Thursday, March 27, 2014


A routine flight from Malaysia to China has gone missing with no explanation since March 8. The search has involved a dozen nations and is featured in news all over the world every day.  Passengers and crew totaled 239, from 14 nations. Their relatives, and many of us with them, have been hoping, praying, and waiting for three weeks now in hope

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

How do you say 'Thanks' for That?

I've been feeling bad about my sins lately, because I still have some. Of course, if you don't have any sins, you don't have to feel bad along with me. But here's a question: once we have know we've been forgiven of our sins, should we work hard to reform ourselves, cleansing

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Confession and Grace

We don't like accepting our weaknesses and sins (those we can admit, theoretically, that we might have). And we hope nobody else can see any, so we show up in public with our Public Face on. But God already knows what's wrong with each human, and he gives each one total forgiveness in Christ. And James 5:16 tells the church community, as we work together, "Confess

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

How to Treat One Another

I just saw this post on another blog and it's so good, I want to share it here. This is an 'infographic' which means it's easy to absorb visually but has great information in it.

If you wonder how we should treat each other, this is a good place to start.

What do you think?

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Follow Jesus and Die (to Self)

Jesus told his followers something really shocking: "If any of you wants to be my follower, you must turn from your selfish ways, take up your cross daily, and follow me." (Luke (9:23). And in Luke 14:27, the saying is in reverse: "And if you do not carry your own cross and follow me, you

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Your Bootstraps Just Broke

Long ago, when I was a boy, people used the expression "pulling yourself up by your own bootstraps" --those were the loops at the top of some boots that helped you get them on your feet. It meant something like "trying to succeed all by yourself" and usually included "and failing" because