Where To Hide?

By , July 23, 2017

“…you are familiar with all my ways.”
Psalm 139:3 (NIV)

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Years ago when my children were small, my brother and sister delighted in telling them stories about how bad their father was at their age. It seems that I was the proverbial black sheep of the family. My siblings wondered how their brother could grow up to be a preacher of the Gospel. How could someone who was so actively evil turn out to be a good citizen of society?

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Falling To Rise Again

By , July 22, 2017

“Get behind me, Satan!
You are a stumbling block to me;”
Matthew 16:23 (NIV)

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One of the most beloved characters in the New Testament is the apostle Peter. It is likely that he is popular because although he is a towering figure—he is also a clumsy one at times. Peter writes part of our Bible, preaches memorable sermons, makes glorious statements about Jesus—yet he is recorded as making some of the worst gaffes in the New Testament.

In Matthew 16:13-23 we read a story where Peter seeks to correct Jesus concerning Jesus’ mission. What happened was that as soon as the disciples confessed that Jesus was the Christ, Jesus began to teach them that He had to go to Jerusalem and suffer, die, and be raised the third day. Jesus in fact spoke plainly about His humiliation at the hands of sinners.

Peter immediately took Jesus aside and contradicted what Jesus had just said. All of the disciples desired glory for Jesus, glory as they defined it. They had no idea how Jesus could be glorified through suffering. Neither can we when we suffer. We often are blind to the glory of suffering and, like Peter, wish it behind us.

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Does anyone care?

By , July 20, 2017

“Jesus saw”
Luke 21:1

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It is fascinating to listen to people talk and learn their opinions on things. I recall the days when one famous Hollywood star took to the road to preach against the United States involvement in the Viet Nam war. She protested the killing of North Viet Nam soldiers by the US.

After the war was over the Khmer Rouge, a vicious guerrilla group, killed nearly two million Cambodians from 1975 to 1979 in the name of a Communist agrarian ideal. The woman who was so vocal against killing North Vietnam soldiers was strangely silent as peace loving, non-military Cambodians were viciously slaughtered.

I cannot help but wonder at the sincerity of such people who are so venomous in spewing hatred against one group of people and then lose their voices about the atrocities of other groups. There is something wrong with that picture. Then we wonder where God was when those people were massacred. Something is terribly wrong with this picture.

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Forgiveness, Yes or No?

By , July 19, 2017

“Neither do I condemn you,” Jesus declared,
“Go now and leave your life of sin.”
John 8:11 (NIV)

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It is infrequent that I get to hear a sermon. One of my regular employments is preaching. Hence I am busy when sermons are preached, preaching myself. Those rare occasions when I sit with the congregation to hear the Word of God explained are very important to me. It is like the family member who always prepares the meals going out for dinner.

On this occasion the preacher was expounding the story in John 8:1-11 to us. The story is indeed a fitting description of how Jesus operates with us as sinners. Religious leaders had caught a couple in the act of adultery and brought the woman to Jesus for trial. Jewish law stated that both the man and woman were to be put to death Leviticus 20:10. Immediately we see that the leaders were not concerned about the law being broken or else the guilty man would have been brought to Jesus as well.

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Getting Old Is Not For Sissies

By , July 18, 2017

“but those who hope in the Lord
will renew their strength.”
Isaiah 40:31 (NIV)

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The majority of the population today would say that I am old.

My hair is gray, I take several medications, I have to see doctors regularly, I do not bicycle any more nor do I run footraces. I can recall things that happened over 6 decades ago. Yes, I must also say, “I am getting old.”

There is a line in an Anne of Green Gables movie where Matthew Cuthbert said, “I got old, I didn’t notice.” That is my comment on life as well.

We who are older look longingly at young people and observe them doing things we once did but cannot do any longer. We yearn for the good old days when we could downhill ski the difficult black diamond slopes.

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