The Promise of Exercise and Godliness

With the start of a new year, a lot of people are going to be motivated to start a new exercise program. In I Timothy, chapter four, verse eight, the Apostle Paul talks about bodily exercise: “For while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise…

At Home in the House of the Lord

Once there was a boy who got separated from his mother in a busy shopping mall. He was found by a security guard who took him back to the mall security office and gave him candy and let him watch a movie. When the security guard found the boy’s mother his comment to him was,…

Bible Reading Plan

Many people resolve to read through the Bible in one year, starting on January 1. Here is the Bible reading plan that I came up with several years ago and have used ever since. Old Testament Segment One, the Books of Moses Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy Segment Two, the Books of Wisdom Job, Psalms,…

Christmas, 2020

Ephesians 2:19,  “So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God.” One of the many new realities this year has been social distancing. It has affected everything from schools to businesses to churches to stores. What is called social distancing…

Relating to the Virgin Mary

Luke 1:30–33: “And the angel said to her, ‘Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. [31] And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus. [32] He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High.…

A Certain Kind of Joy in Advent

The third Sunday in Advent is set aside to focus on joy. We are not quite to the joy of Christmas yet but we are getting close. For believers we have a certain kind of joy. It is the joy that follows sorrow and mourning. The pattern is pretty common in Scripture. In Isaiah 61…

Advent 2 – John the Baptist Sunday

Mark 1:1–3 “The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. [2] As it is written in Isaiah the prophet, “Behold, I send my messenger before your face, who will prepare your way, [3] the voice of one crying in the wilderness: ‘Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight,’”…