Malachi 4:4-6

What would you say to someone you were not going to talk to again for four centuries?  What final words of wisdom would you leave with them?  After six condemnations of Israel, God ends the message of Malachi with a charge and a promise.  He commands the people to remember the law – the very […]

The Seven Best and Five Worst Books I Read in 2019

On Christmas Eve we had some friends over and something was said about hobbies.  My son and daughter were in the conversation and my son said, “Dad doesn’t have any hobbies.”  He didn’t say this dismissively or critically, he just said what he perceived to be fact.  It’s actually what I would’ve said about me […]

A Plea for Sanity in a Hallmark World

I dream of a place.  A simple place filled with happiness and warmth.  A place where husbands get a chance to decide what’s on TV during the Christmas season.  In this place husbands don’t monopolize the television, they just occasionally watch something other than movies with repeat plots about finding love and the true meaning […]

Malachi 3:13-4:3

It makes sense that a people who do not care about honoring God with their sacrifices and tithes do not think much about coming judgment.  It also makes sense that people who treat worship as an afterthought and have a low view of God do not understand that justice delayed is not justice in doubt.  […]

Physics Poem

The title got you, didn’t it?  Who doesn’t want to read a composition called “Physics Poem”, eh?  First the background: My daughter – a junior in high school – came home from school recently and said she had an assignment from her Physics class to write a poem.  After asking her to repeat what she […]

Romans 8:31-39

This portion of scripture has been called the Christian’s Triumph Song because it shows in ultimate terms that victory belongs to the redeemed.  As believers we sometimes forget to step back from the day-to-day trials and discouragements that make up life in a fallen world and remember that our biggest problem has been solved.  We […]

Romans 8:26-30

In our earlier study of verses 12-13 we said that the answer to the question of who is responsible for our sanctification, God or us, is ‘yes.’  We both have responsibility.  We are responsible for choosing to live according to the Spirit, but we never live alone if we’re in the Spirit and we can’t […]