Americans are busy preparing for "the most wonderful time of the year" - Christmas. How little time we give to the thought that Jesus is coming, again! That's right. Look, Jesus has always been around. Always. Jesus appeared many times on earth before that first Christmas, although not in the form of a human. There … Continue reading Jesus Is Coming, Again!
This is my favorite time of year. The sun rises early and sets late - well after 9:00 p.m. in my part of the world. There is something about light that lifts my spirit. I also enjoy the darkness of winter. But, I must really enjoy the light much more because there is something about … Continue reading Summer Solstice
On Tuesday, I wrote that we live in a theocracy. Yesterday, I followed it up with the parable of the wicked tenants saying that in this Jesus was describing the entire world. Therefore, those who are born again find themselves in a very peculiar situation. We realize that we, like Jesus, are not of this … Continue reading Not Of This World
Yesterday, I wrote that we are living in a theocracy. Like it or not, and whether we recognize it or not, we are living on a planet that God created. Everyone of us was created by him. Therefore, we are subject to him. It's ludicrous to think otherwise. Yet the entire world, save for a … Continue reading Wicked Tenants
A good bible friend of mine and I speak often of our experiences in the churches we attended when first becoming Christian. Mine was the Episcopal; his was the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (ELCA). Both of us left because the teachings and practices did not align with scripture. We share news items about just … Continue reading Coincidence?
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.
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
Last night, I had a long conversation about life with someone I care a great deal about. We covered difficult topics and hopefully I made a lasting impression that people who disagree do not have to sacrifice their love for each other. In fact, their love actually can increase while they engage in conversation on … Continue reading Let Your Reasonableness Be Known
Today is Friday and the beginning of what promises to be a beautiful, spring-like weekend! I can't wait! What does the Lord have in store for me? I wonder if he's coming? Wouldn't that be wonderful! Certainly, one day he will. He said so. We have every reason to believe him. In fact, he told … Continue reading He’s Coming!