LIVING STONES

Each stone was perfect to the point that it became obvious to those who are familiar with such construction, it was a façade.  Nevertheless, it was beautiful and caught our attention the moment we entered the building. We had arrived in Grand Rapids, Minnesota, to celebrate with the congregation at Grace Bible Chapel the dedicationContinue reading “LIVING STONES”

BRAND MARKS – PART 1

While much has been argued from the liberal and conservative sides of politics, of one side or the other, long ago I came to the conclusion that the majority of people have left God out of the matter.  Even when the Scriptures have been used, all too often they are used in a most haphazardContinue reading “BRAND MARKS – PART 1”

ADDING/SCATTERING

A large portion of my growing up days was in a house attached to a Lighthouse.  It made for interesting times.  Perhaps the most exciting of times, when a hurricane would “invade” the Island! To describe all of the times would be unnecessary, because there was much that was alike, but not always.  The winds,Continue reading “ADDING/SCATTERING”

HUBS AND SPOKES

In the process of fulfilling my responsibilities, quite frequently I pass a home with a most interesting display in the front yard.  There is this old wagon from another era sitting on the corner of the front yard. As you travel through our area of the country, you run into this scene quite frequently.  PerhapsContinue reading “HUBS AND SPOKES”

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”

DEACONS

Various churches, denominations, have a structured organization that consists of Pastors, Elders, Deacons, and an assortment of titles that lend itself to their particular function. Some pastors have no trouble adjusting to these structures; while for others there is the necessity of sticking as close as possible to words utilized in the Scriptures or theirContinue reading “DEACONS”

THE CHURCH IN TYPE

… Be filled with the Spirit … Speak to one another in psalms, hymns, spiritual songs, making melody to the Lord. … Giving thanks for ALL THINGS in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ to God the father … Subject to one another in the fear of Christ … Wives be subject to yourContinue reading “THE CHURCH IN TYPE”

BARNABAS

A situation develops of a disagreement in opinion, and sometimes it gets a little explosive. People who are intent that it is of significance; others are ready to say “let it go”. Then, there are those who feel that in time it will show itself to be either good or bad, just let it sitContinue reading “BARNABAS”

ANOTHER BASKET CASE

Remember that we spoke of Moses in a basket; well now we have an adult and a basket. Paul the Apostle had been saved while preparing to destroy the church that was multiplying in Damascus, and he had letters certifying that he was on a legal assignment. Jesus appeared to him in the form ofContinue reading “ANOTHER BASKET CASE”