Death by Degrees

Sunday morning during church I was singing to the Lord with my hands held high and my eyes closed. I tend to move a bit when I worship. When I opened my eyes I realized I was no longer facing the worship leader, but had unknowingly turned to the left. Although I don’t think anyone else noticed, I laughed at myself.  It’s easy to get off course, and it usually happens incrementally – little by little.  If a pilot calibrates his or her course and is off by just a little bit,… Read More

Enjoy Life with Your Wife!

“Enjoy life with the wife whom you love, all the days of your vain life that he has given you under the sun, because that is your portion in life and in your toil at which you toil under the sun.”‭‭Ecclesiastes‬ ‭9:9‬ ‭ESV‬‬ If Solomon’s quill represented his view of life, he seemed to write with the jaded ink of bitterness of soul when he wrote Ecclesiastes. Still, deep wisdom can be found tangled among his cynicism.  For example, although he seems to view life as meaningless, his encouragement to “enjoy life… Read More

Life Changes When We Pray

It was a turning point for Peter. It was a turning point for the church. It was a turning point for mankind. In a city called Joppa, God made it very clear that His Son had come not only to save Jews, but to save all people. It was a pivotal point in church history, and it was the direct result of Peter spending time in prayer. On the next day, as they were on their way and approaching the city, Peter went up on the housetop about the sixth hour to… Read More

Wisdom’s Whisper

The feelings of frustration tempt us to make impulsive and costly decisions. The waitress who walks out mid-shift because she’s having a bad night. The baseball player who quits mid-season because he is in a slump. The husband who walks out mid-marriage because he can’t handle the stress. Sometimes it’s good to pause in the midst of frustrating moments and listen for the voice of wisdom. Wisdom doesn’t yell, or weep, or beg. Wisdom whispers. Jesus told the parable of a frustrated vineyard owner: And He began telling this parable: “A man… Read More

Sticks and Stones…Practical Advice Regarding the Weaponry of Words

Few statements are more untrue than this: “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.” The truth is, words are powerful, because words are spiritual. They can be seeds to produce a harvest of blessing and peace, or swords to wound and destroy a person’s reputation. The world was created by God’s words. That same creative force has been given to us! Kingdoms, nations, businesses, churches, and marriages are either built up or destroyed by words. The writer of Proverbs said: “Death and life are in the… Read More