HE REMEMBERS

A story based on Luke 17:11-19             The old fellow is tired.  His name is Ephraim.  The day has been long and hard… and real good.  All of his family – children, grandchildren, and a few cousins – came to his place for a big get together.  Of course his wife is there, too.  Lots […]

Weird church names

Some church names are just weird. I guess they weren’t really thinking ahead when they chose what to call their church – or they drank too much communion wine.  I once saw a sign in east Texas for “Little Hope Baptist Church” – some but not much “hope for glory” (Colossians 1:27) apparently.  Here are […]

Epic fail

When I was in seminary I played on a church softball team.  In one game I was playing second base and the other team had a runner on first.  The batter hit the ball to shallow center field.  I went to second to take the throw for an easy force out.  Now this was a […]

Reading the Bible for all it’s worth

At the close of his Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7), Jesus said: “Therefore everyone who hears these words of Mine and acts on them, may be compared to a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and slammed against that […]

A poem for Christmas

The Journey Of The Magi by T.S. Eliot ‘A cold coming we had of it, Just the worst time of the year For a journey, and such a long journey: The ways deep and the weather sharp, The very dead of winter.’ And the camels galled, sorefooted, refractory, Lying down in the melting snow. There […]

From the manger to the cross

A shepherd tells his story What a night! What a night that was! I saw things that night that I never imagined I’d ever see! I’m a shepherd. Always have been. Always will be. Shepherding is in my blood. I’ve seen a lot of things out there in the wilderness, in the pastures. Mostly good […]

Start over

Let’s study one of the most well-known sections in the Bible.  Please read it in your own Bible or click on this text and open the link – John 3:1-21. As I said, this is one of the most well-known sections of the Bible, parts of it anyway.  Everyone knows John 3:16.  Everyone has heard […]

How Jesus became king

A lion woke up one morning in the jungle and felt pretty proud of himself.  He decided to take a walk.  He came across a monkey eating bananas and yelled, “Hey, monkey, who’s the king of the jungle?” and let out a tree-shaking roar.  The monkey bowed low and said, “You, great lion, you are […]

Radicalized Christians 3

Hey, law, you can move on now       When the Bible speaks of the Law, it is talking about the entire covenant which God made with Israel when he brought them out of Egypt.  It includes the Ten Commandments, the sacrificial system, the temple organization, the feasts and holy days, the moral commands, the social […]

Recovery for your soul

This is a guide for encountering Christ for yourself. You probably will need to set aside some time to be alone and uninterrupted. Use it any way you need.  Don’t feel you have to be locked in to what I’ve written; follow the Spirit’s lead for you.  I pray God will meet you and give […]