The shortcut you think may save you time and grief may never get you to your destination. It may seem the quickest way. It promises to reroute you, past the hard incline, around the boulders, and over bogs. But it may well end in the thick of the forest, where it throws you into a tangle of briars and limbs and crevices from which you cannot extricate yourself. Continue reading
Who hasn’t heard someone say, after the gospel truth has been shared, “That’s just your interpretation”? To that, one could well reply, “Friend, this is the right interpretation, because Jesus said it was.” Continue reading
Turn or burn, they say? Well, yes, in a manner of speaking. But try these on for size. Continue reading
Judgment is a heavy word, especially if I’m the object of scrutiny. What I think I deserve, and what an independent, objective judge dishes out are miles apart. Continue reading
For my personal ministry I’ve outlined three basic principles of action.
1. EXAMPLE. Do everything to be imitated by the brethren and those coming to faith. Continue reading
King Zedekiah and the people didn’t want to listen or obey the word of God.
But neither King Zedekiah nor his attendants nor the people who were left in the land listened to what the Lord said through Jeremiah, Jer 37.2 NLT.
How we worry about other people’s opinion! We still show worldly values when we apply “social inclusion” in the church without the criteria of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Every plant that my Father in heaven has not planted will be pulled up by the roots. Stay away from the Pharisees. They lead the people, but they are like blind men leading other blind men. And if a blind man leads another blind man, both of them will fall into a ditch.
Matthew 15.13-14 ERV
Israel was God’s special nation among the pagans. It was a nation in the true sense of the word, with government, land, borders, states (tribes), and a population based on birth.
As such, the government was supposed to represent God’s will and promote it among the people. The government was first made up of judges and prophets. Then the people demanded to be ruled by a king, like the Gentiles. The king should encourage justice and righteousness and quickly punish evildoers. Continue reading
People are in spiritual need, but until they recognize the nature of that need, they will seek to satisfy it with a physical or material solution.
This soon fails, so people either ramp it up, or swap it out with equally poor options. Continue reading
What more could you want? Continue reading