In Western Civilization, specifically the United States, we live in an age of consumerism. Take a walk down a grocery aisle and look at the choices we have. Let's just start with tomatoes. You have a choice between grape, cherry, Roma, Heirloom, Big Boys and more, then with each of the varieties you have vine-ripened, … Continue reading Too Many Choices
I was in a grocery store when another customer dropped a bag of chips. Looking down at the chips, he took his right foot and kicked the bag partway under the shelves and grabbed another bag for his shopping cart. Later I was in a super-store and noticed a spill. Someone had dropped a glass … Continue reading Symptoms of Indifference
"Behold children are a heritage from the Lord, The fruit of the womb a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children of one's youth. Blessed is the man who fills his quiver with them!" Psalm 127:3-5 "Like arrows in the hands of a warrior." What a great statement! A well-skilled … Continue reading What Are You Aiming For?
O God, you are my God; earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you; my flesh faints for you, as in a dry and weary land where there is no water. So I have looked upon you in the sanctuary, beholding your power and glory. Because your steadfast love is better than life, my lips will … Continue reading Sunday, Sunday . . .
I have changed my route to the study. I travel an extra mile or two and have added a few minutes to my commute. I had too. My former route is a construction zone and going that way, although shorter, would add more time to my commute. My new route takes me through a school … Continue reading Bus Stops
This Sunday, August 12, 2018 is mine and Amy's 29th wedding anniversary. Twenty-nines years, how can we be married 29 years?!? But with nearly three decades of marriage I have some expertise. I have some things to share about marriage and preparing for marriage. With college students coming back on campus and students returning to … Continue reading Faithful Love
I am sitting here debating whether or not to tell you about the last few days. I think I should. I think you need to know about some of the events. I think I'll start back a week ago. On Tuesday, July 31, Amy's uncle, Joe Dodd, passed away at the age of 69 from … Continue reading For Everyone
A quick survey of the book of Acts in the Bible and you quickly realize that the early church grew. No they increased, make that multiplied. Last night after looking at the early chapters and the growth of the church in Acts 2:41, 47; Acts 4:4; Acts 5:14; Acts 6:1, 7; and Acts 8:4 we … Continue reading Rethinking Church Growth
I know the list in Proverbs 6, "There are six things that the LORD hates, seven that are an abomination to him: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked plans, feet that make haste to run to evil, a false witness who breathes out lies, and … Continue reading What God Really Hates
Does anybody really know that time it is? Chicago was not the first to ask that question, nor will I be the last. Time passes from sunrise to sunset and our life seems to vanish away like the morning fog. Using a calendar, we begin to see how little time we have. Consider this: if … Continue reading What is the Time?