Posts from March 2017

Do You Have The Right Perspective?

“Do not love the world, or the things in the world.  If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.  For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the boastful pride of life, is not from the Father, but…

The Greatest Invitation

Come, all you who are thirsty, come to the waters; and you who have no money, come, buy and eat!—Isaiah 55:1   During a recent week, I received several invitations in the mail. Those inviting me to attend “free” seminars on retirement, real estate, and life insurance were immediately thrown away. But the invitation to…

Trial By Fire

Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life. —James 1:12   Last winter while visiting a natural history museum in Colorado, I learned some remarkable facts about the aspen tree. An entire grove of slender, white-trunked aspens can grow from a single…

Look Who Shows Up

My friend Roy was sitting on a park bench one morning as he watched a little guy struggling to get on the school bus that stopped just a few feet away. He was leaning down frantically trying to “un-knot” a knotted shoestring. All of a sudden it was too late—the door was closing. The little…

God Always Keeps His Promises

From then on Jesus began to tell His disciples plainly that it was necessary for Him to go to Jerusalem, and that He would suffer many terrible things at the hands of the elders, the leading priests, and the teachers of religious law. He would be killed, but on the third day He would be…

East Meets West

Who are you to judge someone else’s servant? —Romans 14:4   When students from Southeast Asia met a teacher from North America, the visiting instructor learned a lesson. After giving his class their first multiple-choice test, he was surprised to find many questions left unanswered. While handing back the corrected papers, he suggested that, next…

Why Do We Pray?

[Jesus] said to [his disciples], “When you pray, say: Father, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come.” – Luke 11:2   (NRSV) My daughter Alexis is an active three-year-old who loves to talk. Her favorite question is, “Why?” Many days we have in-depth conversations about why I go to work, why she goes to school,…

What is Worship?

Exactly what is worship?  I like King David’s definition: “O magnify the LORD with me, and let us exalt His name together” (Psalm 34:3   NASB). Worship is the act of magnifying God. Enlarging our vision of him.  As we draw nearer, he seems larger. Isn’t that what we need? A big view of God?…

His Wonderful Face

Look to the Lord and his strength; seek his face always. —1 Chronicles 16:11   My four-year-old son is full of questions, and chatters constantly. I love talking with him, but he’s developed an unfortunate habit of talking to me even when his back is turned. I often find myself saying, “I can’t hear you—please…

The Most Important Passage in the Whole of Scripture

I have been teaching a weekly Bible study on the book of Romans to women in the Charlotte community. For the last several months, we have been plodding our way through the first three chapters as Paul has laid out his case that all mankind—Jew and Gentile—are sinful and rightly under the judgment of God. …