Instituted by God

Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God. –Romans 13:1 (ESV) I want to stay away from bad things. During my life I sometimes struggle. Still, with the help of God, I desire to[Read More…]

Devoted to the Teaching

And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. –Acts 2:42 (ESV) I hear the word “devotion” and I think of my love for God and my love for my family. I am “devoted” to them. When I think about the Church and my[Read More…]

Only One Way?

Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life.  No one comes to the Father except through me.” –John 14:6 (ESV) I spent over 30 years in the military. During those years I became very familiar with the military decision making process. It was all about planning and contingencies.[Read More…]

Is the Bible History?

 … it seemed good to me also, having followed all things closely for some time past, to write an orderly account for you, most excellent Theophilus, that you may have certainty concerning the things you have been taught.  –Luke 1:3-4 (ESV) I tried to journal, off and on, unsuccessfully, for[Read More…]

Responding to Sickness

For she said, “If I touch even his garments, I will be made well.”  –Mark 5:28 (ESV) I don’t like being sick. Yet, on this Wednesday morning I am. I’m running a fever. I’m coughing hard. My throat is sore. My whole chest area is aching. Yuck.  So, here I[Read More…]

Do I Believe Lies?

Tell people, ‘His disciples came by night and stole him away while we were asleep.’ –Matthew 28:13 (ESV) I really embrace telling the truth. I don’t want to lie. Sometimes, though, it is hard to know the truth.  Perhaps I should share an example. How about, “God is love”? I believe[Read More…]

Am I a Thief?

Will man rob God? Yet you are robbing me.But you say, ‘How have we robbed you?’In your tithes and contributions. –Malachi 3:8 (ESV) I watch crime shows. I think there are two types. Some shows support the police. These shows are all about catching the criminal. Other shows glorify the[Read More…]

Jesus and the Donkey

Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout aloud, O daughter of Jerusalem!Behold, your king is coming to you; righteous and having salvation is he,humble and mounted on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey. –Zechariah 9:9 (ESV) I have never ridden a donkey. I’ve never really wanted[Read More…]

The Government, the Church, and Me

Yet now be strong, O Zerubbabel, declares the Lord. Be strong, O Joshua, son of Jehozadak, the high priest. Be strong, all you people of the land, declares the Lord. Work, for I am with you, declares the Lord of hosts –Haggai 2:4 (ESV) Yesterday, Debbie and I met with two Kansas pastors in our Kansas Capitol. We met with five[Read More…]

Cleaning Up the Earth

“I will utterly sweep away everythingfrom the face of the earth,” declares the Lord. –Zephaniah 1:2 (ESV) I was about 10-years-old. My dad gave me a chore to sweep our patio. Our patio wasn’t that big, but I took a while. I then told my dad I was done. Well,[Read More…]