Jesus Speaks Assurance

Jesus Speaks Assurance “Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me.” In the hour darkened by the shadow of the cross, Judas’ treachery and Peter’s denial, Jesus speaks words of sublime peace. How like Jesus to focus on the fears of His followers rather than addressing His own needs….

Simply On Vacation

Simply On Vacation As we were planning our long anticipated vacation, I found myself wondering about the things we would do and the places we would see. Some plans were in place, but many of the days were going to be a true adventure into the unknown. It tends to be a little bit scary,…

Handling Change

Handling Change It seems there is something in our human DNA that is resistant to change. We feel more comfortable when things remain the same. I experienced this recently with the education foundation board on which I have served for over thirty years. Ever since 1983, our board had pretty much done the same thing…

Love On Display

Love On Display Where is love most often displayed? I would suggest that it is not in the glamorous, but in the grit and grime of daily living and service. On August 31, 1997, Princess Diana died tragically in a car accident in Paris, France. She was 36 years old. She was a symbol of…

Stress Or Rest

Stress or Rest All the preparation for Holy Week and Resurrection Sunday gave me a serious case of stress. I even had some stress induced dreams the other night. As I sat down to write this article I began to feel ashamed. My stress should go unmentioned when put in the light of Jesus’ stress…

Hope part 2

Hope (Part 2) There are three aspects of hope as it is used in the New Testament that we will consider in this article. They deal with hope as an anchor, as a source of assurance, and basis for anticipation. In the book of Hebrews the writer speaks of God’s faithful character. In the sixth…

Hope part 1

Hope (Part 1) This week I had a very interesting conversation with a dear Christian brother concerning Christian terminology in a post-Christian culture. In particular we discussed the use of the word, hope. What thought does that word convey to the non-believer? Does it mean more than wishful thinking? More than, I hope it doesn’t…

Thoughts on Revelation 17

Thoughts On Revelation (17) Revelation should be viewed more as a book of clarification than one of speculation. Interpreters and scholars have disagreed on images and time frames mentioned in the Revelation, but still the book has many broad lessons for the church throughout all ages. The conflict between good and evil has existed from…

Thoughts on Revelation 16

Thoughts On Revelation (16) In the fourth chapter of Revelation we are told that John hears a voice from heaven saying, “…Come up here, and I will show you things which must take place after this.” That invitation to John sets a few things solidly in place. First is the fact that he is about…

Thoughts On Revelation (15)

Thoughts On Revelation (15) The most recent article I wrote on Revelation concluded with the thought that this final book of the Bible gives sure hope for how it will be when all things are made new. For those who have their hope in Christ, Revelation is a letter of comfort, encouragement and promise. It…