What Have We Become?
Evil has shown itself and is waging a war against Christianity and the Gospel of Christ. This morning I saw a video of a man getting knocked out. It seems he was trying to protect others. Afterward, he had his head stomped on multiple times and then his phone was stolen from him as he lay there helpless. During the same incident, a person was stabbed and another 13 pe... read all »
Two Homes, Countless Storms, One Rock
Two men were building homes. The first man was wise. He built his house upon a firm foundation, the rock. The second man was foolish. This man chose to build his house on an ever-changing foundation, the sand. At first, both homes seemed secure. The home on the sand may have even been more aesthetically pleasing. But then the storm came. The rain fell, the floods rose... read all »
Natural Disasters
This last week, Central Oklahoma experienced a natural disaster. Do you ever wonder why natural disasters occur on earth? I mean, other than reasons science tells us about like soil erosion, seismic activity, tectonic movements, air pressure, and ocean currents; why do they happen? It may seem that, during these times, it’s easy to ask, “Where was God?” We can... read all »
Just Roses?
Literally hours before this photo was taken, this entire rose bush and each individual bloom was laying flat on the ground, not only covered, but encased in ice from a recent storm. Have you ever looked closely at a rose? Have you noted the wonderful delicacy of each silky petal? What a marvel to me that such a fragile living thing could be held in ice, but afte... read all »
Tracers
Let's talk "tracers." Tracers are projectiles (bullets & cannon caliber ammunition) with a small pyrotechnic charge in their base. It ignites and burns very brightly when fired and makes the projectiles trajectory visible to the naked eye. They are usually loaded as the fifth round in a rapid shooting firearm like a machine gun. The path they leave can then help t... read all »
Whose Money Is It?
It’s the Lord’s money, of course, as you already know! I thought this would be a good time to discuss the importance of being good stewards of our possessions. We recently had large expenses that were not budgeted for this year, but we were able to cover these without going into debt. This is thanks to our elders and our excellent money manager, Sarah Kriwanek!... read all »
How to Get Myself into Trouble...
If you know me, you know I don’t believe in dress codes for the church…… buuuut the subject of what we wear in public is not quite so simple as to be dismissed in the name of being against a dress code. Judging from passages that mention it (1st Timothy 2:9 & 1st Peter 3:3 for example), modesty in the first century and before seemed to be a matter of avoiding o... read all »
Fishing
I love it. Line in the water, just waiting for the first stirring of a nibble. Then “BOOM!”, they bite hard, you set the hook and feel that life on the other end of the line as you reel him in. There is just nothing else like that kind of excitement. Remember that time the apostles had fished all night and caught nothing (Luke 5:1-11)? Jesus told them to go o... read all »
The Sin of Patriotism? Really?
The United States of America is not the church. We understand that, right? But is it wrong to love and honor America as our nation? “Every person is to be in subjection to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those which exist are established by God. Therefore, whoever resists authority has opposed the ordinance of God; and ... read all »
What is Truth?
The above is a question asked by Pontius Pilate after Jesus told him that he had come to testify to the truth (John 18:33-38). There he stood, the man “in power”, not realizing he was speaking with his own creator and Lord of all. He could never have encountered a more suitable authority for answering his question. Apparently, however, he did not ask in order t... read all »