Is It The Truth?

My father and my maternal grandfather were both members of the Rotary Club. I have always thought of the Rotary Club as a great civic group. For example, their worldwide goal is the eradication of polio. Both my father and grandfather had the Rotary Four-Way Test prominently displayed in their business. The Four-Way Test asks these questions: Is it the …

What You Can Do When Trouble Comes

Trouble comes to all people. James acknowledged this when he wrote: “Count it all joy, my brethren, when you meet various trials” (James 1:2). Isn’t it amazing that James dealt with suffering at the very start of his letter? By doing so, he acknowledged the universality of trial and trouble. Afflictions, troubles, and difficulties are common to human beings. It …

Why Today Could Your Best Ever

Christmas matters. Through the Christ event, the fullness of Christ has been revealed to us. Why does Christmas matter? What did God do on our behalf? First, God works where we live. God did not work outside of history but within the bounds of our world. He came to the real world of Ceasar Augustus, Quirinius, and Joseph and Mary. …

My Hardest Days As A Pastor

Being a pastor is hard. This is not a complaint; it’s simply an acknowledgement of the reality. Most people don’t know what makes being a pastor hard. Yesterday someone talked about preaching being hard. While preaching takes extensive preparation over a lifetime, that is generally not what a pastor would describe as hard or onerous work. In fact, most of …

Facing Life’s Battles

One of life’s truths is that you can either blame the past or someone else or you can do something about the present. You can’t do both. Those people who live in the past cannot function in the present. Those who blame others cannot deal with the real issues they face. You see this problem on every level of life. …

Life’s Gonna Get You Down

Life’s going to get you down. That’s a given. Even the most Godly among us experience ups and downs. The question is what you’re going to do when life gets you down. Elijah’s life gives us some concrete ideas of how we should think when life gets us down. First, remember God is in control. Even when it seemed that …

Making Your Days Count

Moses described the brevity and difficulty of life and asked God to teach us to number our days aright that we may gain a heart of wisdom (Psalm 90:12). Moses’ request shows us that we truly need God to guide our thoughts and to direct our paths. When left to our own thoughts we tend toward the trivial and the …