Words have Meaning and Context Matters

How would you respond if you were outside working and saw a man dressed in camouflage with a gun slung over his shoulder, heading in your direction? Today you likely would immediately head inside and call 911. Several years ago my good friend got lost turkey hunting in a large public hunting land in centralContinue reading “Words have Meaning and Context Matters”

How are You Spending your Time?

I remember walking with a friend at a local park on a beautiful spring day.  A man on a motorcycle rode by us on the entrance road. He promptly made a U-turn and exited the park. He was obviously taking a joy ride on a such a nice day.  Continuing our walk, we heard aContinue reading “How are You Spending your Time?”

What’s pulling your Train – the Engine or the Caboose?

Often decisions about what is right and what is wrong are defined according to what one feels. Feelings motivate people to do a whole host of things. As a young boy I was hammering on a piece of wood. I hit my thumb. In anger I swung the hammer again and hit my thumb aContinue reading “What’s pulling your Train – the Engine or the Caboose?”

Are you Walking in Darkness?

I lived about ten years earlier in life in spiritual darkness. When walking in darkness you live without the influence of spiritual light. I had a relationship with God through faith in Christ, but I lived in darkness for a number of years. If you live in darkness, you have no fellowship with God. WeContinue reading “Are you Walking in Darkness?”

True Wisdom

Self-help books abound. People want to be successful. But what is needed to be successful is to live according to God’s wisdom. “Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom” (Prov. 4:7). God’s wisdom is opposite of the world’s wisdom. It’s not about fame, riches, power, and control. Godly wisdom begins with the fear ofContinue reading “True Wisdom”

Who Lights up Your Life?

Have you ever been in complete darkness?  Most of us have experienced the loss of electricity due to a thunderstorm, but even then there is usually ambient light from outside sources.  Total darkness is a fearful experience. And that is what God brought upon the Egyptians. Can You Feel Darkness? There was thick darkness inContinue reading “Who Lights up Your Life?”

Scary Bible Verses – 4 “I Will Vomit You out of My Mouth!”

“I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I could wish you were cold or hot. So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth. (Rev. 3:15, 16) In a Bible study I attended, a person passionately implied that Jesus would send you to hellContinue reading “Scary Bible Verses – 4 “I Will Vomit You out of My Mouth!””

Scary Bible Verses

Often when we read the Bible we come across verses that cause us to fear. It may be that we have listened to someone who wrongly explained the verse. Typically a wrong understanding comes from misunderstanding the context. This month I am going to write about some that have caused me angst in the past.Continue reading “Scary Bible Verses”

Excerpt 5 – from Chapter 4, Three Tenses of Salvation; Assurance of Heaven Book

I was a Christian for twenty years before I began to realize the Bible taught not only that a believer has been saved but is also being saved and one day will be saved. This spiritual truth surfaced after I began to read and study the Bible. Salvation is not only a past event; itContinue reading “Excerpt 5 – from Chapter 4, Three Tenses of Salvation; Assurance of Heaven Book”

Redeem the Time

As I walked at a nearby park, I remembered a similar day several years ago walking with a friend.  It was a day, if I recall correctly, in the spring.  A man on a motorcycle rode passed us on the entrance road and promptly made a U-turn exiting the park. He was clearly on aContinue reading “Redeem the Time”