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  • If you've been around much at all, you've heard the accusation. "You Christians pick and choose which verses you're going to obey." Pretty common. Why do they say it? Well, at the bottom, of course, it's because they figure if they can cast aspersions on us, they can use that as a reason to ignore…
    July 8, 2020
  •  The Problem of Evil is the complaint about God that if evil exists, He doesn't. You know. If God is all good and all powerful, why doesn't He eliminate evil? Must not be there. Another way this question is put to the believer is this. "Do you think this is the best of all possible worlds?" It's…
    July 1, 2020
  • In Acts 8 we are introduced to a character named Simon. He is a magician (however that is meant) (Acts 8:9). Up until Philip arrived preaching the gospel, Simon was regarded as "the Great Power of God" (Acts 8:10), but when Philip showed up it says, "Even Simon himself believed" and was…
    June 24, 2020
  • Well, it has happened again. Another "Christian singer" has defected, has "deconverted," has declared his allegiance to "no God." He's done it in typical "deconversion" style by not only saying, "I don't believe anymore," but adding, "And neither should you."…
    June 17, 2020
  • I was looking at an article the other day entitled How to Become an Expert. Generic enough. Not "an expert in" anything particular. Just ... an expert. The overarching answer they gave was "deliberate practice." This refers to practicing whatever it is in order to improve your skills more…
    June 10, 2020
  • I think I've mentioned this in the past. All of my life I've had a problem with poor self-esteem. Now, of course, I'm one of a very few that despises the term, "self-esteem." It's not the same as self-image. Self-image refers merely to how one views oneself without regard to valuation. Self-esteem…
    June 3, 2020
  • It's a common complaint among many. "I've looked for a good church in my area, but I can't find one." Maybe the music is too loud or too boring. Maybe the preaching isn't ... whatever. Not enough of the Word. Too much of the world. "I'm not being fed." "I'm not able to worship."…
    May 27, 2020
  • When Barack Obama was in office, he famously quoted Scripture for a cause of the moment. He referred to Jesus's words, "As you did it to one of the least of these My brothers, you did it to Me." (Matt 25:40) It is part of the Social Justice mantra. "The least of these." "Look," they say,…
    May 20, 2020
  • It's a simple fact. do need prayer. And I mean that in two different ways. I'm sure the first that comes to mind is, "Oh, he has something he needs people to pray for him about." Yes. That's one. I have lots of things and concerns about which I pray and I need people to come alongside and join me in…
    May 13, 2020
  • Everyone ... it seems like literally everyone ... knows what we call "the Golden Rule." They can even quote it word for word from Christ's lips. "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you." Complete with King James language. It's not in there, of course. You can't…
    May 6, 2020
  • Okay, so it's somewhat of a large passage. But it's necessary, so I'll put it down here and then refer to it as we go: Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is. And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit, addressing one another…
    April 29, 2020
  • Some time ago I was leaving my family at home while I drove to the airport for a business trip overseas. I prayed as I went. "Dear Lord, please watch over my family while I'm gone." It was one of the few times I felt like I actually heard a response from God. "Did you think it has been you watching over…
    April 22, 2020
  • In this COVID-19 panicked world, my wife posted a (very brief) video recently that showed our "watching party" -- us two and 6 other people gathered from our church to be together in small fashion to worship during the online service. We didn't exceed any suggested limits. We didn't come in close contact.…
    April 15, 2020
  • This week we have the convergence of two events. One is the pandemic crisis and the other is the celebration of the Resurrection. How do these relate? Paul was writing to the church at Thessalonica. He wanted to reassure them about those who had died. He wanted them to know that because Jesus died and rose again,…
    April 8, 2020
  • "You're not understanding that text correctly." I've heard it; I've said it; I've been told it. Now, some will argue that the Bible is not a  reliable book. Setting that idea aside (because "You're not understanding that unreliable text correctly" is a pointless…
    April 1, 2020

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Born and raised in a Christian home, I've been treated to immersion in the Word and squandered it. "But God ..." I love the phrase. God has been faithful when I was unfaithful. At every turn He has crowded me to Him.

I'm married with four grown children and (currently) four grandchildren. My wife and I live in sunny Phoenix by choice. I hope to encourage people with my words and to share with others what God has shared with me.

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