Your Reputation Precedes You

Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them. – Matthew 7:20 My family and I have spent the past few days packing for a long-awaited vacation to the Great Lakes region. Because we’re not big fans of hotels, we reserved a place to stay through Home Away. It’s a family home on several acres within walking distance of a… Continue reading Your Reputation Precedes You

Planting, Watering, and Harvesting

I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase. – 1 Corinthians 3:6 I’m a huge fan of the PBS series “Poirot,” which ran intermittently over the course of twenty-five years. In the series, David Suchet brought to life Agatha Christie’s super sleuth with the unequaled “little gray cells,” Hercule Poirot. I’ll finish the final season… Continue reading Planting, Watering, and Harvesting

Should Christians Adopt the Phrase, “You Do You”?

In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them. – 2 Corinthians 4:4 For to me to live is Christ. – Philippians 1:21a You do you has become oft-used phrase that seems to mean, “be yourself,” or, “be true to who you are.” In one sense,… Continue reading Should Christians Adopt the Phrase, “You Do You”?

Tired, Dirty, Beautiful Feet

How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him that bringeth good tidings, that publisheth peace; that bringeth good tidings of good, that publisheth salvation; that saith unto Zion, Thy God reigneth! – Isaiah 52:7 No one I know has legitimately pretty feet - except infants, about whom everything is cute.   I try to pretty up my… Continue reading Tired, Dirty, Beautiful Feet

We Can’t Save People

No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him. - John 6:44a But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. – 1 Corinthians 2:14 In my last post,… Continue reading We Can’t Save People

Mercy and Truth, Carrots and Peas

Last week in my children’s church class, a fellow teacher shared the concept of mercy and truth with the kids. Did you know that mercy and truth are paired more than fifteen times in Scripture, and that mercy is always first? Mercy and truth are met together; righteousness and peace have kissed each other. – Psalm 85:10 Let not mercy and truth forsake thee:… Continue reading Mercy and Truth, Carrots and Peas

Not Ashamed

One of the Apostle Paul’s most quoted phrases may be, “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ.” Lyrics of more than one Christian song have been written based upon that theme, which is the first part of Romans 1:16. For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to… Continue reading Not Ashamed

God Giveth the Increase

My daughter is missions-minded. Not like I was as a child, with a vague idea of teaching flannelgraph Bible stories (remember those?) to little African children, but for real. She inspires and encourages me to get out of my do-gooder comfort zone and find ways to actually introduce the Lord to people. In an ideal… Continue reading God Giveth the Increase