Thoughts and Insights

Devotionals and Short Sermons

What Do We Know?

What Do We Know?

We know also that the Son of God has come and has given us understanding, so that we may know him who is true. 1 John 5:20 (NIV)

Are you familiar with the expression, “What you don’t know can’t hurt you?” While there may be circumstances where this maxim is proven true, often, it is demonstrabl...

What Do You Hear?

What Do You Hear?

Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way; walk in it.” Isaiah 30:21 (NIV)

Hearing is essential. Or is it only meaningful when there is something we want to hear? Paul warned Timothy: For a time is coming when people will no lo...

What Do You See?

What Do You See?

And Elisha prayed, “Open his eyes, Lord, so that he may see.” Then the Lord opened the servant’s eyes. 2 Kings 6:17 (NIV)

There is seeing, and then there is seeing that goes deeper than the surface. It is hard to see things as they really are because of our lack of insight or preconceived notions...

Actions Speak Louder Than Words

Actions Speak Louder Than Words

“Too much talk leads to sin. Be sensible and keep your mouth shut.” (Proverbs 10:19, NLT)

“… let’s not merely say that we love each other; let us show the truth by our actions.” (1 John 3:18, NLT)

It is no longer enough to not be racist. In today’s climate we are told that we must speak out ag...

Carry Each Other’s Burdens

Carry Each Other’s Burdens

“Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.” (Galatians 6:2, NIV)

 

News of the killing of George Floyd spread quickly around the world last week. Pastors and church leaders everywhere spoke out to condemn the actions of the Minneapolis police officer who pi...

Who is Writing Your “Letter?”

Who is Writing Your “Letter?”

“You are our letter, written on our hearts, known and read by everyone. You show that you are Christ’s letter, delivered by us…” (2 Corinthians 3:2–3, CEB)

You do not have to spend very much time with someone to discover what things are the most important to them. We cannot easily hide what we tr...

Patient Endurance

Patient Endurance

“Patient endurance is what you need now, so that you will continue to do God’s will. Then you will receive all that he has promised.” Hebrews 10:36 (NLT)

The Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary defines endurance as “the ability to withstand hardship or adversity; especially: the ability to s...

Do Not Be Afraid

Do Not Be Afraid

“O Most High, when I am afraid, I put my trust in you.” (Psalm 56:2–3, NRSV)

You may have heard the claim that there are 365 references in the Bible to “fear not” or “do not be afraid.” However, a check of popular translations does not support this claim or is it a meme? I am not sure where this s...

Never Lose Your Praise

Never Lose Your Praise

But let the godly rejoice. Let them be glad in God’s presence. Let them be filled with joy. Psalm 68:3 (NLT)

Consider with me the relationship between faith and praise. With rare exceptions, we all know people who have “left the faith.” Have you ever heard of someone who has “left the praise?” Alt...

An Ounce of Prevention

An Ounce of Prevention

“They will be in despair, and all the workers will be sick at heart.” (Isaiah 19:10, NLT)

It was Benjamin Franklin who said, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Few people would dispute the wisdom of this advice, recognizing that if you can prevent a problem with a little effort in...

A Time of Uncertainty

A Time of Uncertainty

Outwardly, more than any time in recent memory, we are living in a period of uncertainty. Questions being asked include: “How many people will become ill or even die as the result of COVID-19?” Or “Will I lose my job and what will be the economic impact of the shutdown?” You undoubtedly have questio...

A Door of Opportunity?

A Door of Opportunity?

For a great and effective door has opened to me, and there are many adversaries. 1 Corinthians 16:9 (NKJV)

For some time now, I have been periodically coming back to this verse. I keep asking myself this question: “Does Paul see this as an opportunity in spite of many adversaries or does he belie...