And the books were opened

The end of winter is the time when many gardeners turn to their books. We may have been perusing seed catalogs for the last few months, and even ordered a few new varieties of tomatoes or beans to try. 

When the robins appear and the ground starts thawing, we turn our attention to the gardening books. We search for the best way to plant that new Santa Rosa Plum that came in the mail; bare rooted, bare twigged, and sad looking.  Continue reading “And the books were opened”

Respond or not? HuffPo slanders God’s people

HuffPo published what one brother called a hit piece on the church of our Lord, an article critical of American congregations as a whole, based upon, as I understand it, a single event. (I’m not going to waste my time reading it.) Another friend said brotherhood reactions have been contained and charitable (my paraphrase).

Those who believe in the HuffPo site will believe the article; those who know it to be the liberal shill it is, will discount it. With its political, social slant, lines have long been drawn and hostility to truth frequently trumpeted. Continue reading “Respond or not? HuffPo slanders God’s people”

Writing should be seen as a ministry

The Great Commission calls upon Christians to take the gospel to the world (Matthew 28:18-20). We must be wise to find the most efficient and successful method to deliver the Word.

When God delivered the Law of Moses, he did so in print (Exodus 31:18). Likewise, God assembled the Bible to preserve Scripture for all generations (2 Timothy 3:16-17). Jesus is even called the Word, which can be both spoken and written (John 1:1). Continue reading “Writing should be seen as a ministry”

Reordering all priorities and loyalties

“Follow me.” Instead of followers choosing the rabbi that most caught their interest, the Master Teacher chose his disciples. Christians are not volunteers, nor do they serve how and when they think best. The calling of Jesus Christ requires immediate response and complete abandonment of the former life in order to take up the Savior’s work. While one may remain in one’s station of life, one reorders all priorities and loyalties in order to live with God. Matthew 4.18-22, 1 Corinthians 7, 1 Thessalonians 5.10. Continue reading “Reordering all priorities and loyalties”