To make a confession of faith in Jesus as my Lord, as Christ, and as the Son of God (Matthew 16:15-16; Romans 10:9-10) is an essential component of becoming a Christian. But our confession of Jesus continues in multiple forms as our walk in the light proceeds. One of the avenues in which we continue to confess Jesus before fellow humans (Matthew 10:32) is in our congregational singing. Consider this powerful thought from Hebrews...Read More
Almost seven months ago, as you may know, I lost my mother suddenly and unexpectedly to death. One thing that we can expect in life is death, but we don't always know when it will occur or how (Romans 5:12). The events surrounding death and the days/years after can be a somewhat confusing time. It can be a detrimental time for people who especially are lacking in their faith.
It has not been an easy time, in particular, for myself. I struggle with questions that I will never get an answer to, the phone calls and texts that I can't make, the holidays that will forever be different, moments and new memories that won't be shared together, and I could go on and on.
Many people write blogs, lessons and sermons on what they learned through grief, so I naturally assumed I would have one of these, as well. I tried to force myself to write one a month or so after the funeral, to no avail. It wasn't until a few months ago that things began clicking. The next morning I sat reading different things and I came across an Instagram post with Psalm 55:22, "Cast your burden on the Lord and He will sustain you..." Wow! What a powerful thought. As I think back, that was exactly what was happening. (I don't say this to boast) Despite my struggles with the mundane things of life and worldly desires, I have never questioned God as to why my mother had to leave this life.
TRUST GOD!Read More
As I sit in my office and listen to the rain drops on the window and the roof, I am flooded with imagery and songs. All over the Southeast, storms have swirled around communities. Some of the storms have produced damage, some have produced flooding, and some of the storms have just been rain. As I think about the varying degrees of storms that people have experienced over the last several hours, I can't help but to think of the storms that we face in our lives.
Different songs flood my mind that use the word storm that we sing in our worship services often...Read More
Simply put – The writer in Proverbs says we need to prepare our kids for what they have been called to do, the things they will face, issues that will arise and teach them the way God would have them to go. The more we can do now with our kids, our hope is greater that they will not depart from what they were taught and know (This is not a fool proof plan). It’s never too early to start and it’s never too late.Read More
You’ve heard the old saying, “It takes a village to raise a child”. How true do you believe that saying is? Studies show that those who stayed in church following their high school graduation were able to name 5 adults who impacted their spiritual development. Family, friends, and church leaders all fall into this category.Read More
Where is your heart? Jesus said in Matthew 6:21 that "Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also." The question remains, where is your heart? Can your heart be found in heaven, or does it dwell on the earth?Read More
With the recent suspending of Phil Robertson from the popular A&E television reality show, Duck Dynasty, it has stirred up millions of people. Phil Robertson recently made comments concerning his belief that homosexuality was a sin and condemned by God. Due to those statements he has been put on suspension indefinitely by A&E. How should Christians react to this news? What things should we be saying?Read More
The College Football Season has finally ended, the NFL playoffs are underway—how’d your team do? Did they make a bowl game? Did they make and win a playoff game? Did or will your team win the top ranked game? What if I told you we are all on another team fighting in a war? What if I told you not all of us are fighting on the same team in this war?Read More
Have you ever heard or said the words "moderation in all things"? Have you ever heard or said those words when referring to religion or your faith? C.S. Lewis writes in his book The Screwtape Letters “Talk to him about ‘moderation in all things’. If you can once get him to the point of thinking that ‘religion is all very well up to a point’, you can feel quite happy about his soul. A moderated religion is as good for us as no religion at all—and more amusing.” With that in mind, turn to Revelation 3:15-16. “I know your works: you are neither cold nor hot. Would that you were either cold or hot! So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth.”