A Loving Father

Psalm 89:15 Contrary to popular opinion, God doesn't sit in heaven with His jaws clenched, His arms folded in disapproval, and a deep frown on His brow. He is not ticked off at His children for all the times we trip over our tiny feet and fall flat on our diapers. He is a loving … Continue reading A Loving Father

No Fear of Failure

Proverbs 28:1 When will we ever learn that there are no hopeless situations, only people who have grown hopeless about them? What appears as an unsolvable problem to us is actually a rather exhilarating challenge. People who inspire others are those who see invisible bridges at the end of dead-end streets. There was a Cabinet … Continue reading No Fear of Failure

Shepherds and Self-Awareness

When ministers and elders gather together, it is usual for them share their ministry burdens with each other. The calling of a minister of the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ is high and hard; the weightiness of the calling and the sufferings experienced in it give us the need to discreetly share some criticisms … Continue reading Shepherds and Self-Awareness

God’s New Morning Message

Psalm 146:8 Do you know what God's fresh, new morning message is to us? Whether the sun is shining brightly or whether it's pouring down rain? Whether the morning is bright or whether it's gray and overcast? His promise is the dawn itself . . . . Every morning the Lord comes through with His encouraging message, … Continue reading God’s New Morning Message

God’s Plan for Hope

Jeremiah 29:11 God knows, right down to the final nub, exactly where you are in life. He sees. He cares. He is aware. And best of all, He is touched by it. The enemy of our souls wants you to think differently. God doesn't care. He's left you in this mess for so many months. … Continue reading God’s Plan for Hope

Sinner Theologians

It has been on my mind for quite a while to post an article on ‘sinner theologians’, but I hesitated because of its potential for being misconstrued. However, having just received the latest issue of the Westminster Theological Journal and having read a review article by Professor Donald Macleod, I was persuaded to go ahead … Continue reading Sinner Theologians

Power to Overcome

Proverbs 23:12 Can't and won't. Christians need to be very careful which one they choose. It seems that we prefer to use "can't." "I just can't get along with my wife." "My husband and I can't communicate." "I just can't discipline the kids as I should." "I just can't give up the affair I'm having." … Continue reading Power to Overcome

The ABCs of Love

Proverbs 10:12 "I accept you as you are." "I believe you are valuable." "I care when you hurt." "I desire only what is best for you." "I erase all offenses." We could call that the ABCs of love. And I don't know of anybody who would turn his back on such magnetic, encouraging statements. There … Continue reading The ABCs of Love

Real Riches

Colossians 2:3 From the looks of things, you're pretty impressive. You've got a nice place. And I suppose your neighbors would agree that you're a hard worker . . . climbing right on up that ladder toward success, right? . . . Your salary is good and your material possessions are growing in number, but . . . the truth is … Continue reading Real Riches

No Success Without Wisdom

Ecclesiastes 10:10 I don't know of a hotter subject today than success. Magazine articles, books, seminars, and sermons promote it. But success is seldom linked with wisdom. Chances are good that if we would pick up last Sunday's paper and read it through, we'd come across twenty or more references to success, yet find nothing … Continue reading No Success Without Wisdom