Our home church is reading Deuteronomy. It is probably my favorite book of Moses. In today's blog, I'm going to write about this verse, to prepare ourselves. “You shall not do according to all that we are doing here today, everyone doing whatever is right in his own eyes, Deuteronomy 12:8 This is familiar language. … Continue reading Prepare Ourselves.
I was out of town the last few days, and my schedule got a little out of whack. Actually, it has been out of whack. I talk big about starting my days out in prayer but don't really do it. I've met with God about that and asked for forgiveness. As we all know, he … Continue reading Start The Day Strong!
Several things are on my mind this morning. My bible plan has me in God's dressing down of Job and the Psalmist praising Him for his mighty deeds. I'm also amazed at the degree of deceit that we see in society today. Finally, I'm also concerned for an old alcoholic friend that is in really … Continue reading Arguing With God.
What a wonderful gift we have in our bibles! Our home church bible reading today includes Psalm 143. What timely scripture this is for us. Written 3,000 years ago, it nonetheless is relevant to us in these times. Hear my prayer, O Lord; give ear to my pleas for mercy! In your faithfulness answer me, in your righteousness!2 Enter not into … Continue reading Timely Scripture
I live on the farm my grandparents owned. They sold it to my bachelor uncle who left it to me when he died over twenty years ago. In many ways, he was the primary male figure in my life. This land is special to me. I feel connected. Lately, I have been intrigued with the … Continue reading We Are Soon Forgotten.
Lately, I have been thinking that life is not as easy as it should be. Maybe you can relate. Sin seems closer to me, and I'm succumbing to temptation (gluttony). Things in the news bother me more that it should. On the other hand, I am sharing the gospel quite a bit, but, somehow, things … Continue reading Neglecting to Pray.
My last post covered the topic of the sinner's prayer. In particular, I was critical of the false assurance we give when we simply get people to say it. For example, seldom do we witness repentance when we lead others through the prayer. One person commented on my post that she doesn't remember repenting when … Continue reading Is Repentance Necessary?
If you've ever been around an Evangelical church, you certainly have witnessed the Sinner's Prayer. It is the supposed goal of the gospel witness, to lead the person to Christ by a simple prayer. The words are not firmly established but typically include an affirmation of belief in the risen Christ and promise to turn … Continue reading Sinner’s Prayer
It finally happened, and I hope it's enough. When I was a small boy, my grandfather told me something that I never forgot. You see, he was a farmer and a student of the weather. He said to pay attention to the first sign of robins because we will then have one more snow. This … Continue reading Knowing The Seasons
George Straight sings a song called, "I Saw God Today" that really got me to thinking. It's about a new father who is overwhelmed by the birth of his daughter. One line in particular stood out. It makes me wonder, "How does he do that?" Saw a flower growing in the middle of the sidewalk … Continue reading How Does He Do That?