A few days ago, I had the opportunity to do something that I immensely enjoy:  I went elk hunting here in Southwest Montana. I had a great day, right up to the last two hours of the day. In those last two hours we ended up in a pretty difficult situation. My son and I […]

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 […]

Personal Application

This morning, as I was drinking my coffee in the living room, I was listening to my wife and children work on their history lesson for the day. They were talking about a “missionary” who went amongst the slaves in the early part of our nation’s history, and preached to them about their need to […]

The Time We Have Left…

In Isaiah 38, it is recorded that the king of Judah, Hezekiah, was near to death. In fact, Isaiah the prophet was sent to him by the Lord to declare that his death was imminent and that he should get his affairs in order. Such news must have been quite distressing to Hezekiah! His reaction […]

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 […]

Being Dedicated…

We often talk about being dedicated to God. But when it comes down to application, how often are we truly dedicated to Him?  Far too often, our dedication is limited by our own weaknesses. We allow the world to dictate what is classified as “dedication” and then only hold ourselves accountable to that standard. For […]

Influenced By the World

We often preach and teach against the threat of Christians being influenced by the world.  But, I wonder how often we are influenced without even noticing?  Some instances, of course, are quite obvious.  When we slip and use profanity, or when we tell an off color joke, it is pretty evident that we are allowing […]

The Need for Evangelism

When the idea of evangelism is introduced, many people think about religious organizations such as the Jehovah’s Witnesses or the Mormons.   These religious bodies are very zealous in spreading the message of their belief system.  Unfortunately, those with truth (the actual teaching of scripture) are not nearly as zealous in teaching.  This leads to many […]

The Moral Consequence of the Theory of Evolution

The debate about human origins has raged since before the time of Charles Darwin.  In modern times, the battle lines have been drawn between evolution and creationism.  Much can certainly be written on those subjects, but this article will focus on the moral consequences of accepting the theory of evolution to be true. While many […]

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