Happy Father’s Day 2018

Father’s Day is set aside for us to honor our fathers.  How will you honor yours?

Father’s are a gift from God.  God created the family structure.  He chose that a man and a woman would leave their families and cleave to one another.  He designed that children would be a product of their love and be cared for by them. He called the woman “mother” and the man “father.”

It is significant that (more…)

3 Reasons People Commit Suicide

and how to stop them

Suicide is a tragedy that takes place far too often. Don’t let it happen to you or your loved ones.

Every human is created with a desire to live. Self-preservation is the first instinct of mankind. Even satan knows that most people will do anything to save their own skin.

Job 2:4
“And Satan answered the LORD, and said, Skin for skin, yea, all that a man hath will he give for his life.”

Why then do some people choose to take their own lives?

Years ago we had a young man start coming to church sporadically. He was in and out of jail and had a daughter that would ride our bus occasionally or come with a family member. He stopped interacting with us, and I lost track of him until the day my phone rang with the news that he hung himself in his parent’s garage. The family was devastated. Everyone that knew him was hurting deeply.  It was a difficult funeral.

Most people give the quick answers of depression, anxiety, and mental illness. Is it really that simple?

Suicide is too complicated to cover thoroughly in one article. Today, let’s look at a few reasons people take their own lives and learn how to help them before it’s too late. (more…)

Where Is God When I Need Him?

Have you ever asked this question? I have.  What does the Bible say?

Where is God? Most of the time this question is not asking for the location of God. That question, though complex, is easy to answer with Scripture.

Positionally, God is in Heaven on His Throne.

Psalm 115:2–3  “Wherefore should the heathen say, Where is now their God? But our God is in the heavens: He hath done whatsoever he hath pleased.”

Relationally, He is in the hearts of believers.

Ephesians 3:17  “That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love,”

Practically, He is omnipresent; everywhere at the same time.

Psalms 139:7-10   “Whither shall I go from thy spirit? or whither shall I flee from thy presence? If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there. If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea; Even there shall thy hand lead me, and thy right hand shall hold me.”

Usually, this question has a deeper meaning. When mankind is hurting, struggling, tempted, or tested, the natural response is to ask “Where is God when I need Him?” “How could God allow this to happen?” These age-old questions have been asked countless times. (more…)

Remember to Remember

We are a forgetful people.  Dedicate yourself to remembering the important things in life.

Memorial Day is set aside for us to remember the sacrifices of those who gave their lives serving in the US armed forces.

Remember that freedom isn’t free.  It is bought with blood and protected by sacrifice.  I thank God for the freedoms that we enjoy in America.  I acknowledge those who died so I could live. I appreciate every family that has sacrificed to protect us.  Thank you for your service!

Have you ever forgotten something important?  We all have.

Commit to remembering the significant things in life. Set up reminders.  In the Old Testament, they would erect altars to commemorate important events.  What systems do you have in place to remember important things?

Mark 6:51–52  And he went up unto them into the ship; and the wind ceased: and they were sore amazed in themselves beyond measure, and wondered. For they considered not the miracle of the loaves: for their heart was hardened.

Mark 8:16–21  And they reasoned among themselves, saying, It is because we have no bread. And when Jesus knew it, he saith unto them, Why reason ye, because ye have no bread? perceive ye not yet, neither understand? have ye your heart yet hardened? Having eyes, see ye not? and having ears, hear ye not? and do ye not remember? When I brake the five loaves among five thousand, how many baskets full of fragments took ye up? They say unto him, Twelve. And when the seven among four thousand, how many baskets full of fragments took ye up? And they said, Seven. And he said unto them, How is it that ye do not understand?

The disciples’ hearts were hardened because they forgot the recent miracles of Christ.  We are prone to the same mistakes.  Forgetful people are ungrateful people.

We tend to remember the bad and forget the good.  Make a conscious decision to reverse that tendency.  Remember the goodness of God.  Remember the Cross.  Remember the sacrifices of others for your good.  Remember the Truths that make you free.  Thank God for salvation.  Thank Him for the good things in your life.

Remember to remember!