Month: September 2012

Now I Know Better

NOW I KNOW BETTER As obedient children, do not be conformed to the former lusts which were yours in your ignorance.  I Peter 1:14             My mother and father are both in heaven.  Though it has been twenty-eight years since my mother died and ten … Continue reading Now I Know Better

Cornered

CORNERED Jesus was walking in the temple, in the colonnade of Solomon.  So the Jews gathered around him and said to him, "How long will you keep us in suspense?  If you are the Christ, tell us plainly."  John 10:23-24             The Jews 'gathered round … Continue reading Cornered

Jesus Changes The Subject

  JESUS CHANGES THE SUBJECT Jesus answered, "Very truly, I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God without being born from above."  John 3:3 Nicodemus came for a private teaching instruction from Jesus.  Instead of getting that, Jesus changed the topic entirely. … Continue reading Jesus Changes The Subject

Pessimist, Optimist, or Something Else?

PESSIMIST, OPTIMIST OR SOMETHING ELSE? So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day.  For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as … Continue reading Pessimist, Optimist, or Something Else?

“I Can’t Believe That!”

"I CAN'T BELIEVE THAT!" And the Scripture was fulfilled which says, "And Abraham believed God, and it was reckoned to him as righteousness," and he was called the friend of God.  James 2:23             There are few things more painful than not being believed.  When … Continue reading “I Can’t Believe That!”

Oaths

OATHS   But above all, do not swear, either by heaven or by earth or with any other oath; but let your yes be yes, and your no, no, so that you may not fall under judgment.  James 5:12             The Jews in James' time … Continue reading Oaths

The Best Laid Plans

THE BEST LAID PLANS You boast in your arrogance, all such boasting is evil.  James 4:16             I'd love to have a count of how many planning meetings happen on Monday mornings; both in business and in ministry.  Those in leadership have, most likely, invested … Continue reading The Best Laid Plans

When I Re-write God’s Laws

WHEN I REWRITE GOD’S LAW Do not speak against one another, brethren.  He who speaks against a brother, or judges his brother, speaks against the law, and judges the law, but if you judge the law, you are not a doer of the law, but … Continue reading When I Re-write God’s Laws

Humble Yourself!

HUMBLE YOURSELF! Humble yourself in the sight of the Lord and He will lift you up.  James 4:10             What would you do if someone thought you to be proud, then told you to ~  ‘Humble yourself!’  Let me share with you what I used … Continue reading Humble Yourself!

Am I The Right Audience?

AM I THE RIGHT AUDIENCE? Be miserable and mourn and weep; let your laughter be turned into mourning, and your joy into gloom.  James 4:9             As a young child, I lived nervous and quiet most of the time.  In school, I was usually the … Continue reading Am I The Right Audience?