November 27, 2015 § Leave a comment
…be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. (Colossians 3:15-17)
What is it about being thankful that we don’t get that Paul finds it necessary to mention it three times in the span three verses?
Giving thanks is a simple proposition: God gives to us and we acknowledge from grateful hearts his generosity to us. « Read the rest of this entry »
May 22, 2013 § 1 Comment
Yesterday, I had the privilege of presiding over a time of remembrance and prayer with family and friends at the dedication of a memorial marker for Michael Schroeder, who left this world for the face-to-face presence of God on March 12, 2012. Michael’s wife Lisa commissioned a beautiful marker (below) to provide their sons, Kyle, Blake and Derek, a means of teaching, as God wills, their children of their grandfather’s faith in the promise of God. Here is what I shared.
The practice of setting up memorials has strong biblical precedent. At several important junctures in Israel’s history God directed his people to commemorate an event by the setting up of stones—stones that call the people to remember God’s faithfulness.
One such occasion is recorded in Joshua 4, when the Israelites at last cross the Jordan River into the land promised to Abraham. The crossing was by God’s power, because the river, which was at flood stage, was halted in its course so that Israel could cross on dry land. After the crossing one man from each of the 12 tribes was to take a stone from the dry bed of the Jordan for setting up of memorial at Gilgal, east of the Jordan. « Read the rest of this entry »
February 14, 2013 § 8 Comments
Every January, many evangelical churches use the “anniversary” of the tragic 1973 Supreme Court ruling in Roe v. Wade to celebrate the sanctity of human life. At least one Sunday that month is given to prayer, a special message and testimonies that touch on this critical moral issue. Unfortunately, in most of these churches, when January ends, so does the pro-life emphasis until the next year. « Read the rest of this entry »
December 21, 2012 § 4 Comments
Well, we made it! If you’re reading this then we are still here! Unless, of course, utter destruction awaits when the last time zone enters the 21st of December. I could be wrong, but I don’t think that the Mayans built global time zones into their cosmology. « Read the rest of this entry »