SINCE LAST SEPTEMBER, I’ve been a discussion leader in the Alpha evangelism program on Thursday nights at our church. It’s an international program that’s been around since 1990. You probably know about it. Each night participants streamed into the auditorium and made their way to their tables. Well, not all of them streamed-in. There were … Continue reading Gray-haired Heroes of Faith
Spiritually speaking, the only thing we have in suffering is what we bring with us. In other words, we must cultivate a strong and loving relationship with God before we are stressed, pressed, or transgressed.
Is God’s forgiveness enough, or does complete forgiveness require self-forgiveness? The biblical answer is: “God's forgiveness completely absolves us of our sin.” Self-forgiveness, is not a biblical concept. However, our emotions are quite real and we must distinguish between the efficacy of God’s forgiveness of sin and the management of our grief and self-condemnation. We … Continue reading Is Self-forgiveness Biblical?
Pursuing Christlikeness was of paramount importance to committed believers in past centuries. Strategies for developing the fruit of the Spirit and Christlike virtue prompted much discussion and analysis, both verbal and written. They painstakingly considered all facets of these character qualities to determine how best to live them out in their daily lives. Quite frankly, … Continue reading External Humility
I first read Gordon MacDonald’s Ordering Your Private World when it was originally released in 1984. He had been our pastor at Grace Chapel in Lexington, Massachusetts, for the prior two years where everyone affectionately called him Pastor Mac. Today, he is the chancellor at Denver Seminary. When the book was released, I was in … Continue reading Ordering Your Private World (2017) – Review
The son of one of Herod’s royal officials was close to death. The official traveled 18 miles up to Cana in the hope of successfully pleading with Jesus to return with him to Capernaum to heal his son.... His father was desperate. The boy’s life depended upon Jesus to act. Jesus, however, simply said, “Go, … Continue reading Pleading for a Miracle – John 4:30-54
God’s glorious presence filled the tabernacle that Moses built in the wilderness, and the temple that Solomon built in Jerusalem. However, Jesus Christ is the supreme revelation of God’s glory. He is God in the flesh. In Him God dwelt, or, more accurately in the Greek, “tabernacled” among us. The love of God the Father, … Continue reading God’s Glory in Christ – John 1:1-34
It's popular to pray using some of the near 500 names, titles, and attributes of God found in the Bible. A study of these words is good and beneficial in furthering one’s understanding of God in the Old and New Testaments. For such a study, I highly recommend John Avery’s excellent book The Name Quest.1 In … Continue reading To What Name Should We pray?
I have a chronic neuro-muscular condition called Cervical Dystonia. I was diagnosed in 2014. Like a wrecking ball, it shattered my once active life. I used to fly us around the Pacific Northwest in our plane. I used to practice karate. I used to do a lot of things. This is the first time I've revealed my … Continue reading God is with us in our pain
Stomach flu, or gastroenteritis, is, to put it politely, unpleasant. I seemed to have suffered from it more often than other children. I dreaded the experience. No one, I’m sure, ever happily said, “I have a stomach flu and can’t wait for the finale.” But it appeared to affect me more severely than most. Fortunately, … Continue reading Oh God, HEAL ME!