Faith comes hard to us when someone we love and trust hangs us out to dry.

O God, save me by your name, and vindicate me by your might. 2O God, hear my prayer; give ear to the words of my mouth. 3For strangers have risen against me; ruthless men seek my life; they do not set God before themselves. Selah 4Behold, God is my helper; the Lord is the upholder of my life…

25Just then a lawyer stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he said, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?” 26He said to him, “What is written in the law? What do you read there?” 27He answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your s…

What is your least favorite vegetable?

I’ve been working through Romans 7:22-8:14 trying to memorize this passage in Greek, and it is starting to come alive for me.

The Apostle Paul said, “For to me to live is Christ and to die is gain” (Philippians 1:21). Do we believe this?

Now our county, too, has been visited by the coronavirus. Like the springtime swollen waters of a rising creek, the pesky coronavirus has invaded our pastureland of safety and tranquility. The virus is an evil which has changed many things about our life even if we individually aren’t sick. …

In times like these we need old friends—trustworthy friends we can talk to and from whom we can receive a touch. One of mine is Psalm 31:19-20a. Come listen to my friend.

Psalm 51 is a song of joy, yet “Studying the Bible and exploring theology should be unsettling.” Mark G. Johnston notes, “It is not just that we are studying God’s truth in His Word but also that He Himself is studying and exposing us in the process.” The coronavirus and Psalm 51, strange be…

1Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the tomb. 2So she ran and went to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one whom Jesus loved, and said to them, “They have taken the Lord out of the to…

In a circle of pray-ers, Laura, who oozes of Christ, prayed for an ailing man we all knew and said, “Father, help him to not miss the opportunity to draw close to Christ during this time.”

What does the Bible have to say to us, Christ’s people, in the midst of this pandemic?

It is among my very favorite stories and worth repeating at this unusual time of social distancing.

We followers of Jesus often sing and say it, but how is it that we actually love Jesus Christ?

In your world travels or dreams, what is the most beautiful city you would like visit?

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Sometimes, the Psalms take us to unexpected places, like Psalm 49. It is not a glitzy tourist stop. Rather, it is a significant landmark worthy of our attention on our journey to God.

The Shema (Deuteronomy 6:4-5) is the daily prayer of both ancient and modern Jews. At the heart of that prayer is the idea of God’s oneness. When translations put LORD in all caps, it is to show that the Hebrew text is YHWH. Jews will not say YHWH out loud but rather replace it with “Adonai”…

The Scriptures teach a great deal by contrast. Psalm 48 helps us see the contrast between what we experience on earth and what God, through Christ, has done and is planning for us. More importantly, it helps us to see our present reality. Hold on to that big picture as I tell you about a spe…

I’m taking a detour from our walk through the Psalms because of Sierra. She lives five hours away in another state.

1Meanwhile Saul, still breathing threats and murder against the disciples of the Lord, went to the high priest 2and asked him for letters to the synagogues at Damascus, so that if he found any who belonged to the Way, men or women, he might bring them bound to Jerusalem. 3Now as he was going…

Do you have the tragedy gene like I do? Let me explain.

What do the New Testament writers mean when they say that Jesus Christ is Lord? Are they simply saying that Jesus is the one in control? If so, their point would be, Caesar may say that he is in control, but the reality is different; Jesus is the Lord over time and circumstance. It is clear …

It’s really pretty basic when you think of it. Can you drive a stick shift car?

What are the enemies of your joy in Christ?

Shawna, eight years old now, is my third youngest grandkid. I met her at the bus stop last week on Thursday. Whew—what a bundle of energy and joy and enthusiasm! From my view I couldn’t see her step off the bus, but I imagine she jumped high and long. She did run across the street, laughing,…

“And my God will fully satisfy every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:19)

Like David in Psalm 39, we honestly acknowledge we sometimes live “lives of quiet desperation.” Some days, though, we live in a bubble as if this life is heaven on earth. We enjoy the rich life God has given us, confident in the promises of our future life in the presence of Christ soon, and…

I’m thankful for my adoptive Mom and Dad, two salt-of-the-earth people, who adopted me out of a world plagued with poverty and generational sins. Their generosity and Christian faith have influenced me more than I’ll ever possibly realize.

1 Thessalonians 5:18 says, “Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” Here is a starting place for Thanksgiving 2019.

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In our younger years Cheryl and I went to a variety of seasonal productions. When the girls came along we selected venues that would highlight the season and would keep the attention of our girls. We lived near Disneyworld then, and there was always a spectacular spectacle somewhere. These d…

1I appeal to you therefore, brothers and sisters, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. 2Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern wh…

Last week I assisted with the funeral of a Marine Veteran. For sure, it was sad in many respects, but there were also things that made it a rich experience. Family love and connections were strong—their fierce loyalty and affection were evident throughout the day.

What would you think about someone who promised you could be a partaker of the divine nature? Fringe group? New ager?

In today’s white hot political and social environment followers of Christ could use a lesson from Psalm 35. The First Continental Congress did.

53 Then each of them went home, 1while Jesus went to the Mount of Olives. 2Early in the morning he came again to the temple. All the people came to him and he sat down and began to teach them. 3The scribes and the Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught in adultery; and making her stan…

Cheryl and I attended the school play Cinderella last weekend. It was highlighted by two of our elementary school grandkids. One of them was the cutest mouse in the house and the other a lovely narrator, singer, and dancer. The performance, stage, and costumes were amazing. The story is so l…

Like a caring coach on practice days, the Spirit of God rehearses fundamental statements about God in Psalm 28. While we don’t know David’s circumstances, they apply to our game days of life. What particular situation will these basics about God help bring you a victory?

“I have hidden Your word in my heart so that I might not sin against You.” Literally, I have “treasured it.” So says the Psalmist in 119:11. Jesus constantly quoted Scripture as do Paul and the other New Testament writers. This evidences their practice of memorizing Scripture.

What is your favorite thing?

Imagine you were charged or criticized for something you did not do.

My wife makes fun of me for the frequent times I turn to the end of an article or story—first. David understands.

The Gospel of John has some of the most personal and inspiring words of Jesus. This Gospel allows us to sense and experience the life and ministry of Jesus with words that inspire the disciples and words that encourage us. The Gospel is the good news. The good news for us.

I sometimes imagine myself as the infamous fly on the wall, taking in how the scholars of their day put together the order of the Psalms under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. I really do this. No doubt they debated which songs of Israel should be included—their history and our Old Testam…