“From the elder, to Gaius my dear brother, whom I love in truth. Dear friend, I pray that all may go well with you and that you may be in good health, just as it is well with your soul. For I rejoiced greatly when the brothers came and testified to your truth, just as you are living according to the truth. I have no greater joy than this: to hear that my children are living according to the truth.” (3 John 1:1-4 NET)
In the letter we call “3 John” we find correspondence from the writer, who identified himself as “the elder,” to a Christian named Gaius. It has long been attested that the writer was the apostle John, which would seem to be accurate. In this letter we find three men who can each tell us something about what being a Christian should look like. Continue reading “Are we spiritually healthy?”
“I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works, I know it very well” (Psalm 139:14).
The theory of evolution, as you know, asserts that nature changes over the eons by a long series of advantageous mutations, selecting the ones that help and rejecting those changes that hurt. Usually supporters of the theory like to point to such things as an elephant’s trunk, which apparently began as a normal mammal’s nose, but over time lengthened to the powerful but dexterous limb that is the great creature’s most distinctive feature. Continue reading “The mouse trap”
Few things are as dangerous as jealousy. It corrodes everything it touches.
Jealousy has been a problem since “Cain rose up against Abel his brother and killed him” (Genesis 4:8, NKJV). Continue reading “Jealousy is an emotional poison”
“How do we move that?”
“Is it okay to drive heavy vehicles across septic lines?”
“We can’t buy that tree – the root ball is too big to carry it across the yard.”
“Will this fit in a wheelbarrow?”
There are many aspects to consider when one is moving things in the garden. Maybe it’s just me — but it seems like things get heavier every year. Continue reading “Moving violations in the garden”
“And as it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgement … ” (Hebrews 9:27 NKJV).
This week I have learned of the death of a friend’s father on the other side of the world. Such news causes one to reflect on mortality and related issues. We have all heard it, and probably said it ourselves: “Nothing is certain in life except death and taxes.”
Usually this is said with at least the tip of tongue in cheek. Yet most of us concede there is a lot of truth to this proposition from both perspectives. It is true that death is universal (i.e., certain), and taxes seem to be almost as much so. It is also true that not many other things seem to possess the same inevitability. Continue reading “Certainties”
What do you say to someone as your life comes to its close?
As Paul wrote the second letter we have to Timothy, what memories he must have had of this younger man. He had taken Timothy with him on his travels and Timothy had learned from Paul to the extent that Paul could leave him to get on with the work that needed done for the Lord.
Yet there is always something more to say, some advice that you think the other person might need once you are gone. Listen as we read some of what Paul wrote as he knew his life was almost over. Continue reading “Living a godly life”
“If you love me, you will keep my commandments,” (John 14:15).
One of the silliest lines in an old movie (“Love Story”) is the one where a character declares, “Love means never having to say you’re sorry.”
Two thoughts come to mind here; the first is that, assuming we’re human, we will make mistakes, and thus need to say, “I’m sorry.” The second is, woe betide the relationship where one partner actually thinks he never errs and so never has to say, “I’m sorry.” Continue reading “Love is not free”
I tell you, though he will not get up and give him anything because he is his friend, yet because of his impudence he will rise and give him whatever he needs” (Luke 11:8, ESV).
When waiting on an answer from God, it is easier to doubt than trust. Continue reading “God is not like your friends”
Decades have passed since I made some promises to a young lady in two different languages. Those promises announced my marital commitment and intended faithfulness to my young bride. At that time, I slipped a tangible symbol of my vows upon her finger to remind her of what I had promised.
God has also made some promises and provided us with a tangible reminder of them. However, he has offered the greatest promises ever – promises offering hope, identity, peace and holiness. Furthermore, unlike us, God is always faithful to his promises. We can know and rest assured God will deliver. Continue reading “The promises and their impact”
Nothing supersedes faith (Hebrews 11:6). However, we must put faith into action in a sinful and obstinate world. Obstacles face us at every turn and we must have the courage to persevere. Continue reading “Christians need courage”