After

After

Before I go too far into this story, I need to explain that for most of my life I lived in areas where everyone had an incinerator in their back yard, in which they burned their cardboard and paper trash. I often found myself before an incinerator following the...

Joseph’s Secret

Joseph’s Secret

Has anyone in history kept a secret better than Joseph the husband of Mary, the mother of Jesus? We talk a lot about Mary’s part in the Savior’s birth and what a sacrifice she made when she said to the angel Gabriel, “Be it done unto me according to your word.” Mary’s...

God’s Fault?

God’s Fault?

“Whenever a man’s folly brings his way to ruin, his heart rages against the Lord” (Proverbs 19:3). In January of 2021, I will begin my 45th year of pastoral ministry. Over those years I have spent countless hours engaged in pastoral counseling. And more times than I...

In the Bleachers or On the Field

In the Bleachers or On the Field

“Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but only one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may win. I run in such away, as not without aim; I box in such a way, as not beating the air; I discipline my body and make my slave…so that, I myself...

The Last Days?

The Last Days?

“The end of all things is at hand; therefore, be self-controlled and sober-minded…” (I Peter 4:7). “Children, it is the last hour, and as you have heard that antichrist is coming, so now many antichrists have come. Therefore, we know that it is the last hour” (I John...

Change is Inevitable

Change is Inevitable

I just did an online search of the phrase, “Change is Inevitable.” Variations of the phrase and explanations of it filled page after page on my computer screen. I kept scrolling until I noticed a number at the bottom of the page. The number of search results that were...

The Dangers of Drifting

The Dangers of Drifting

“Therefore, we must pay much closer attention to what we have heard, lest we drift away from it” (Hebrews 2:1). I have always been fascinated by this verse because it is a warning, given to Christians, concerning a very subtle danger in the lives of us all, drifting....

Homesick

Homesick

Every once in a while, I find myself so very homesick for a place that I have not yet been. This same longing filled the heart of the Apostle Paul and he mentioned it from time to time. “I prefer to be absent from this body and to be at home with the Lord” (II...