Book of James

James 1:1-4   James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, to the twelve tribes scattered among the nations: Greetings. Trials and Temptations Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3. because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. 4. Perseverance must finish…

Stonewall Jackson

General Stonewall Jackson When General Stonewall Jackson lost an arm in battle, his chaplain exclaimed, “Oh, General, what a calamity!” Jackson thanked him for his sympathy, but replied, “You see me wounded, but not depressed, not unhappy. I believe it has been according to God’s holy will, and I acquiesce entirely in it. You may…

Feelings

  “My sheep listen to My voice—no one can snatch them out of My hand.” John 10:28   Trent and Pastor Al were going over their weekly study material when Trent said, “I’ve got to admit that sometimes I feel confused about my Christianity, pastor. I feel like someone wandering in the desert without a…

Happy New Year – 2017

Some say “the universe”, some say “fate”, some say “karma”, some say “luck”, some just shake their heads and say “whatever, it’s all good”. But the absolute truth is that God, who created everything with His spoken Word, sent His Son Jesus, the Christ, to live and then die as a sacrifice for our sins….

A Virgin Gives Birth

“A child is born to us, a son is given to us”  Isaiah 9.6 Amidst the various Christmas decorations we see popping up each year stand a variety of what we call Nativity or Manger scenes representing the birth of Christ. These range in size from tabletop to life size. Some even have what are…

By His Stripes We Are Healed?

  “By His wounds you are healed!”  1 Peter 1:24   Partial quotes and quoting out of context are popular among Christians who wish something to be true. In this case, I am talking about a verse found in Isaiah 53 and 1 Peter 2. In the King James Version it reads, “…and with His…

What’s For Dinner?

“Your words were found and I ate them. . .” Jeremiah 15:16 After fasting forty days and forty nights Jesus was hungry! Incredibly hungry. His body would have been screaming for sustenance. In one translation it says, “And the tempter came to him, “If you are the Son of God, command these stones to become…

Demonic Spirits

Dear friends, do not believe everyone who claims to speak by the Spirit- 1 Jn 4:1 This is a true story taken from “I Talked With Spirits” by Victor Ernest who grew up in a home that conducted seances and believed in spiritualism. Vic became a Baptist minister who understood the absolute truth of the…

Election’s Over – Now What?

2 Chronicles 7:14 “If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” As the realization of the Presidential election results resounds around the…

Thought Life

  “What he thinks is what he really is.”  Prov. 23:7 Most everyone who knew Michael enjoyed his company. He was an excellent supervisor, a mature elder, a gifted city-league ball player, a charitable man, father and husband of one wife. Michael was the kind of guy people would line up to toast at his…

Who Should Be President?

THE LESSER OF TWO EVILS! It’s finally happened. The high-flying Red, White and Blue is stained with the wretched colors of thousands of political exaggerations and lies poured out onto the airwaves as well as the internet. Once votes are cast and counted the lesser of two evils will wear the mantle of President of…