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Saturday, October 21, 2017

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"So he departed from there, and found Elisha the son of Shaphat, who was plowing with twelve yoke of oxen before him, and he was with the twelfth. Then Elijah passed by him and threw his mantle on him." 1 Kings 19:19Sometimes God speaks after a big bang. Elisha, on the other hand, was called without a word.Elijah knew that God was preparing to replace him. He had done some fantastic things himself, yet he seemed to be running out of steam. He no longer had the emotion that God needed in His spokesman. Thus, Elijah was told that Elisha would replace him, and Elijah would be the one... Read More

"Being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus" Romans 3:24There is an old rock & roll song that implied that the best thing about breaking up was the making up. I can certainly agree with that. Janette and I have had our differences in the past. They were not pleasant, but they were well balanced by the make-up process. Don't get me wrong. I do not encourage you to break up -- or even have a fight -- just so you can make up. The problem is that the latter may never happen. Don't take the chance. But it does bring up a spiritual point that... Read More

Today's Message: "Bear one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ." Galatians 6:2 In a traditional wedding ceremony, the couple vows to love each other "in sickness and in health, for richer or poorer, for better or worse." According to I Corinthians 13, this quality of endurance is characteristic of Agape love whether that love be for a spouse, a friend, a co-worker, family member, fellow Christian or someone to whom you are ministering. We are called to "bear one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ" (Galatians 6.2)Within any type of relationship, difficulties... Read More

"For our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will transform our lowly body that it may be conformed to His glorious body, according to the working by which He is able even to subdue all things to Himself." Phil 3:20-21I've said it before and I'll say it again. We cling far too hard to this life. We all claim to want to go to heaven -- but not today! We become ill with a possibly terminal disease -- and we fight it with all our resources. We want to stay alive. Why?There is the need of family and responsibilities. We want... Read More

When you enter a courtroom, there is one thing and one thing only that counts in judging a defendant - evidence. You have to have all the relevant facts to make a decision about the case. If you don't have all the facts then under our system of juris prudence you have to acquit because you cannot be sure the person is guilty.It's too bad people didn't apply the same logic to their judgements outside the courtroom. We jump right in judging other Christians behavior. Yet, do we really have all the evidence? No we don't. We simply don't know enough to judge someone else.For instance, we don't... Read More

Racial profiling is a volatile and hot-button issue, which pits our ever-increasing desire for personal safety in an era of terror and violence against the desperate defense of our civil rights as their systemic erosion seems more and more inevitable. We all like to think we know what criminals look like, but then realize that not everyone that looks like our stereotypical criminal is one nor does every criminal fit such a description. Bernie Madoff looks about has harmless as your accountant, yet perpetrated the world’s greatest fraud; while Chad Ochocinco (of Cincinnati Bengals fame) looks... Read More

I do love good group conversation. Done right, it’s way more entertaining than TV. Not to mention the social benefits. But sadly, it’s a dying art. These days people are so busy IMing or watching TV, or whatever, that throw them in a face to face conversation, and they have no clue. Either they sit there like a deer in headlights. Or they contribute, but continually break the flow with off-mark comments. So, as a service to group conversations everywhere, I thought I’d share a few unspoken rules-of-thumb I’ve observed over the years.

1. Obey the flow: It’s important to realize... Read More

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