Every Spiritual Blessing

Paul, as he began the epistle to the Ephesians (chapter 1), wrote of how they had available to them “every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ…” This begins a powerful section of scripture in which Paul enumerates several (but not all) of these blessings. The importance of this statement is far reaching! If […]

Truly, God is Good…

Truly God is good to Israel, To such as are pure in heart. (Psalm 73:1) As I begin this article, I believe it is imperative to convey to you, dear reader, that this is a much more “personal” article than I would normally pen. However, the events of the last couple of weeks in the […]

A Hedge of Protection…

Comedian Tim Hawkins has a bit that he does in which he talks about how many Christians pray. In the midst of that comedy piece, Hawkins talks about how many will pray for a “hedge of protection” around a person or family. This is an idea that many people in the religious world use to […]

Desire to Sin Without Rebuke…

I have read, with great interest, over the last few days, articles and ensuing discussions centered on sinful behavior. One discussion I have followed has had a recurring theme that seems to be present any time we try to have a discussion about any sin. That theme is: We are all sinners, so don’t condemn […]

Selfless Vs. Selfish

Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you. Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing […]

Memorial For John William Daines (Pappy)

I would like to introduce to you, at least a bit, my grandfather, who passed away last week and was laid to rest yesterday. These are the thoughts that I was honored to present at his graveside, where his body will lie until raised incorruptible in that final day… John Daines Memorial, December 17, 2012 I am […]

A Great Example of a Good Man

This is an article that I wrote as I prepared for my grandfather’s funeral… Funerals are always a time of mourning the loss of a loved one. There is no avoiding the pain that comes with knowing that one that you hold so dear has gone to his eternal reward. However, the time of the […]

Lessons From Lot…

As I have been reading from the book of Genesis over the last couple of days, several thoughts occurred to me. In Genesis 13, Abraham and Lot separated from one another, with Lot choosing to move his family toward the city of Sodom. Abraham, in the meantime, moved toward the Oaks of Mamre, near Hebron,  and continued […]

Losing Your Integrity

This year I have decided to do a chronological reading of the Bible. This plan quickly got me into the book of Job, and as I was reading a couple of days ago, a couple of verses drew my attention: Then the Lord said to Satan, “Have you considered My servant Job, that there is […]

The Stagnant in Spirit

As we have been studying Old Testament History, we have come to the time of the prophets. Recently, we have been looking at Zephaniah, and I noticed a particularly interesting verse. In chapter one, as Zephaniah rebuked the people of Judah for their disobedience before God, he expressed one condemnation that seems a bit different […]

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