The End and The Beginning

There are fundamental truths that people know but do not think about enough. We all know about gravity but we don't think about it much until we fall down. The thing I have in mind is this: The end of one thing is always the beginning of something else. The year 2005 is drawing to a close, but 2006 will follow, missing nary a beat.

A Good Young Man

Josiah was made king over Judah when he was only eight years old. He reigned for thirty-one years (2 Chronicles 34:1). In all that time he " did that which was right in the sight of the Lord and walked in the ways of David his father, and declined to the right hand, nor to the left" (34:2). Josiah was a good young man.

Double-Edged Christmas

There is no doubt that the holiday season can be a good time of the year. We get together with family and friends. Our kitchens produce special treats that we spend January and February attempting to remove. There are holiday trips, and gifts to give and many other things that make the holidays enjoyable. Yet there is a downside to the holidays and it is double-edged.

The Attitude of Thankfulness

I really like Thanksgiving. It is a wonderful time of the year. Yes, and the special meal is not a bad thing either! As a matter of fact, the one question we asked the doctor before Ginger's recent surgery was "Will she be able to cook by Thanksgiving?" We are proud to say that he replied in the affirmative.

Read and Stand Fast

A fascinating aspect of Paul's letter to the Galatians is that it is a powerfully simple explanation of the scheme of redemption. I have at least five commentaries on the book of Galatians in my library that exceed four hundred pages in length. Yet in the copy of the New Testament at my left hand as I write this, the letter is a little over six pages long. I do not disdain the scholarship and diligence of those who write lengthy analyses of Biblical books; indeed I admire such efforts. But at the day's end it must be said at times that the letter itself sheds light on the commentary.

Tammy Hill

It has been a tough and busy time here at Hobbs Street of late. The loss of sister Tammy Hill has been and still is on our minds. Tammy was a great friend and a very caring person who left us much too early at only thirty-nine. She did her best to do good things for her family and friends. She was great fun to be around. She was irreplaceable.

Supporting the Gospel

Paul loved the church at Philippi and the church there evidently loved him. He wrote to encourage them and they supported his efforts in preaching the truth elsewhere (1:4, 10; 4:15-16). A striking line is found in 1:27 where he wrote: Only let your conversation be as it becomes the gospel of Christ: that whether I come or be absent. I may hear of your affairs, that you stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel.

Gospel Meeting Begins

Have you thought about the way we identify the activity that begins here at West Hobbs Street this Sunday? We call it a "Gospel Meeting." Some folks call these things revivals but we usually call them gospel meetings. Have you ever wondered why? I have.

Word Power

One of the lessons of the book of Genesis is that people organize themselves into groups based on affinity. The greatest apparent point affinity among men is language. Nations are born out of the fact of a common language. Later in the Biblical text nations come to be known by the language they speak. The language we speak is a fundamental building block in the formation of society. The body politic is derivative of the people's use of language.

Thoughts From Guyana

One of the blessings of this work is that I have been able to go to Guyana. Since I have been there a number of times there is a certain similarity to the trips. But each is also very different and I learn something new every time.