Forgetfulness is seen as a flaw among humans. Humans see forgetfulness as a defect, something that comes as part of getting older or that plagues us in our teenage years. I forget small things, like where I last placed the car keys or my billfold. However, sometimes I forget important things like dates and appointments. Why is it then that God would decide to self-impose this “flaw” on himself? “For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more” (Hebrews 8:10). Forgive and Forget God does not just forgive; he … Continue reading God's "Flaw"
?Men of Israel, hear these words: Jesus of Nazareth, a Man attested by God to you by miracles, wonders, and signs which God did through Him in your midst, as you yourselves also know?Him, being delivered by the determined purpose and foreknowledge of God, you have taken by lawless hands, have crucified, and put to death” (Acts 2:22-23 NKJV). In the first gospel sermon ever preached, the Apostle Peter gives us a glimpse into the mind of God. At first, you may read over it, but look carefully. “The determined purpose and foreknowledge of God,” the New International Version calls … Continue reading God's Set Purpose
It had been way too long and things had begun to get out of hand. Nothing was working the way it was supposed to work. Every effort I undertook turned into a major production, as I had to deal with peripheral problems. The culprit was my laptop computer and it needed cleaning up. It had been months since the hard drive was last defragmented and it was overrun with programs I no longer use. Since it was just as likely to seize as it was to save, I decided it was time to do a little “house cleaning.” Our lives … Continue reading House Cleaning
“For we did not follow cunningly devised fables when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of His majesty” (2 Peter 1:16). Today I heard someone use the phrase “too close for comfort“; it was just after I had been contemplating the above verse penned by the Apostle Peter. As he continued, I began to ponder if it was not also true that we could get too comfortable because we are so close. I live in the fabulous hills of Tennessee, snuggled between the legendary Civil War battlefield of Shiloh … Continue reading Proclaimers of His Majesty
Merry Christmas and, dare I say it, Season’s Greetings and Happy Holidays! As you enter into the town square of Waynesboro, Tennessee, a sign is strung between two buildings wishing all visitors and residents, “Season’s Greetings.” The town square itself is adorned with banners bidding “Happy Holidays.” In today’s political climate, I am quite surprised that my fair city has not ended up on the news or some talk show as an example of political correctness. The fact that we still have a town square should clue you in that the values in Waynesboro are still “small town.” That “Season’s … Continue reading The Meaning of Christmas
Call it elusive, call it unattainable, call it the bane of my existence, this thorn in my flesh, the snag that prohibits me from completing my nine-year-old’s Christmas wish list is a Disney Mix Stick. Each morning at nine I call Target and Wal-Mart as if it is my job, Brad at Target (yes, I already know him on a first-name basis, and he knows me as well) checked every store in Middle Tennessee this morning — no luck. I will try again in the morning. Christmas just will not be Christmas without that Disney Mix Stick MP3 player. Life … Continue reading Not Far from Each of Us
Prayer is a peculiar thing. We know we should pray. We recognize God hears our prayers. We understand God answers our prayers. Yet, still we do not pray as we should. Why?
Bad experience with prayer might be one answer. We ask God for something, God answers but not as we wanted, so we conclude prayer does not work.
When you want to know how to do something right you go to an expert. Paul was an expert at prayer. Perhaps at some time he had done as the other disciples and asked Jesus to “teach him to pray.” Paul prayed earnestly, unceasingly, and most importantly, according to God’s will. Continue reading Prayer is the Answer
Straight to the Cross-is a new book published by Forthright Press, an excellent book if I do say so myself (check out chapter three!). Straight to the Cross-is where Jesus was destined to go from the moment Mary placed him in the manger. Straight to the Cross-is where each of us must go if we ever want to find meaning in this life.
Taking people straight to the cross is our central message. “For I determined not to know anything among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified” (1 Corinthians 2:2) But when you stop to ponder the cross it can really be a rather strange message. Continue reading Straight to the Cross
Matthew 16:13-16 Katie Fisher, 17, entered the Madison County Ohio Junior Livestock Sale hoping the lamb she had for sale would get a good price. For months Katie had been battling cancer. She had endured hospital stays and been through chemotherapy a number of times. Before the lamb went on the block, the auctioneer told the audience about Katie’s condition, hoping his introduction would push the price-per-pound above the average of two dollars. It did — and then some. The lamb sold for $11.50 per pound. Then the buyer gave it back, and suggested the auctioneer sell it again. That … Continue reading Who Do You Say that I Am?
Jesus and his apostles unmistakably teach us that forgiveness of sins takes place when one believes in Jesus as the Son of God (John 3:16), repents of their sins (Luke 13:3), confesses him before others (Matthew 10:32), and is baptized (Mark 16:16). No one step is “better” or “above” the others, yet remove one and you render the others of none effect. One who is baptized, yet never has repented of their sins, remains in their sins. One who believes in Christ, repents of their sins, confesses Christ and yet refuses Christ’s command to be baptized remains in their sin. Continue reading Leaving the Filth Behind