Guarding the Mouth

“Let no unwholesome word proceed from your mouth, but only such a word as is good for edification according to the need of the moment, so that it will give grace to those who hear” (Ephesians 4:29). God’s word has much to say about the words of our mouths. Both the...

Reconciliation

Today, for the second time in two months, I preached at the morning worship service of a small rural church twenty-five miles from Truckee. A total of ten people were in attendance. Following the service that consisted of two worship songs, the sermon, and a closing...

Self-Effort vs. Grace

How often, as Christians, do we find ourselves trying to add something to the pure simplicity of the Gospel? The truth of the matter is, when Jesus said, “It is finished!” He meant it. There is nothing we can add to, “It is finished!” No amount of effort on our part...

Pondering

A song from the Jesus Movement of the early 1970’s has been running through my mind today. The lyrics go like this, “The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases. His mercies never come to an end. They are new every morning, new every morning. Great is Thy Faithfulness...

The Presence of God

One of the jewels that occupies the treasure chest of my library is a little book titled The Practice of the Presence of God by Brother Lawrence. Brother Lawrence was 17th Carmelite monk, who worked in the monastery’s kitchen. In his little book, Brother Lawrence...

Clothed with Humility

“Clothe yourselves, all of you, with humility towards one another, for God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble” (I Peter 5:5). While reading the above verse in my morning devotions, I paused to think just how often we hear or use words like humility,...

God, The Sovereign One

Though I am not going to quote the whole chapter here, I invite you to take some time and read Psalm 139. This Psalm heralds the sovereignty of God. It shows us that nothing is unknown to Him and that no one is unknown to Him and that nothing in the cosmos happens...

Whose Agenda?

It is funny how, when God is determined to speak to you, He meets you at every turn. Whether it is reading the Bible, a devotional, or the back of the corn flakes box. Well, today has been one of those days for me and I am still reeling from what He has spoken to my...