Numbering Our Days

“As for the days of our life, they contain seventy years, or if due to strength, eighty years, yet their span is but toil and trouble; for they are soon gone, and we fly away” (Psalm 90:10). Providential? Maybe not. But it just so happened that Psalm 90 was part of my...

Battlefield of the Mind

Recently I have been thinking about the incredible assault that we Christians are under as we live in a world that continually bombards us with the messages that are in tune with the “spirit of the age”. The airwaves and the internet are saturated with messages and...

True Security

One does not have to watch the news for very long to realize that we live in a dangerous world. One does not have to be on the battlefield to feel their security threatened. Everything from gated communities, home security systems, and an array of locks and dead bolts...

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...