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March 19, 2015

 

Doubt can be very debilitating. When we doubt certain laws of science, bad things can follow. An example of this is gravity. Gravity is a proven scientific fact. It is said that Sir Isaac Newton discovered the forces of gravity. Newton was an English mathematician and physicist who lived from 1642 to 1727. The legend is that Newton discovered gravity while thinking about the forces of nature, when he saw an apple falling. It’s not surprising that gravity was discovered. What I find surprising is that nobody figured it out before him. To me, gravity makes perfect sense; afte...

February 14, 2015

I know, the title seems to be a question leading to heresy. But I wonder sometimes if Christians living in our society and the prevailing hedonistic culture can really say yes to this question. I have no doubt about Jesus being the only way to our eternal salvation. I totally believe the words Jesus used in John 14:6 when He emphatically said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” The Savior’s argument is an absolute statement that either has to be accepted or rejected; He doesn’t leave a person any middle ground.

 

Having said...

January 12, 2015

As we begin a new year, I cannot help but remember this past Christmas with our household filled with the sounds of two very active children. With Brooklyn always on the move, as only a three year old can be, and Grant doing what three-month-olds do best, our house was once again very much alive with sounds that we had not heard since earlier last summer. Just watching a three-year-old jump, dance, sing, play with Lego’s and run with endless energy tired me out; however, I can tell you I slept with a smile on my face. The truth is the older I get the harder it is to be apart...

December 9, 2014

“He was created of a mother whom He created. He was carried by hands that He formed. He cried in the manger in wordless infancy. He, the Word, without whom all human eloquence is mute.”~Augustine

 

As I ponder Augustine’s declaration concerning the birth of Christ, I ought to wonder how far I have strayed from the scriptural view of the birth of Christ. I sometimes think we Christians bask in the light of Jesus’ humanity at Christmas at the expense of His divinity. I often wonder, during this time of year, if Jesus came to visit our home and saw us wrapping presents, listening...

November 14, 2014

While fly fishing many years ago in the Black Hills of South Dakota, I came to understand that trout can be caught in very clear and shallow water, but it is not as easy as one thinks! My first year of fishing in spring creeks was like trying to catch the proverbial brass ring on the merry-go-round. No matter how close I seemed to get to the elusive Brown, he always seemed to be just out of my reach. Usually, they would see me before I would see them.

 

Then one day I discovered that trout, in general, have what the fly fishing experts call a “blind spot.” In shallow water, wh...

October 8, 2014

Have you ever asked yourself, “Why do I do what I do?” To be more specific, add the phrase “IN MINISTRY.”

 

“Why do I do what I do in ministry?”

 

Some of you might answer this way:

 

  1. I do it for the Lord.

  2. I do it because I love people.

  3. I do it for the paycheck.

  4. I do it because I don’t know how to do anything else.

  5. I do it because I don’t want to do anything else.

  6. All the above.

  7. None of the above.

 

On a scale of 1 to 10 (with 10 being the best answer), how would you rate these responses, as being something you would admit to? Let me take a wild...

September 12, 2014

Do you remember playing hide and seek with your friends when you were a kid? You would close your eyes, count to 100 (which was supposed to give your friends enough time to find a good hiding spot), and then you would try to figure out where they were by thinking of all the good spots you would hide if you were them! The problem is that most of the time we didn’t think like our friends and the game would end with the call, “Where are you?!”

 

As I continue to re-read the Apostle Paul’s letter to the Romans, it has occurred to me that, before we were saved, we played hide and s...

August 14, 2014

This is my final entry to my study Bible reviews. We will take a look at one of the oldest study Bibles on the market today, the Ryrie Study Bible. Dr. Charles Caldwell Ryrie compiled this study Bible. He was a Christian writer and theologian who served as Professor of Systematic Theology and Dean of Doctoral Studies at Dallas Theological Seminary and as President and professor at Cairn University. Next to my Scofield Study Bible, the Ryrie Study Bible is probably dearer to me. I used the Ryrie through four years of Bible College, and at least the first couple of years in fu...

July 24, 2014

This month, as promised, I will be reviewing the Holman Christian Standard Study Bible. This is a one-volume Biblical library that should be given some serious consideration if you are looking for a Bible that screams completeness. Although it has some limitations, they are few when it comes to the study Bible scene. Let's take a look at this self-proclaimed comprehensive study Bible

 

First, let’s look at the layout. This is one big, giant-sized study Bible! Wow! If you are thinking of carrying this one to "Sunday go-ta-meeten day," prepare yourself with some serious weight t...

June 7, 2014

As I promised last month, I will turn my attention to the Thompson Chain Reference Bible. I know I have already tipped my hand when I stated last month that it was one of my favorites as a “study Bible.” I am not so sure that this reference Bible should be called a true study Bible (in the same sense as that of the Mac Arthur, Ryrie, Scofield, or Holman study Bibles). Yet for those who want to mine the Word of God for the treasures that it holds, they will certainly get a sense that they are truly studying the Scriptures. The fact of the matter is, the Thompson Chain Referen...

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