Daily Crosses

I fear we have concocted a “dying to self” that is something that occurs only in the sterile ivory palace of our pietistic devotion to the Lord.  This is more than a “spiritual” dying.  It is not one Continue reading

Dying And Fruit Bearing

Each spring we plant seeds in the ground so that they might die and be multiplied.  Jesus said of Himself, “Unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it Continue reading

Hearers Only

  Sometimes it appears that persons who most need to hear a word do not hear it, though they appear to be listening.   Anything contrary to the grain of their well chosen ways is filtered Continue reading


Recovery literature has a powerful acronym for ego.  It is E.G.O., Edging God Out. That has happened from Eden forward.  We want to be in control, so we push God to the parameters of our lives, if not Continue reading

How To Treat People

The New Testament lays out three ways we are to treat our fellow humans.  1) You are to treat people like you would like to be treated.  2) You are to treat people like Jesus would treat them.  3) You Continue reading

King Of The Earth

“Sing praises to our King, sing praises. For God is the King of all the earth” Psalm 47:6b-7a (NASB).  God is King above all kings, Ruler above all rulers and LORD of all Lords.  His kingdom is called Continue reading

Dying For Sinners

Why would someone lay down their life for mean people?  Sinners?  Rebels?  God haters?  The Self-centered?  The arrogant?  Evil persons?  The unkind, unthankful and the unruly?  Just outright bad Continue reading

A Very Present Help

We do not serve God to use Him for our benefit.  However, without doubt, serving God means He is always present with us to help us.  Sometimes His help is obvious.  Sometimes it is not.  He does a Continue reading

Cease Striving

"Cease striving and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth" Psalm 46:10 (NASB).  We want to fix it!  We fret when we can’t!  We can’t be still.  What Continue reading

Life’s Brevity

“LORD,…Let me know how transient I am.”  Do you know yet how short your earthly days really are?  A vapor!  Wilting grass!  A fading flower!  A breath!  A sigh!  A blink of the eye!  O Lord, teach us Continue reading