Posts from 2020

Posts from 2020

handsandfeet

Becoming His Hands and Feet…

  Wouldn’t it be interesting to know the number of people Jesus Christ touched with His hands? We know Jesus touched the multitudes that He healed… Luke 4:40 says, “When the sun was setting, all those who had any that were sick with various diseases brought them to Him; and He laid His hands on every one of them and healed them.” Can you imagine what it would be like to be touched by the hands of the Savior of…
communication

Crucial Connection

  In October of 1962, the world came perhaps the closest it ever has in all of modern history to all-out nuclear war.  During what became known as the Cuban Missile Crisis, leaders of the U.S. and the Soviet Union engaged in a tense, 13-day political and military standoff over the installation of nuclear-armed Soviet missiles in Cuba, just 90 miles from U.S. shores. What made matters worse at this crucial time of international conflict was a near failure in…
Grace

God’s Grace, Free but not Unconditional

        “Grace” is one of the most frequently used biblical words. At the same time, it may be one of the most commonly misunderstood biblical words. Many religious people mistakenly believe that grace refers to something that is free but also something that is unconditional. It is true that the grace of God, by which we are saved, is free. Ephesians 2:8 says, “For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your…
wordsmatter

Words Matter

        According to research conducted at the University of Arizona and published in the July 6, 2007 issue of Science magazine, the average person, regardless of gender, speaks approximately 16,000 words per day. That results in 5.8 million words spoken annually and more than 400 billion words spoken over an average lifetime. Needless to say, that is a lot of words, and that number does not even include the words we write, type, text, or post! With so many…
toughconversation

The Tough Conversations…

One of the most uncomfortable parts of our lives has to be when we find ourselves needing to have a tough conversation. Whether it is a discussion that has been put off for far too long or a situation that must be dealt with at a moment’s notice, tough conversations are a part of our lives. We may run from them, we may hide, but at the end of the day, sometimes when we least expect it, we are forced…
areyouready

Prepared But Not Ready

On June 28th, 1914 an assassination took place in which the Archduke of Austria, Franz Ferdinand, was killed by a political extremist while riding in a parade. This single event is credited as the lynchpin that set off the first World War, one that would last over four years and forever change the course of history. Armies from around the world prepared themselves to enter into this conflict, whether or not they truly were ready is the question. WWI is…
whosesideareyouon

Whose Side Are You On

      Maybe you are familiar with the events that unfolded at the base of Mount Sinai in Exodus 32 when the Israelites worshipped a golden calf, and the original Tablets of the Testimony were shattered. As you reflect on that story, put yourself in it, and consider with which of the following three groups you would have been aligned. We’ll call the first group, the idolators. This group asked Aaron to make them an idol because they interpreted…
unity

That the World May Believe…

    “I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word; that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us that the world may believe that You sent Me,” John 17:20-21. These were the words of the Savior the night before He was sacrificed for the sins of humanity. Above all the pain and agony…
loveistheanswer

Love, Our Answer

      As I was taking a Christian Ethics class at a seminary, I proposed a term paper. My proposal was that “righteousness could be the answer to most of the questions of Christian Ethics.” The professor turned it down, saying, “You are saying my job is not necessary.” I still believe the thesis is true and what the Bible teaches. Since the subject of justice is prominent in this country, I would like to share this idea with…
Head and the Heart

The Head & the Heart

      The Roman empire from centuries ago was (and is still) known for its massive military dominance over surrounding countries and enemies. Rome engaged better-trained men on the battlefield, improved weaponry fit for their fighting style, and most of all, they were trained in superior tactics. Early on, however, there existed one major systematic flaw that hamstrung them time and time again. At any given battle, on any given day, Rome employed two separate Generals who took turns…
changing colors

The Immutability of God

    Last Tuesday was the first day of autumn. That means for the past couple of weeks, we have witnessed the changing of the seasons. Temperatures have cooled and leaves are beginning their color transformation. And when leaves change colors, I am reminded of one of the most important yet easily overlooked characteristics of God. Scripture asserts that God is immutable. Immutability means that God does not and will not change. This is the attribute to which one of…
dream of unity

A Dream We Are Fighting For

    In the Summer of 2009, one semester before finishing my first Bible degree at Freed-Hardeman University, my family was invited on a trip with the Korean ministers in the United States. That was my first time meeting with some ministers of the Korean churches of Christ. Most of them were retired from ministry or getting ready to retire. They were the first generation of the Korean churches of Christ ministers and their wives in the United States. They…