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A Gentle Answer

Can you imagine apologizing for your Christian faith or behavior? I don’t mean saying “I’m sorry” when you speak or act as a Christian should. I mean did you ever have a chance to defend or explain your lifestyle as a Christian or your way of thinking? Defending or...

Begin Anew

January lends itself to self-examination:  out with the old, in with the new.   If you haven’t noticed, we serve a God who does “new” very well.  The Israelites had been 400 years in slavery in Egypt and he sent Moses to do a new thing among...

Growing in Grace

Grace is NOT a Blue-eyed Blonde is the title of a book by a Christian counselor. But we knew that already. Indeed, many of us have heard grace defined as either God’s unmerited favor or, using the acronym GRACE, as “God’s Riches At Christ’s Expense.” “Grace” is a...

Glory of God in a Wee Babe

I have family members who are not members of God’s family (yet).  One of them, knowing my faith, reminds me upon occasion that she does not need “a white male to save her.”  I forget that the culture in the USA usually shows Jesus as a white male. ...

The Prophet Who (Almost) Couldn’t Believe

Habakkuk (hu-BACK-uk) didn’t know whether to curse or cry when he saw sin of every kind around him. Injustice, immorality, greed, violence, and fake religion were just part of his nation’s sin. But God’s answer to all this seemed as bad as the sin. God was sending the...

WHEN IT ISN’T ALL TINSEL AND JINGLE BELLS

It is tinsel time.  And jingle bells. However, not every person is jolly this time of year.  As the tinsel goes up, for some, the soul drops into despair.   I have a very short word of hope for this:  God.  He is the first and the last...

Homemade Religion

OK, it isn’t the greatest mystery in the world. But, those goods in the store that say “home made,” in whose home were they made? Are stores implying the ingredients for these goods were chosen with loving care then prepared with personal, loving interest, maybe even...

Chutes and Ladders

Most of us played a game in childhood called “Chutes and Ladders”  (or perhaps “Snakes and Ladders”?).  All players start in one corner of the game board with the objective of getting to another corner of the board along a meandering path.  Along the...

Trusting God

The chorus of an old hymn begins with “Trust Me, try Me, prove Me says the Lord of Hosts.” The words reflect God’s challenge to His people in Malachi 3:8-10. In those verses God challenges His people to trust Him, bring Him their whole tithe, and to discover that He...

Walking Among Immortals

A good friend of mine recently sent me an excerpt from a C.S. Lewis’ sermon called “Weight of Glory”.  In this sermon, Mr. Lewis admonished that every person who comes into your presence is immortal.  Whatever you think of them, this is an immortal: a person...

Now More than Ever Prayer Guide Day 39

1 Timothy 2:1-6 First of all, then, I urge that petitions, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for everyone, 2 for kings and all those who are in authority, so that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity. 3 This is good, and...

Now More than Ever Prayer Guide Day 38

1 Timothy 2:1-4 First of all, then, I urge that petitions, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for everyone, 2 for kings and all those who are in authority, so that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity. 3 This is good, and...

Now More than Ever Prayer Guide Day 37

1 Timothy 2:1-2 First of all, then, I urge that petitions, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for everyone, 2 for kings and all those who are in authority, so that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity. Proverbs 21:1...

Peace of Mind and Heart

Charlie Johnson was my boss and occasionally he would call me to come to his office. But I was in Columbia, Missouri, and Charlie’s office was thirty miles away. Still, when he called, I stopped what I was doing and drove those miles—with great peace of mind. Don’t...

Now More than Ever Prayer Guide Day 36

1 Timothy 2:1-6 First of all, then, I urge that petitions, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for everyone, 2 for kings and all those who are in authority, so that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity. 3 This is good, and...

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