The Shackles of Addiction

The Shackles of Addiction The LORD is known by the judgment which he executeth: the wicked is snared in the work of his own hands. Higgaion. Selah.  Psalm 9:16 The evil works we are addicted to snares or shackles us.  When we are doing what we feel makes us free, we may be in factContinue reading “The Shackles of Addiction”

In Search of Contentment, Pt. 6

Continuing the thought of things that can only come from Jesus: The Present of Today.  One clever thinker got it right: “Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, and today is a gift––that is why it is called the present.”  Proverbs 27:1 teaches: Boast not thyself of to morrow; for thou knowest not what a day mayContinue reading “In Search of Contentment, Pt. 6”

Letting God Grow You

“Now the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, Make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is wellpleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom be glory forContinue reading “Letting God Grow You”

Football, Respect, and Jesus

Football, Respect, and Jesus Recently NFL Legend, Jim Brown declared that he would always stand for the National Anthem.  He said that kneeling is disrespectful to the flag and that he always wanted to respect the flag: “I am not going to denigrate my flag…” he went on to say to a reporter while visitingContinue reading “Football, Respect, and Jesus”

One Drink Later

One Drink Later A military chaplain once told me a story of a teenager who enlisted.  This recruit grew up in a conservative church like ours with parents who loved Jesus. One night he, with his new army buddies he went out on the town.  He had never had a drop of alcohol in hisContinue reading “One Drink Later”

Spiritual Discernment

Spiritual Discernment “The story is told of an atheistic barber who was talking to a pastor. The barber asked the pastor, “If there is a loving God, how can He allow poverty, war, and suffering?” Just at that moment a disheveled man crossed the street. The pastor said, “You are a barber and claim toContinue reading “Spiritual Discernment”

Mind Games in Relationships

Mind Games in Relationships “And be renewed in the spirit of your mind…”  Ephesians 4:23 One professional aptly stated that: “At age 20 we think: ‘What does everyone think about me.’  At age 40 we think: ‘It does not matter what other people think about me.’ And at age 60 we finally realize and think:Continue reading “Mind Games in Relationships”

Seasons of Change

Seasons of Change The leaves are falling.  Soon the snow will be flying.  Before long, the grass will shove through the earth and the flowers will blossom.  The heat of summer will emerge, and the fall will be here before we know it.  Seasons make the year interesting.  Just as with the seasons and naturalContinue reading “Seasons of Change”

Time And Growth

Time And Growth Recently I read about an incident that occurred back in 2004.  A fight broke out among the residents of a nursing home in their dining hall.  One man was playing with the lettuce in the serving line with his bare hands.  From that a fight ensued.  A 62-year-old and an 86-year-old startedContinue reading “Time And Growth”

Prayer Changes Us

Prayer Changes Us If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.  John 15:7 “A fifth grade boy who had heard a sermon on persistence in prayer was praying by himself in his room one night. As his dad passed hisContinue reading “Prayer Changes Us”