Posts from May 2017

Lookalikes

We all . . . are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.—2 Corinthians 3:18   They say we all have one: Doppelgangers some call them. Lookalikes. People unrelated to us who look very much like us. Mine happens to be a star in the…

Be Grateful

“How’s life?” someone asks. And we who have been resurrected from the dead say, Well, things could be better. Or… I couldn’t get a parking place. Or…My parents won’t let me move to Hawaii. Or… People won’t leave me alone so I can finish my sermon on selfishness. Really? Are you so focused on what…

Defending God

A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.—Proverbs 15:1   The anti-God bumper stickers covering the car seized the attention of a university professor. As a former atheist himself, the professor thought perhaps the owner wanted to make believers angry. “The anger helps the atheist to justify his atheism,” he…

No Regrets

Do not say, “Why were the old days better than these?” For it is not wise to ask such questions. – Ecclesiastes 7:10   (NIV) While doing some spring cleaning, I came across a dust-covered bag. I expected it to be filled with useless old papers. Instead I was surprised to find old letters, cards,…

The Cure For Selfishness

Love builds up relationships; selfishness erodes relationships! The apostle Paul is urgent in is appeal. “Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit” (Philippians 2:3   NASB). But aren’t we born selfish? And if so, can we do anything about it? Or better asked, can we get the little self out of our eyes? According to…

Finding The Way Out

God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.—1 Corinthians 10:13   There’s a street with an intriguing name in the city of Santa Barbara, California. It’s called “Salsipuedes,” which means…

Prepare The Child

We will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the Lord, his power, and the wonders he has done.—Psalm 78:4   A phrase on many parenting websites says, “Prepare the child for the road, not the road for the child.” Instead of trying to remove all obstacles and pave the way for the children…

Keep Your Heart In Tune

Jesus said, “Abide in me as I abide in you. Just as the branch cannot bear fruit by itself unless it abides in the vine, neither can you unless you abide in  – John 15:4   (NRSV) I woke up one morning, singing a song that my classmates and I sang many years before at…

Wearing Jesus

Paul said, “All of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ”  (Galatians 3:27   NIV). We wear Jesus! And those who don’t believe in Jesus note what we do. They make decisions about Christ by watching us. When we are kind, they assume Christ is kind. When we’re gracious, they assume…

Three Keys To Becoming A True Prayer Warrior

I heard of a survey conducted by a large Christian ministry. They wanted to see the type of homes their staff members were raised in. The results were very interesting. The study revealed that most of the staff came from either a strong Christian family or a non-Christian family. Very few of them came from…