Take time to give thanks

It is at this time of year when many people, regardless of their spiritual condition or social status, begin to reflect on giving thanks. I have always wondered whom atheists thank for their many blessings. Could their doxology possibly be, “Praise no one from whom all blessings flow”? That doesn’t just sound hollow, it sounds … Continue reading Take time to give thanks

Only God can tame this beast

What weighs less than two ounces, works almost constantly for 16 hours a day, and cannot be controlled by either man or woman? The mighty tongue. I know what Charles Wesley meant when he wrote “O for a Thousand Tongues to Sing,” but we just couldn’t survive it. 999 of them would be gossiping or … Continue reading Only God can tame this beast

A difficult year to judge the presidential candidates

Samuel looked at the Jesse’s sons to see which one the Lord would choose as king to replace Saul. As soon as the prophet laid eyes on Jesse’s firstborn, Eliab, he thought, “Surely this is the one!” But then the Lord said, “Do not look at his appearance or on the height of his stature, … Continue reading A difficult year to judge the presidential candidates

Faith is obeying God in spite of consequence

Someone has said that faith is not “believing in spite of evidence but obeying in spite of consequence.” Abraham did that. He left his home at God’s command, and went to a place he knew nothing about. He obeyed God when he was told to take Isaac as a boy and sacrifice him on an … Continue reading Faith is obeying God in spite of consequence

Motivation for the times we face today

As we slog through a very painful election cycle, I am reminded of a book I read several years ago. John Piper’s book, "Don’t Waste Your Life," reminds us of what is significant when we can easily feel bludgeoned or discouraged by what we see happening in our nation and in the world around us. … Continue reading Motivation for the times we face today

Restored friendship sweeter than revenge

The story goes that a Korean houseboy was hired by a group of American soldiers during the war to take care of their needs. The soldiers liked this young man, but they tormented him mercilessly. They nailed his shoes to the floor while he slept. They put grease on the stove handles, and mounted a … Continue reading Restored friendship sweeter than revenge