Thoughts and Insights

Devotionals and Short Sermons

“It’s not good that the human is alone.”

“It’s not good that the human is alone.”

Then the LORD God said, “It’s not good that the human is alone...” Genesis 2:18 (CEB)

Six times “God saw that it was good” is declared during creation culminating in the last verse of Genesis 1, “God saw everything he had made: it was supremely good.” But at last, God looks at Adam and he lam...

I Know Who Holds My Hand

I Know Who Holds My Hand

In these days of uncertainty, when people all around us are filled with fear, anxiety and worry, we as followers of Christ have an opportunity to demonstrate that “He who is within us, is greater than he that is in the world.”

It was Rudyard Kipling who said, “If you can keep your head when all ...

Hope Over Fear

Hope Over Fear

Hope Over Fear

Be a good citizen. All governments are under God. Insofar as there is peace and order, it’s God’s order. So live responsibly as a citizen. Romans 13:1 (The Message)

Don’t stop meeting together with other believers, which some people have gotten into the habit of doing. Instead, en...

Keeping Your Balance

Keeping Your Balance

It seems as though the word heresy sometimes gets thrown around with such ease and blatant disregard for fairness that it is almost completely lost its meaning. Something is not heresy simply because we disagree with it. Heresies and false teachings are real, but we must be careful about throwing la...

Is a hug sometimes more effective than a verse?

Is a hug sometimes more effective than a verse?

Those of us who know and love the Scriptures are aware that they contain many words of comfort and encouragement. They contain words of hope and reassurance that are appropriate for every circumstance in life that we have or will encounter. Additionally, they provide correction and direction as they...

Excel in everything

Excel in everything

Complete Followers of Christ

But since you excel in everything—in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in complete earnestness and in the love we have kindled in you—see that you also excel in this grace of giving. 2 Corinthians 8:7 (NIV)

In baseball, they refer to a complete well-rounded player as...

To Swim or to Stand

To Swim or to Stand

It is perceived that as we get older change becomes more problematic. Perhaps it is because we want to hold onto those things that are familiar and comfortable for us. This can be an obstacle to the fulfilling our commission to “go and make disciples among all nations.” Those who oppose us would l...

One Thing

One Thing

Distractions are a part of life. They always have been. We may choose to believe that the complexities and pace of life in modern times are without parallel in history, but even in the simplest and slowest paced age people have faced distractions which endeavor to hinder the achievement of goals and...

He Did Not Blame God

He Did Not Blame God

In all of this, Job did not sin by blaming God. Job 1:22 (NLT)

One of the perils that is overlooked by those who emphasize health and prosperity is illustrated in the life of Job. As the book of Job commences, Job is already a wealthy man as far as family and possessions are concerned. He had been...

Who Cares?

Who Cares?

“Who Cares” or “Who Cares?”

When the phrase “who cares” is used, it may either be a statement of indifference or a question inquiring if anyone is concerned. There are times when a statement of indifference is perfectly acceptable because there are so many things of so little consequence, but when...

Good Medicine

Good Medicine

A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a broken spirit saps a person’s strength. Proverbs 17:22 (NLT)

If you want to generate controversy, just begin a discussion about health care. People have strong opinions on affordability, availability and just about every other aspect of the topic. It is no...

Waiting on God

Waiting on God

“Let all that I am wait quietly before God, for my hope is in him.” Psalm 62:5 (NLT)

Very few people that I know, including myself, enjoy waiting. As we mature, we may find ways to mask our impatience, but inside I presume that most of us are just like children waiting to open Christmas presents....