1 Timothy 5:22 Do not be hasty in the laying on of hands, nor take part in the sins of others; keep yourself pure. The word “hasty” caught my attention the other day. I was watching some brothers and sisters in Christ jump to an individuals aid and start laying on hands and prayer. I know the young man and in agreement of the efforts I joined them and laid hands on them as they prayed. That is when someone asked me; “Pastor, why are you so slow to lay hands…read more
“The LORD is my shepherd; I have everything I need!” Psalm 23:1 The shepherd is a favorite Scriptural picture of the divine love and care. In the Old Testament, the twenty-third Psalm gathers the whole wonderful truth in exquisite lines, which are dear to young and old wherever the Bible is known. Then in the New Testament, when our Lord would give His friends the sweetest revealings of His heart toward them, and tell them what they are to Him and what He would be to them—He says, “I am…read more
Love the joy of this season. [Show slideshow] 12► “How many observe Christ’s birthday! How few, His precepts!” — Benjamin Franklin “You can never truly enjoy Christmas until you can look up into the Father’s face and tell him you have received his Christmas gift.” — John R. Rice “All the Christmas presents in the world are worth nothing without the presence of Christ.” — David Jeremiah “Some businessmen are saying this could be the greatest Christmas ever. I always thought that the first one was.” – Art Fettig “The…read more
There are but three avenues open to the individual, and “the joy of life” is dependent upon the choice. They are: rebellion, resignation, and reconciliation. –Joseph Fort Newton
sometimes a verse needs context … sometimes the verse is the context. Ever have that conversation where the person is using a verse with no real understanding of the person speaking or the audience it was being communicated to? Quick questions to ask when looking at a verse Who wrote this? Who was he speaking to? How did the other church fathers hold this verse? What does it mean to us today? What prompted me to post this was another conversation with a “preacher” where it was someone who didn’t own…read more
There are so many things I love about my family. Tonight my 12 year old daughter just off the cuff explained how to play Dreidel for Hanukkah! Like NO prompting, just a comment that I need to find my orange dreidel I have had since I was a kid. Boom, “Dad, I remember the rules.” she pauses, then recites them like she is reading them off the box. Wait, didn’t your Dreidel come in a box?