MANIPULATIVE GIVING

Much is said in Scripture about giving, and additional thoughts surface constantly on tithing. The New Testament emphasizes giving that should originate in the heart of an individual as over against tithing. In reality, the Old Testament giver gave far more than 10% if you add all of his required gifts that should be broughtContinue reading “MANIPULATIVE GIVING”

CHAMELEONS

As children we found them a challenge to capture. We were fascinated with their ability to blend into their surroundings by changing color. We strove to be sure that our latest find surpassed everyone else’s. If I pause for a few minutes while writing, up comes the chameleon. He is a constant witness to meContinue reading “CHAMELEONS”

RECIPROCITY

Husbands, likewise, dwell with them with understanding, giving honor to the wife, as to the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life, that your prayers may not be hindered. 1 Peter 3:7 From the inherited old nature, people love to “get even”. There is somewhat of a conflict in the brain, but it is a seepingContinue reading “RECIPROCITY”

RUNNING A RACE

Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may obtain it. And everyone who competes for the prize is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a perishable crown, but we for an imperishable crown. 1 Corinthians 9:24-25 Is there anyone out there that hasContinue reading “RUNNING A RACE”

QUARRIED

In returning to Bermuda recently, I stood in the pouring rain for the funeral of a dear friend since childhood days. The pall bearers, because of the manner in which the graves are dug and covered with slate, found themselves standing on top of other graves. I was filled with emotion, thinking to myself howContinue reading “QUARRIED”

BE SEPARATE

“I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.” Romans 12:1-2 I recall so vividly thoseContinue reading “BE SEPARATE”

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”

DEATH

“Jesus answered and said to him, ‘Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.’” John 3:3 That word brings back all types of memories for a preacher, from the first funeral of the youngest person, or the suicides, or the teenagers, or that of your closest friends… evenContinue reading “DEATH”