November 3, 2017

Character, whether good or bad, is revealed through one’s values. Values govern motives, and motives lead to action. Together, values, motives, and actions determine one’s character. In Philippians 2, the Apostle Paul directs us to follow Christ as our ultimate example in the formation of godly character.

Certainly good actions can accompany bad character. We are all too familiar with this hypocritical scenario. False or selfis...

October 20, 2017

And Moses said, "I will turn aside to see this great sight, why the bush is not burned." When the LORD saw that he turned aside to see, God called to him out of the bush, "Moses, Moses!" And he said, “Here I am."

                                        Exodus 3:3-4

Notice how it wasn’t until Moses turned aside with wonder, that then G...

October 6, 2017

   I hate injustice–especially when the injustice is against me! It's not often that I'm unjustly treated, but when I am, the offenses usually come in rather large and memorable packages. 
     One instance that I clearly remember occurred when my family was young. I was attending seminary full time and trying to make ends meet as a caretaker for a very wealthy family. 
     While raising sheep and hor...

September 22, 2017

I’ve often dreamed of being a master potter. There’s something romantic about shaping beautiful vessels out of formless clay. One of my favorite potters, Josiah Wedgewood, shaped some of the most beautiful pottery in the world. He valued excellence, beauty, and sacrifice. In the words of Wedgewood, “Beautiful forms and compositions are not made by chance, nor can they ever, in any material, be made at small expense. A composit...

September 14, 2017

When bad things happen, do you blame God?

It's a natural response.  We've all complained; “Why me, God?” And if our personal tragedy is serious enough, we become overwhelmed and even immobilized by grief and bitterness.

This is why I find the Chapman family so amazing.

In May of 2008, Christian recording artist Steven Curtis Chapman and his wife, Mary Beth, heard about a horrific earthquake in China that claimed more than 70...

September 14, 2017

When I was listening to David Jeremiah on the radio the other day, I was struck by the story he told of one of his friends who was diagnosed with terminal cancer. God used the pain of these circumstances to refocus her vision back to Him. She wrote the following poem to express her journey and to praise God for His faithfulness to her along every step.

You can listen to the original broadcast from Turning Point Radio here.


 

Whe...

September 8, 2017

Did you ever consider the parallels of Genesis, the Gospels, and Revelation? In the beginning there’s a garden, a tree of life, and rivers. In the gospels there’s a garden, a tree in the form of a cross, and rivers of living water. In Revelation there are trees
whose leaves are for the healing of the nations (trees that give life) and a river of water of life (Rev 22:1).
 
The garden, the tree, and the river, each, were givers...

September 7, 2017

Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers.

Psalm 1:1-3

If a tree does not receive adequate water it will not b...

September 7, 2017

I was reading in Matthew 20 this morning and came upon the scene when Jesus cursed the fig tree because it bore only leaves. Looking at the tree He said, "May no fruit come from you ever again." This may seem a little bizarre. Jesus is hungry, the tree has no fruit, it gets dusted!  At least it would appear that the tree did nothing to deserve this but the text says it bore ONLY LEAVES. You see, in the spring time there is a c...

September 1, 2017

            My pastor stood not more than fifteen feet in front of the congregation.  He had led us into the conversation of stumbling blocks, defining them as “a way of thinking, impregnated with hopelessness, contrary to God.” Raising his hands level with his eyes, he shielded his face partially from one of the overhead lights, explaining as he did so, that our negative and ungodly thoughts literally...

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