Never Forget

In 1 Samuel 15 God charged King Saul with the responsibility of wiping out the people of Amalek. The instructions come through the prophet/judge Samuel who later had the duty of rebuking Saul. The king earned his rebuke by not doing as God had commanded him. God wanted the Amalekites utterly destroyed. Saul was taught that day "to obey is better than sacrifice" (1 Samuel 15:22).

Can We Be Good?

What makes somebody good? This is a tricky question. Remember that Jesus had a fellow ask him a question that went this way: "Good Master, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life?"(Matthew 19:16). This man wanted a formula to follow and specific thing to do. Jesus answered him not to his liking. In the process of reply the Lord said this: "Why callest thou me good? There is none good but one, that is God ."

Patience

Faith, Love, and Hope

When Paul spoke of faith, love and hope in 1 Corinthians 13:13 he used a different order, "faith, hope and love." The order here is from Colossians 1:3-5. In 1 Corinthians Paul made it plain that the greatest of the three was love. So it must be that the order he chose in Colossians is not one of lesser to greater. But he does use a different order and one wonders why.

Frailty

I have never viewed myself as physically frail. Indeed, when folks tell me that I need to slow down, or some such thing, I allow myself a little silent chuckle. I knew that I would not slow down. Didn't want to. Wasn't going to. End of story.

Self-Promotion and Preaching

It may be a dangerous thing to write or talk about one's work, even in a generic sense. However, some things I've read lately cause me to so, at least in these few lines.

Good Reasons To Reject The Lord

I hope I know what you are thinking "There is no good reason to reject the Lord!" And you are of course, correct! The problem is that many people do reject Him and they surely must have their reasons. What could they be? This is the question I wish to explore.

The Power of Love

Huey Lewis and the News had a number one hit with a song by this name from the soundtrack to the movie Back to the Future (1985). You may remember some of the lyrics: It don't take money and it don't take fame, Don't need no credit card to ride this train. Tougher than diamonds and stronger than steel, You won't feel nothing till you feel the power of love. Allowing for the fact that it is, after all, rock and roll, it is difficult to argue with the primary thesis of this little ditty. Love is a powerful thing.

The Leverage Of Mistakes

Mistakes. We all make them. Even me. Just last Sunday night I was preaching away, a bit too hurriedly, on the book of Philippians. I had intended to say that Paul was in bonds at Caesar's palace in Rome, but I ended up saying he was in Caesarea. I never have believed he was there when he wrote Philippians, but I said it and by the time my old mind realized it was too late to fix it then. Sad fact is, that's not the only time I've made a mistake and it is nowhere near the worst one I've made. After all, I once owned a Fiat.

The Debt I Owe My Fellow Christians

The concept of debt is familiar to Bible readers. Paul said, "I am debtor both to the Greeks, and to the Barbarians; both to the wise, and to the unwise. So as much as in me is, I am ready to preach the gospel to you that are at Rome also" (Romans 1:14-15). A debt is an obligation, a duty, or what is owed. Paul felt a responsibility to preach the saving gospel of Christ (Romans 1:16) because he had been saved by it himself.