Moving From Greed To Generosity
December 6th, 2021
Years ago when we lived in Indianapolis, Indiana, I was called by a funeral home to perform the eulogy for a person I had never met. I connected with the family and then performed the funeral. During the funeral, one of the family members skipped the service, went to the home of the deceased, changed the locks on the house, and began taking items they wanted from the home. Greed, it’s ugly...
December 1st, 2021
In 1 Kings 2, King David is on his death bed having a conversation with his son Solomon, who will succeed him as the king of Israel. David tells Solomon to kill a man named Shimei after He is gone. Wow! David orders a murder right before his death. The backstory is that years before, there was a civil war in Israel. Absalom, David’s son, led a revolt against him causing David to flee the...
Dealing With Difficult People
November 9th, 2021
Who is the difficult person in your family? At work? Picture them. Maybe they are a constant critic, or very controlling. Christians are called to be peacemakers, even ministers of reconciliation; how do we do this with the difficult people that we find in our context? How do we pursue relational peace? First, PRACTICE HUMILITY. I am embarrassed to admit that I was an adult before ...
Dealing With Doubt
November 1st, 2021
I read recently that the fastest growing “religious” group in America are the “nones;” those who would claim no faith (The Rise of the Nones, James Emery White, 7). Many of these once considered themselves Christians. We know that doubt is often destructive to faith. Yet most of us have some doubts, right? We read the book of Acts and it seems like they saw constant miracles; but that has...
October 26th, 2021
Have you ever had someone important to you, leave? Your grown child says, “Mom, I am taking the job across the country,” or you are married to a soldier and he says, “I am sorry. I just got my orders and I will be overseas for a year.” How do you feel? Painful right. Peter, James, John and the other apostles had given up everything to follow Jesus. They had seen incredible miracles and be...