If you are a fan of the movie series Pirates of the Caribbean, you know all about Captain Jack Sparrow’s magic compass. His compass did not point to magnetic North. It pointed toward the thing your heart most wanted at the time.
How appropriate for our age, the Age of Me. People today don’t want a moral compass to tell them the truth about their Creator’s behavioral expectations. They want shortcuts to get them what they want. Rejecting the idea... Read More
All sin is bad. No sinners are any better than any other, but you wouldn’t know that from some of our national “Christian” dialogue on the homosexual lifestyle. For some reason, this particular sin strikes some people as worse, more disgusting, more insidious than all the others. Gay people feel singled out and shunned by Christian communities, as though they were the lepers of today.
Living a gay lifestyle is indeed forbidden by God’s Word. But so is living an... Read More
The word idol today has a pleasant connotation. In today’s lingo it means a star, a great performer, someone who can wow and dazzle a crowd, somebody who has hundreds of thousands or maybe millions of Twitter followers. Television pumps out idols by the dozens for us to fawn over and applaud.
In biblical times the term referred to an image or statue representing a heathen god or goddess. Satan made sure that the Old Testament Israelites saw much to... Read More
“I got this.”—Every guy who ever lived.
Why are guys so afraid to ask for help anyway? And it isn’t just refusing help from human beings. They refuse help from sheets of instructions. Don’t they know that it would be much easier and much more efficient to just ask for help every once in a while?
Females have the same flaw, but for them it takes a different form that goes something like this: “Awww, you shouldn’t have.” Ladies, you... Read More
Every Christian pastor knows of the growing plague of young people just moving in with each other without the benefit of marriage. We’ve heard all the rationales, justifications, excuses, and dodges. What’s just as shocking is the number of older couples who are moving in with each other and sharing a bedroom. “We don’t want to lose our social security and retirement benefits by marrying,” they say. “We can’t afford to get married.”
Arrgh! Think of the message these fearful... Read More
One of the reasons marriages fall apart is seeing too much of one’s spouse. Seriously! When you’re dating, you see the other person only for limited time spans. Then you go home. You only see each other when you are at your best. When you’re married, you see each other all the time, and you soon figure out that your spouse has a long way to go in certain departments. Well, what do you do when those hard realizations dawn... Read More
We all like to be comfortable. As the saying goes, nobody wants change except for a baby with a wet diaper. Even if we don’t like our life situation, inertia keeps us static, pushing off the problem, hoping that it will get better.
But sometimes you just gotta make a change. Sometimes your environment has gotten so toxic that you fear harm to your family or to your soul. Sometimes you have to sacrifice some personal comfort or convenience or... Read More
A teacher, a nurse, a lender, and a welder. This isn’t the punch line to a joke. These are the occupations of my children. I’m proud of the work they do. I preached often, “Any job they pay you to do is a good job.” I thank God they find their jobs fulfilling and don’t go thinking, “It’s a dirty job.”
Here is what the Feds say about Labor Day:
“Labor Day constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions... Read More
We hit our limits by getting ahead of ourselves: stretching, trying, straining, falling, adjusting, and trying again. We gain wisdom from overreaching. We learn humility from what we don’t understand or can’t do. We don’t have to fake it anymore. There is a curious satisfaction in realizing our own limitations. Take a cleansing breath. Heave a sigh of relief. Be yourself. Offer a nice little prayer.
“My heart is not proud, LORD, my eyes are not haughty; I do not... Read More
I’ve met some pastors who are frustrated that younger adults know so little about the Bible. Their unhappiness shows. They sound angry with people because they don’t know better.
The world has changed. It’s a done deal. The church is struggling to catch up. My parents’ generation made their kids go to church whether they liked it or not. And whether we liked it or not, we sat there and absorbed a lot of what the Holy Spirit was dishing... Read More