April 26, 2018

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths. — Proverbs 3:5-6

Many will remember the prime-time TV game show, "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?" starring Regis Philbin. My wife and I watched it just enough to know that the money being given away was not really what people wanted to see the most. It was the tension, the contestant's response to pressure, as th...

April 18, 2018

So now I am giving you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other. — John 13:34

Bernard of Clairvaux was one of the most gifted spiritual writers of the 12th century. He was a monk and the head of the Catholic monastery at Clairvaux in France. His extraordinary personal magnetism attracted many who were seeking a deeper Christian life. This is what he wrote on why we love God and others:
 
"God is entitled to...

April 11, 2018

"And no one puts new wine into old wineskins. For the old skins would burst from the pressure, spilling the wine and ruining the skins. New wine is stored in new wineskins so that both are preserved." — Matthew 9:17
 
In 1965, Keith Miller wrote a book called The Taste Of New Wine. It was a call for Christian renewal in the home, the office, and the church. It pleaded against the compartmentalization of the Christian faith, where the average believer was o...

April 4, 2018

"And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another and all the more as you see the Day approaching."  — Hebrews 10:24-25
 
I have been a pastor now for over forty years. That means I have been through at least that many Easter Sundays and Christmas services as those years represent. And that doesn't include the number I attended befor...

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