A Straight Path

Proverbs36Do you ever feel like you are drifting the wrong direction?  You are praying, reading Scripture, living the best you know how and yet things still seem to be falling apart around you?

Yep, me too.
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Don’t Forget the Other Half of the Verse!

You’ve heard it before: “resist the Devil, and he will flee”.  But most of us have tried that and found out it is simply not going to work. How can a scriptural requirement to resist the devil be wrong? Clearly there is no problem with the advice that we should resist the devil. In fact it is very good advice! The problem here is that it is only half of the advice. 

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Pentecost: The Day the Church was Born

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“Save yourselves from this corrupt generation.” These words were spoken by Peter on the day the Church was born, and these words still ring as relevant today as on that day.  But there is so much more to the story…

Fifty days after Jesus was resurrected from the dead, his Apostles still lacked direction.

They remained in Jerusalem, waiting for what would happen next. As recorded in Acts 1:8, Jesus told them, “you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”

Yet fifty days later, they were still waiting.

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You Are Good To Me

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The last time I released original music it was Christmas time, and it is exciting to get another song out there. There is a certain joy in the creative process: imagining a lyric phrase or a melody, mapping it out, creating it as a recording one instrument at a time, then sharing it with the world. Hoping that this sentiment or thought or prayer that you care enough about to record is expressed in such a way that someone else out there feels the same way, and is encouraged by what it is that you have created. Continue reading

How Quickly They Begin: The True Meaning of Commencement

1-150RG10G31RAs we move merrily through the month of May, we enter the season of flowers blooming, students graduating, and thoughts of growth. These days are filled with change, and life feels as if it is spinning rapidly into the future, leaving us to marvel at the beauty of it all while considering what was and what will be.

As of this month, I am now the father of not one but two high school graduates.  Which is tough to grasp, because it doesn’t seem very long ago that they were both little kiddos: learning to walk, learning to ride a bike, watching Bear in the Big Blue House on my lap, or sitting in car seats that had way too many straps which were utterly confusing to an otherwise intelligent man such as myself.  Behind these two graduates are three more children that will reach graduation in a blink of an eye.  I know how quickly this will go, because I remember the old folks talking about how quickly life speeds by and thinking they were crazy. Don’t be fooled, a few years on the other side of 40 is enough to prove to me that the old folks were right. Continue reading

I’ve Read Psalm 91 Dozens of Times, but Never Noticed THIS!

39624-GirlReadBibleSurprised_Thinkstock_Janifest.1200w.tnPsalm 91:1-2 has become one of my favorite passages of Scripture:

Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High
will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
I will say of the LORD, “He is my refuge and my fortress,
my God, in whom I trust.”
(emphasis mine)

When life is draining and there seems to be no time or place to rest, these words are reassuring, comforting and encouraging. When things appear to be their worst, I tend to get a bit negative, and most of us are like that. Our natural tendency is to get down and miss out on what God may be doing in our situation.

But there is also a deeper meaning in this passage, hidden in plain sight. In these verses there are four names for God: the Most High, the Almighty, the Lord, my God. Why does the writer use four different names in two verses, and what is significant about it?

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Five Scriptures to Pray As You Start Your Day

colossians 315This morning was one of those that found me frazzled over things I should have dealt with yesterday and had to address this morning. Of course, I was edgy with the kids and reactionary to things that weren’t really a big deal, overwhelmed for no particular reason. It set a poor tone for the day and isn’t the good start I wanted everyone to get. Instead of harping on who hasn’t packed their lunch yet and who left their shoes on the porch, these morning minutes would have been better spent as a time of peaceful encouragement before facing the day. Continue reading