SAUL … IN AGREEMENT

How long does one hold something over another person’s head?   You are in a conversation, in a group more-so, and a name is mentioned, someone quickly inserts an incident that took place or was supposed to have taken place thirty years previously.  It may be an insinuation with no accuracy, and yet the expression onContinue reading “SAUL … IN AGREEMENT”

HIGHWAY SCARS

Traveling the highway north and preparing for a visit with folk that I had not seen for several months, I came suddenly upon a large mark in the highway, immediately identifiable as a place where a large animal, probably a deer or steer, had been hit by a vehicle.  My mind was reflecting on theContinue reading “HIGHWAY SCARS”

FORGIVENESS

It is not without the providence of God that this subject follows upon the “two or three” message from Christ.  In fact, it all turns into one unfolding message! Jesus had spoken in the 15th and verses that follow concerning forgiveness.  Failure to deal with a matter means very simply that it will be dealtContinue reading “FORGIVENESS”

THRU MANY DANGERS, TOILS, & SNARES

A friend wrote recently, and quoted those words from Amazing Grace. (John Newton)  In comparison, I would like to believe that I never measured anything close to him by a fouled up life.  However, in our tendency to grade sin as bad, worse, or even so categorically as beyond the imagination, we would like toContinue reading “THRU MANY DANGERS, TOILS, & SNARES”

YOUR SINS FORGIVEN!

The Gospel of Mark is a must-read Book! Jesus is presented as the Servant. The servant goes about his business immediately. You will find that word, or its equivalent more than forty times in this Gospel. As the youngster would say, “He puts his pedal to the metal. We have been to Capernaum and asContinue reading “YOUR SINS FORGIVEN!”

BUILDING BRIDGES

An early segment of this construction involved the area at the Santa Maria River. It would become a major project that saw the erection of a new bridge and the demolition of an old one. It would be raised considerably, creating the necessity of new approaches and massive amounts of concrete around reinforcement steel toContinue reading “BUILDING BRIDGES”

FEELINGS

We are a “feeling” oriented society! I know, it has been that way since the beginning of history. I cannot locate the rest of that little poem, but the opening portion says: “Feelings come and feelings go, and feelings are deceiving…” Recall, if you will, the story of Genesis 25 concerning Jacob and Esau. AsContinue reading “FEELINGS”

FORGIVENESS

“Then Peter came to Him and said, ‘Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? Up to seven times?’” Matthew 18:21 A more gratuitous word cannot be heard, unless it has been repeated seventy times seven. I took a liking to Peter from the first day I read about him. HeContinue reading “FORGIVENESS”

READY TO THROW A STONE

Many are they who though unable to remember much of what the Scriptures say, are adept at recalling this story in John 8. Here we have another effort on the part of the Scribes and the Pharisees to entrap Jesus. To agree with those who supported this law would bring disagreement with those who opposedContinue reading “READY TO THROW A STONE”