Thy Word Have I Hid…Just Not Exactly

Thy Word Have I Hid…Just Not Exactly

Once upon a time, I excelled at Bible “sword drill” and Scripture memory challenges. As a pastor’s kid and general all-around overachiever, I could fan the pages of my well-read Bible and start reading a certain passage faster than most. And if there was a verse to be learned by next week, I had it memorized by sundown. After all, as the Psalmist wrote, “Thy word have I hid in my heart that I might not sin

The End Is Near

Our local newspaper has started a series about what readers would want to do in the area before the world ends next Friday, assuming of course (hypothetically) that the Mayans were right and the calendar ends 12/21/12. Some of the ideas included climbing an observation tower near the foothills to get a panoramic view or trying out a new restaurant. But I think the question requires an answer deeper than promoting tourism. What about pursuing unfulfilled dreams? Mending relationships? Helping a

Be Like a Tree in 2012

As the new year stretches before me, the words that keep running through my mind come straight from Scripture. In 2012, I want to be like a tree planted by the waters. “He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth its fruit in its season, whose leaf also shall not wither; and whatever he does shall prosper.” ~Psalm 1:3 NKJV “For he shall be like a tree planted

Football Friday – The Reward

It’s that time of year again. The time when sportscasters debate the intricacies and merits of the various post-season college bowl games and awards. Who is in the running for the Heisman? Who will be playing for the National Championship according to the BCS (Bowl Championship Series) computer and who should be? Who faced the toughest opponents, who won with the greatest point margins, and whose statistics are more impressive? It’s all about comparisons …

The Running Father

“But when he was still a great way off, his father saw him and had compassion, and ran and fell on his neck and kissed him … the father said to his servants, ‘Bring out the best robe and put it on him, and put a ring on his hand and sandals on his feet.’” ~Luke 15:20b, 22 NKJV Don’t get me wrong. I have a great Dad. When it comes to knowing how to

The Loving Shepherd

“If a man has a hundred sheep, and one of them goes astray, does he not leave the ninety-nine and go to the mountains to seek the one that is straying?” ~Matthew 18:12 NKJV Growing up in church, the story of the shepherd with the lost sheep is a familiar one. So, too, are the images of the shepherd returning to the flock carrying the lost lamb across his shoulders. But why did Jesus tell

Being a Servant

“If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet.” ~John 13:14 NKJV The feet around my house are in desperate need of washing. Summer has arrived. Along with the pile of crocs and flip-flops worn by dusty bare feet. Not to mention the sweaty feet inside baseball cleats. But Jesus’ instructions to wash feet had more to do with the attitude of serving than the

Being Light

“You are the light of the world … Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.” ~Matthew 5: 14, 16 (NKJV) I once heard a pastor describe light as God’s signature. From Genesis chapter one when God said “Let there be light” until Revelation chapter 21 when Jesus illuminates the new Jerusalem, light is a sign of God’s glory. A pillar of fire

Being Salt

“You are the salt of the earth.” (Matthew 5:13a NIV) In a health-conscious culture telling us to cut back on our salt intake, it feels odd to be thinking of the substance in a positive light. But Jesus told his followers to be salt. In fact, if they lost their saltiness and weren’t effective, they were “no long good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled by men.” Ouch. In talking about salt,

Living As An Ambassador

“…And you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” (Acts 1:8b NIV) On Wednesday nights, our church has been slowly working our way through the book of Acts. Caught in the period of time between when Jesus ascended into heaven and His return, this book is still being written. During this crucial time, Jesus gave His disciples a mission: to be His witnesses