Only One Life

Only One Life

Only one life,’ twill soon be past, Only what’s done for Christ will last.

Only One Security

Only One Security

In a fallen world, life is not safe; there is much to fear. Insecurity gnaws deep within. Where can I find security? True security? Lasting security?

Pleasing the Lord

Pleasing the Lord

In the Christian life, solving ethical dilemmas is seldom easy…

An Overflowing Heart

An Overflowing Heart

We are responsible for our thought life and it really does impact so much of the rest of our lives.

God's Two Sheepdogs

God's Two Sheepdogs

With God as your Shepherd, goodness and mercy shall follow you all the days of your life. What does this mean for the Christian?

What will Death be Like?

What will Death be Like?

In recent weeks, Darlene and I have talked often about death— what will happen, what will we see, how will we feel?

Entering into Temptation

Entering into Temptation

Jesus says, “Watch and pray lest you enter into temptation.” Temptation is when the devil reaches through the keyhole of your soul. You enter into temptation, however, when you unlock the door and leave it ajar.

All of Life is Worship

All of Life is Worship

“Sin is the ever-present drive to replace God.” This is what makes it so foolish and wicked.


Where Will all this End?

Where Will all this End?

Sometimes we find ourselves wondering, where will this all end up? I feel this way looking at the evening news, the rise of radical Islam, the sexual anarchy gripping Western Civilization, and the rumored impending collapse of “Christendom.” 


Slip Sliding Away

Slip Sliding Away

How does a soul, a family, a nation drift away from God?

The Faithfulness of God

The Faithfulness of God

Back behind the devil’s tireless efforts to trip you up, there lies the ever constant, never failing protecting hand of God.

Getting Your Point Across

Getting Your Point Across

Even the best of marriages are beset by communication difficulties. Part of our problem is that we leave so much unsaid in our communication…

For the Love of God

For the Love of God

Our Christian life will never outgrow our knowledge of God’s love. It is the root from which everything else grows (Eph 3:17).

Walking in the Light

Walking in the Light

How can you claim to be walking with God, if your life trajectory is constantly moving away from Him?

At the Father's Table

At the Father's Table

God has filled the simple act of eating with a significance far beyond the daily necessities of nutrition. A deep and abiding social instinct draws us to the table together. Though we can snack alone, we prefer to meal together. Food is the universal language of love, and dining alone feels like a deserted city, an empty church, a dark fireplace. Solitary meals may satisfy one hunger, but they inflame all the rest. 


Lighting the Fire

Lighting the Fire

When it comes to educating teenagers, the thing you have to remember is that it’s not so much about filling a bucket, it is about lighting a fire!”

No Open Windows

No Open Windows

Psalm 121:8
8 The LORD will keep your going out and your coming in from this time forth and forevermore.

Brigitte Macron, the French first lady, complained this week regarding the overly restrictive atmosphere in the White house, “Mrs Trump can’t do anything,” she whined,  “She can’t even open a window at the White House.” According to the Guardian's translation of Le Monde's French-language report, Brigitte continued, “She can’t go outside. She’s much more constrained than I am. I go out every day in Paris.”

My first thought when I read this was gratitude to our Secret Service. It seems they are actually concerned to keep the First Family alive. Every threat has been anticipated. Every avenue of attack has been closed down. Open windows represent a chink in the armor, a way for threats to enter, a risk factor threatening the atmosphere of safety inside the “Shield.”

My next thought after hearing Ms. Macron’s complaint was to think of our heavenly Father. He, too, has a “no open windows” policy around His children. No evil will be allowed near us (Psalm121:7), that is to say no unintended evil, unpermitted evil, evil that is not designed to work together for our good (Romans 8:28).

What an encouraging thought. An unseen protector has His eye on you continually. Before the President makes a trip from the White House, the agents spend up to 3 months planning every detail. But God has spent eternity planning your every movement. Life never takes Him by surprise. When things go “wrong” in our day, we sometimes say, “Stuff happens!” Life seems so unpredictable. But that is precisely what does not happen in God’s plan. Stuff never happens to Him. God has it all in His hands.  From Him, and through Him, and to Him are all things. He see’s every cell of your body. No hidden malignancy escapes his notice. The one who kept even the dogs from growling against Israel in Egypt (Exodus 11:7), keeps an omnipotent muzzle on the demonic forces who mean us woe. On His calendar, He marked the day you took your first breath, and He has marked the day, the hour, the second, you will take your last one. Every day in between is scheduled by kind providence. “The steps of a man are established by the Lord, and He delights in His way. When he falls, he will not be hurled headlong, for the Lord is the One who holds His hand.” Psalm 37:23-24). I have been meditating on this verse recently. Do you realize, Christian, God puts His heart into His plans for you. How this thought should silence every complaint. An old writer once said, “If I had the power of God there are many details I would change in my life, but if I had His wisdom and love, I would leave things exactly as they are!” Where in your life are you tempted to demur? Where is your soul tensing, resisting the massaging hands of God’s grace.  He is rubbing the knots out. At times, to be sure, this process will be painful. The key is to relax into the pressure. He means us well and is too wise to err, and too loving to cause His child a needless tear. Whatever befalls you this week. Remember God’s no “open window policy.” You are His beloved. Everything is in His hands.

A Trinity of Evil

A Trinity of Evil

In the book of Revelation, John speaks also of a Trinity from the pit of hell: The Dragon, His image— the Beast from the Sea, and the Beast from the land.