Our culture is addicted to success. From parenting to painting to online image managing, we are constantly bombarded with a thousand and one means by which we are promised a success that has to this point eluded us. Churches and other religious organizations are often not far behind in their promises. If you will follow…Details
Starting tonight, and running through Thursday, our church will be experiencing Family Camp at Tall Timber Ranch. Since the primary purpose of this blog is to serve the members of our church, I will be scheduling “flashbacks” of our most popular posts during this time. Enjoy!
To be a follower of the Crucified means, sooner or later, a personal encounter with the cross. And the cross always entails loss. The great symbol of Christianity means sacrifice and no one who calls himself a Christian can evade this stark fact.
Elisabeth Elliot, These Strange Ashes, (Revell, 1998), 145
Chapter Eight It is from this chapter that the title of the book comes. At her very lowest point, when everything, even the feeling of God’s presence, was gone, Darlene learned the greatest lesson of all. Our faith rests directly on the character of God. Not only does it not rest on our circumstances—she…Details
Plan Now to Die Well If you don’t have a better plan for how you are going to die, someone will probably just turn on the television… Nothing will be more discordant in that final hour than the television. And nothing sweeter than the “heavenlie sound” of friends singing and reading the word of God.…Details
What is meant by our being citizens in heaven? It means that we are under heaven’s government. Christ the king of heaven reigns in our hearts; our daily prayer is, “Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” The proclamations issued from the throne of glory are freely received by us: the…Details
A lexicon is simply another name for a dictionary. Both “lexicon” and “dictionary” came into English from Latin and both of them mean essentially the same thing. “Dictionary” was native to Latin—“lexicon” came from the Greek into Latin before being imported into English. For various historical reasons, however, scholars typically refer to dictionaries of ancient…Details
I love to shop. I love pushing carts and carrying bags, no matter if I am shopping for shoes or groceries. I especially love it when my mom takes all five of my sisters and me on an all-day shopping adventure for our annual Girls’ Day celebration. We usually start at Goodwill and then drive…Details
Chapter Six As Darlene writes in this chapter, it can sometimes be easier to forgive wrongs done commited against us than than injustices done to those we love. The reality is that the greatest bitterness is rarely caused by the greatest wrongs. If we allow unforgiveness to rankle in our hearts it will destroy us,…Details