I hate to tell the story?

From the parable of the two sons.

“‘Which of the two did the will of his father?’ They said, ‘The first.’ Jesus said to them, ‘Truly, I say to you, the tax collectors and the prostitutes go into the kingdom of heaven before you’” Matthew 21:31.

So many of us, who have never shared the gospel with another person, sing the lyrics to “I Love to Tell the Story,” without really thinking about the contrast between our words and actions. Continue reading “I hate to tell the story?”

Razor thin the narrow path

The writer is “ever conscious of what I read or watch.”

“For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander into myths” 2 Timothy 4:3-4.

If ever there was an apt description of the time we live in this would be it! Continue reading “Razor thin the narrow path”

Is Wile E. Coyote pursuing you?

Adopt a Road Runner perspective.

But my foes are vigorous, they are mighty, and many are those who hate me wrongfully. Those who render me evil for good accuse me because I follow after good. Psalm 38:19-20.

I grew up with Wile E. Coyote never ceasing his pursuit of Road Runner. Falling off cliffs or having the latest ACME order blow up in his face were not reasons for the predator to desist. Continue reading “Is Wile E. Coyote pursuing you?”

Lessons from Manoah and Samson

Doug K. draws three lessons from the time of Manoah.

Then Manoah prayed to the LORD and said, “O Lord, please let the man of God whom you sent come again to us and teach us what we are to do with the child who will be born” Judges 13:8.

God’s people had put away their foreign gods to serve the LORD. Jephthah, the leader who was weak in faith, had served for six years, and three others had judged Israel for a combined twenty-five. Continue reading “Lessons from Manoah and Samson”

Go in this might of yours

Three passages about Gideon, a man of valor.

Falling into sin again after 40 years of serving the Lord, God’s people are told by a prophet that it is their fear of the world that has caused them to disobey. That’s not how the people understand it though. When the angel first comes to Gideon, this son hiding his threshing from the Midianites believes that God has forsaken them (Judges 6). Continue reading “Go in this might of yours”