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Heaven On Earth

In Exodus (second book of the Bible) God tells us that He “will dwell among the people of Israel and will be their God” (Exodus 29:45). Millennia later, John, the writer of Revelation, tells us he “heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will […]

The Power of Possessions

Jesus was speaking to a young man who was blessed financially and had few concerns regarding material possessions and his financial stability. “Now as Jesus was starting out on his way, someone ran up to him, fell on his knees, and said, “Good teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” Jesus said to […]

The Dangers of Traditions

My family has a number of traditions. Good ones that remind us of our connection to each other and that often celebrate special occasional. With one daughter our tradition, on both Christmas and her birthday, is to go for lunch together and then to the local bookstore to add to her collection of books. We […]

Steps and Stops

The Psalmist wrote that “the steps of a man are established by the Lord, when he delights in His way” (Psalm 37:23). But someone has wisely observed that God lovingly orders not only our steps but also out stops. At one point in his second apostolic journey, the apostle Paul experienced successive divine “stops” within […]

The Revolutionary Message of the Gospel

The Revolutionary Message of the Gospel Paul writes to the Christians in the city of Rome The political center of power in the vast Roman Empire  Romans 1:16 NET “For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is Godʼs power for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to […]

An Ancient City and God’s Judgment

I recently reread the book of Jonah in the Old Testament. You know, the story of the prophet of old who was in rebellion to the call of God on his life. And, in the process of running from God is thrown overboard and swallowed by a great fish. Now, don’t get caught up in […]

Theology or Bible-based Common Sense

A few weeks back there was a news item that caught my attention. And, over the past few weeks I have frequently thought about it, mulling over the details and wondering how we have reached this stage in the “Christian faith” (note the quotation marks). Let me summarize the news item in case you missed […]

Becoming a Disciplined Person – Part Four

The final step in being self-disciplined is #6 … 6> FOLLOW THROUGH, EVEN WHEN IT HURTS People usually don’t quit striving for their future, their dream, their destiny because it suddenly is no longer worth the effort. They quit because they are not willing to pay the price of being self-discipled. They are not willing […]

Becoming a Disciplined Person – Part Three

This is the third in a series on becoming more disciplined in your life and ministry … 5> BE AWARE OF TIME I have never known a person who lacked awareness of time who was self-disciplined. Successful people, people who accomplish things in life, are time conscious; they know how they spend the time they […]