You always want your work to make a splash in the world, especially when you are striving to do the Lord’s will and want everything to be for his glory. When it doesn’t go the way you think, you wonder why. A verse we studied in Sunday School this morning may be the key: “My … More When things are upside down
I took a beautiful drive out to my brother’s house today. He lives in the country. It was a wonderful, sun-shiny day, so I enjoyed the scenery as I headed out of town. On the way there, I marveled at the high level of the creek along the windy road; full after so many rainy … More Giving Him the Right of Way
You never know when God is going to surprise you. I had a beautiful surprise today–in fact, it gave me such joy, I shed tears while at my desk at work. Today, through a simple forty-five second voice message, a dear sister refreshed my soul. She knew of Raouf’s love for the Libyan people. She … More Good news from a distant land
Read Luke 16:10-12. Jesus was telling his disciples a parable. It’s an unusual one about a manager who was getting fired for being wasteful. Before others learned of his demise, he cut deals with the owner’s clients in order to gain their favor. When his boss found out, he was actually impressed with his shrewdness. … More What if I can’t be trusted?
Read Matthew 19:16-30. His was an honest, but misdirected question. “Teacher, what good thing must I do to get eternal life?” After all, many people ask that question today. They are trying to do that one good thing that will tip their scale of good works to insure a happy ending for their life to come. … More What if I want to be perfect?
Read Matthew 18:15-20. Have you ever been wronged? That’s the opposite of righted, right? Being wronged hurts. It makes you want to yell out, “that’s not fair!” It’s certainly not right, because it’s wrong. Do you know what’s worse than being wronged? Being wronged by a person who says they follow Jesus just like you … More What if someone does me wrong?
Read Matthew 16:21-28. Peter had just made a great confession: “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” Wow, that’s powerful stuff, and truth at that. Jesus recognized it as something that Peter could only have declared by the power of God, and blessed him for it. At this point, Peter must have … More What if I can’t deny myself?
Quiet Christmas, Noisy Christmas — Christmas all the same. Grief Christmas, Happy Christmas — Both in one great day. Single Christmas, Family Christmas — No matter who’s around. The day is special, not because of what we get or give; It’s not about size of the crowd, or food or trees or music. It’s meaning … More Christmas
It’s easy to get into a slump during the holidays. So many things bring it on — a death of a loved one, another anniversary of that loss, a child marrying and beginning their own traditions, a move, a…well, you fill in the blank. My list could go on forever it seems. Why do holidays … More Remembering the Reason for the Season
My week started with a glimpse of heaven. I attended a worship service where all the ethnic churches of the Tennessee Baptist Convention were gathered. I listened to the beautiful Korean choir, enjoyed the sways of the Sudanese singers and gloried in my Lord, as we sang “How Great is our God” in multiple languages. … More Unnatural Disasters