In the April 2017 edition of Reader’s Digest, former Major League Baseball manager Rich Donnelly wrote, “Baseball is similar to life. You start out at home and get a little older (first base). Then, in adulthood, you’re the furthest from home you’ve ever been (second base). You get older and wiser (third base) and see home plate. Then, you realize that where you want to be is where you already were.”

As Jesus stood before the threshold of death on the cross, he told his disciples they could not go with him (John 13:36). Ever the brash one, Peter took exception. He told the Master that he would follow him anywhere and even give his own life for the Lord. Jesus knew what he said had caused his disciples to become apprehensive. Continue reading “Home”

A place to stay

My sisters and I often spent at least a week in the summer visiting our uncle and aunt’s home in Kentucky. My favorite pastime was riding my uncle’s tractor. I would spend hours just sitting on it, pretending I was off plowing the back forty acres.

By the time my sisters and I were teens, we knew not only the way to Kentucky, but also the way to our uncle and aunt’s house in Caldwell County. We knew it just as well as we knew where our home in Tennessee was. Continue reading “A place to stay”

What our children must have in the home

Social worker and author Heather Forbes said: “The most important ‘nutrients’ our children need are unconditional love, acceptance and validation.” While she’s writing from a secular standpoint, her point is spiritually astute.

Children are fragile despite their insistence that they can handle whatever comes along. The scars of abuse and rejection that children all over the world endure is staggering. Continue reading “What our children must have in the home”

Coming home

“Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, to the pilgrims of the Dispersion in Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia” (1 Peter 1:1 NKJV).

There is something special about a home-coming, whether it is after a long day at the office, a week’s vacation, or an extended absence of months or years. That special something is magnified if you are a particularly loyal citizen of your country and have been absent, and even more when your return coincides with events or memorials of special significance. Continue reading “Coming home”

Since same-sex marriage has passed, what now?

After all the yelling, cursing, cheering and complaining about the nationwide legalization of same-sex marriages, what are we left with? Like anything else, what remains is the settling of a new reality. We all need to find our way in a changed world.

The sun has arisen on the same places and people under the same heaven. To the Lord, nothing has changed. His truth and will, established before the beginning of time, are still set in eternal concrete (Psalm 119:89). Continue reading “Since same-sex marriage has passed, what now?”

Parents, heal yourself

In Luke 4:23, Jesus cited the Jewish proverb, “Physician, heal yourself,” (NKJV) which means, according to Albert Barnes, “Suppose that a man should attempt to heal another when he was himself diseased in the same manner.”

Christ wants us to be transformed by the gospel (Romans 12:1-2) so we can walk in holiness (Isaiah 35:8; 1 Peter 1:13-15). We can’t possibly hope to win the world unless we’ve adequately prepared ourselves in knowledge and righteousness (Proverbs 11:9).

As parents, we need to consider this carefully not only as Christians, but as parents in general because nothing in parenting comes naturally. We must do the hard work to become better people.  Continue reading “Parents, heal yourself”

Parents, what lies behind the behavior?

Parenting is one of the most difficult jobs a human being is asked to do and few, if any, receive any training. We must take it very seriously.

The ability to think clearly under stress is one of the greatest tools a parent can possess. We must maintain rational thought so we can make proper decisions. Otherwise, we’ll just move from crisis to crisis and miss the teaching part of parenting. Continue reading “Parents, what lies behind the behavior?”

How can heaven be home if we’ve never been there?

Many songs and poems talk about heaven as home. Some of our Bible versions speak of entering the afterlife as going home, 2 Corinthians 5.6-9. But how can we speak of heaven as home if we’ve never been there before? For John 3.13 says, “No one has ascended into heaven except the one who descended from heaven — the Son of Man.”

God gave us existence in the mother’s womb. He is called “the one who formed you in the womb,” Isaiah 44.2, 24; Jeremiah 1.5. We did not exist before our conception. There was nothing of us that was before we were conceived. Doctrines like reincarnation are false teachings. Unlike God, people have a beginning.

God created Adam and Eve as adults after the world had been created for their habitation. After that, people came into being as “children … born by human parents or by human desire or a husband’s decision” John 1.13. So heaven is not home because we have been there in a previous life or existence. Continue reading “How can heaven be home if we’ve never been there?”