Bring Jesus to Your Table

Last Sunday I taught Psalm 103. As I got ready to write a Thanksgiving blog, the first two verses of that Psalm kept coming to my mind: Praise the Lord, my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name. Praise the Lord, my soul, and forget not all his benefits— If you want to […]

Wonder: A must see movie

I wrote about R.J. Palacio’s first novel this past summer. One of you recommended Wonder, and I read it on my vacation. The novel made me want to apply for a job as a middle school English teacher, just so I could discuss this book with seventh and eighth graders. (That sentence alone should cause […]

This is the day you were reborn to live

People probably know you attend church each Sunday, so it is quite possible someone will ask you if you are nervous or scared to do that this week. If it isn’t safe to go to the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, is it safe to go to church anywhere? The real question behind […]

A Cup of Kindness at The Cove

Billy Graham and his wife, Ruth, visited a piece of property outside of Asheville, North Carolina, and had a vision of how it could be used to help people step away from the demands of their earthly lives and focus on their spiritual lives and God’s Kingdom purpose. The property was purchased by the Billy […]

Eyes Wide Open

Clara Scott wrote the hymn Open My Eyes, That I May See and it has been sung for more than one hundred years. The first stanza of the hymn begins: “Open my eyes, that I may see; Glimpses of truth Thou hast for me.” I was recently reminded that I need to pray those words […]

Are we complicating the obvious?

I’ve always been a big fan of James, the author of the book that carries his name. He is one of the guys I think I will most enjoy meeting in heaven. I don’t think James would have watched a lot of television, entered a lot of debates, or spent a lot of time protesting […]

A glimpse of God’s greatness

Sometimes God opens a window and allows us a brief glimpse at the reality of his existence and perfection. The world God created is a visible revelation of his invisible qualities, and every person is given the opportunity to know he is real. When was the last time God revealed his greatness to you? Jim […]

The blinking cursor

I usually write my blog post on Monday mornings, and I am seriously rethinking my schedule. There wasn’t enough coffee in my cup for the day. After reading my morning devotions, I found myself filled with anger toward the news reporters who thought their points of view should be our wisdom. God’s opinion was never […]

Good Books and the Great Book

I have always loved a good book, and this summer I read several. But, even if you are not an avid reader of literature, I want you to read this blog post to the end. Or, if necessary, skip to the end because that last paragraph is for everyone! Before I went on vacation, I […]

His Eye Is on the Sparrow

Civilla Martin wrote the lyrics in 1905, and the hymn, His Eye Is on the Sparrow, has been sung in every church since. She wrote the song because of two people she called “saints of God.” Mrs. Doolittle had been bedridden for almost twenty years, and her husband went to and from his business in […]