Does a Christian have a responsibility to vote in local and national elections?
I believe we do. While no passage addresses this question specifically, several point us in that direction. Jesus said we are to be salt and light, and like cities set on hills (Matthew 5:13-16). This means our lives are to have an obvious impact for good. Our vote, especially collectively, has great potential to impact our world for good when we elect those who will... read all »
Temptation Is Not A Sin
Sounds funny... but temptation is not a sin. Sometimes we forget that.  God allows us to be tempted (1 Cor. 10:13) ...but He doesn't cause nor allow us to sin.  Jesus was tempted more than once... in the wilderness, at the cross, and a 'better time', Luke 4:13..."And when the devil had ended all the temptation, he departed from him for a season."  So wh... read all »
Driving Through History
Traffic.  Driving in Oklahoma City you can see a never-ending hoard of vehicles going in every direction and at all hours……. and OKC’s traffic is small potatoes compared to that of many other cities all over the world. Does it make you wonder how much gasoline and oil is being consumed as you read this?  The logistics stagger the mind. ... read all »
Every Man's Work
Paul wrote to the church in Corinth telling them to stop dividing over mere men.  His point was that no matter who plants the gospel or who waters it, it is God who gives the increase (1st Corinthians 3:1-17). God provided the gospel as seed.  God commits the spreading of that seed to mere men and women, but he is the only one who can make it grow in the he... read all »
I Don't Want To!
That’s it, I’m tired of paying my electric and water bills and so I’m sending a letter to OG&E and to the City of Midwest City informing them that I’ll no longer be paying my bills.  And while I’m at it, I’m going to let my bank know that I’m no longer going to pay my mortgage.  Why you might ask?  Because I don’t want to! Can you i... read all »
Gifted?
We usually think of someone else being gifted; someone smarter, faster, more talented or capable than ourselves. But you are gifted.  You have something to offer the world.  It is your gift, and the more you “give it away”, the more you enjoy it yourself.  Our gifts come so easily to us that we tend to downplay their value.  We think “if it... read all »
Warning: Satan Is After Your Kids!
Honest, he not only wants you, but he is going after your kids!! Satan's "native language" is the lie - for he is "the father of lies" (John 8:44  NIV)        Consider the lies he's telling your children: 1.   "It's Ok to 'Do your own thing!'"   Collins English Dictionary says,  "If you do your own th... read all »
What Is This Thing Called P.T.S.D.?
According to the medical professionals, P.T.S.D stands for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.  Thankfully, it is not contagious, but it does have an effect on those around you.  Whether it’s family at home, your church family or strangers you encounter daily in your daily travels.  P.T.S.D effects everyone differently for the most part but there are some... read all »
Communication, Punctuation, and Attitude!
Solomon stated: “ A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in setting of silver” (Prov. 25:11).  Your speech can deeply and sweetly enrich others.  Yet, Solomon adds Proverbs 18:7: “A fools mouth is his destruction and his lips are a snare to his soul.”  James even warns that “out of the mouth comes forth blessing and cursing,” adding, “... read all »
Nike in the News
Jesus had fasted for forty days and nights.  Can you even attempt to imagine how hungry he must have been?  Satan tempted him to command stones to become bread so that he could satisfy his hunger (Matthew 4:1-11).  Jesus could have easily done so.  I also believe it is perfectly reasonable to assume that Jesus wanted to turn the... read all »