes, Lord,” he said, “you know that I love you.” Jesus said, “Feed my lambs.” John 21:15 (NIV)

I could not believe what I was hearing; a pastor was telling, perhaps even bragging, that...

Four Words

Four Words

“In the Beginning God…” Genesis 1:1

 “In the beginning God” may be the four most important words in the Bible. This is the introduction for everything else that is to follow. If we do not understand it correctly, all conclusions regarding life, meaning, and purpose will be flawed. If you start...

A Time for Careful Consideration

A Time for Careful Consideration

This is what the Lord Almighty says: “Give careful thought to your ways. Haggai 1:7 (NIV)

Once again, we find ourselves on the threshold of a new year. Traditionally, it is a time for making resolutions. Many of those resolutions will be cast aside by the middle of January. As I have previously w...

This Little Light of Mine

This Little Light of Mine

The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it. John 1:5 (NLT)

In 1907, Wesleyan preacher William Watkinson published a sermon, “The Invincible Strategy.” He made the point that “evil is not overcome by denunciation.” He said that although it is easier to speak aga...

How Is Your Risk Aversion?

How Is Your Risk Aversion?

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9 (NIV)

Risk aversion is the term most frequently associated with finances and investing. According to the website Investopedia, “The ter...

God is Good...All the Time

God is Good...All the Time

We often hear the declaration: “God is good.” It is easy to say it, but at times, if we are honest with ourselves and others, we may not be as sure, particularly when things are not going our way.

For our words to have any meaning, we must live our lives in such a way that we believe that God is g...

In His Presence

In His Presence

You will show me the way of life, granting me the joy of your presence and the pleasures of living with you forever. Psalm 16:11 (NLT)

In recent weeks we have once again been made aware that there are many confused Christians. On the one hand, they claim to be born again, yet more than two-thirds...