Death is not the end. It's only the period on the first sentence of your life.
Sunday, September 27, 2020
I am seeing numerous posts from people I love to the effect, "You can't be a Christian and vote ________." The party isn't mentioned because I am seeing well written (although flawed) articles from both sides. Let me address this simply- Being a Christian is not about your vote, it's about your relationship with God and others. Jesus made it simple- "Love the Lord with all your heart, soul and mind and love your neighbor as yourself." Those are the requirements for a Christian. All the rest is personal conviction. We each are accountable to God for how we live out those convictions. You and I will each stand before God and give account for how we lived our lives. Live out your convictions, follow the Lord's leading for you and don't get offended when someone sees things differently....just love them and pray for them.
Wednesday, August 26, 2020
This morning these words came to my thoughts. Words of an old hymn that, in years past, we sang until we knew it by heart. Perhaps we have forgotten the message but it is still true. They go like this...
Thursday, August 20, 2020
"The fashion today is to place God in court and give Him a trial. We have had such a lust for “debunking” every good and useful man in history that even God cannot escape. It is one of the unfortunate by-products of the quest for truth, plus an unlovely hunger in humanity for scandal. It is a species of jealousy. We dislike to believe that anybody else is quite as good as we are, not even God." -Frank Laubach, 1931
Tuesday, August 18, 2020
"Having it all together" isn't what makes you useful. Being broken but available is what makes you useful to the world around you. Those who are hurting aren't looking for someone who is perfect, they are looking for others who were broken but found hope and peace through the brokenness. It's always through your wounds that others find healing.
Tuesday, June 30, 2020
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Friday, June 19, 2020
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Thursday, January 23, 2020
Sunday, January 12, 2020
I'm old enough that I get to do that.
As I look back on my life I realize I have not been qualified for any of the jobs I have ever gotten. I was given positions I was not qualified for, should have never gotten, but God opened doors I never saw, provided for us in ways I never imagined and led in paths I never knew were there. And, as we have wandered through our days here I realize that although it looks like a series of accidental encounters they were all divine appointments.
God had his fingers in everything.
How could I ever worry again as I look back and see God involved in everything that has ever happened? When he says, "My grace is sufficient..." he means so much more than we could ever imagine.
Friday, January 10, 2020
Fear and anxiety linger at the fringes of our lives waiting for the opportunity to overwhelm us. These emotions are constant reminders of how thin and fragile our faith in God really is. I think this is why God has to constantly remind us, "Do not be afraid!" Why? Because there is a God who is fully in control of the events of our lives. He has never lost control. Everything that comes to us has to pass through his hands.