MEN OF WHOM THE WORLD WAS NOT WORTHY

One reads the news, or listens to it, and discovers suddenly that here is a person mentioned that I never knew before.  At the conclusion, I either feel as though I would appreciate knowing more about the individual, or I find a certain disdain toward them.  However, I am supposed to conclude that the individualContinue reading “MEN OF WHOM THE WORLD WAS NOT WORTHY”

DECEASED LETTER

Has it ever occurred to you that someday you may receive a letter from a deceased individual?  Well, when that happened to me about thirty five years ago, initially I was shocked, but then I began to give it a lot thought. My first thought was, “I am certain that there are few pastors whoContinue reading “DECEASED LETTER”

GOD GIVES ASSIGNMENTS

The Book of Exodus is just as the name suggests with the story of the Israelites being sent a man, Moses, to lead them from slavery to freedom.  From the very outset you gather the “incidents” that culminate in his leadership.  He has a couple of assistants in the likes of Aaron the Levite, andContinue reading “GOD GIVES ASSIGNMENTS”

SELECTIVE SEATING

Imagine for a moment that you are a part of the congregation of this newly established religious group that is called “Christian”.  You have listened closely to the message it has presented concerning Christ, and as a new found believer, you are made an “usher” in the church.  You are excited about your assignment, especiallyContinue reading “SELECTIVE SEATING”

BEEN THERE – DONE THAT

In the work of the Lord we are constantly pursuing in our thinking “ways” to improve the effectiveness of our ministry; and I am not alone in this area.  I would be remiss if I did not admit to ending my thinking in the trash can far more often than continuing to pursue the ideaContinue reading “BEEN THERE – DONE THAT”

BEEN TO A FUNERAL RECENTLY?

As a pastor over these many years, the number of funerals conducted has been extensive, and each one has some type of uniqueness to it.  I remember many of them, and recall what people wanted or did not want included.  The hardest was probably those of children; that does not surprise me, because I noticeContinue reading “BEEN TO A FUNERAL RECENTLY?”

NARCISSISM

You probably read it, just like many others.  President Obama’s step brother accused him of being a “narcissist”.  I have no intention of engaging in discussion on that apparent “family feud”.  Sometime ago I was reading in Galatians 6, when a thought along those lines entered my brain; it dealt with a thought concerning aContinue reading “NARCISSISM”

WHERE RIGHTEOUSNESS DWELLS

Try as we might, it is virtually impossible to talk about the throes of earth in the final days, without feeling that they are indescribable.   Even as early as the formation of the church following the resurrection of Jesus, they were aware that there would be a judgment that would destroy the entire earth andContinue reading “WHERE RIGHTEOUSNESS DWELLS”

THE WINGS OF A DOVE

I wrote recently about the many birds that come into our back yard.  They are all beautiful to watch and though we do not feed them, they must know how much they are appreciated by their daily return. A number of them are doves; whenever I take time to sit and watch them I noticeContinue reading “THE WINGS OF A DOVE”