Wordless Sermons

You might have heard this quote: “Preach the Gospel at all times, and if necessary, use words.” (Attributed to St. Francis of Assisi, 12th Century, Italy) The implication of the saying is that all Christians (not just ministers or church leaders) are always sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ by the way they live. How is my preaching? And yours?Jesus said …

Community

“Self-care cannot prevent burnout, care for one another can.” (Nagoski & Nagoski, Burnout) Seems like these authors discovered a biblical principle: Move from self-centeredness to other-centeredness. One simple and effective way to keep burnout in check by being others-centered is to practice deep community between three friends. Here are recommended steps to practice this discipline: 1. Pray for thirty days, …

Gossip? Me?

“We never pray for folk we gossip about, and we never gossip about the folk for whom we pray!”  These words by Leonard Ravenhill seem to indicate that prayer and gossip can’t co-exist. Could Ravenhill be sharing a significant principle from the Lord Jesus Himself? (Matthew 5: 44, 45: But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may prove yourselves …

Disinterested Benevolence

I am part of a Wednesday prayer group that’s on a journey – finding ways to be effective witnesses for the Lord Jesus Christ, in a post-Christian, highly-skeptical, religion-averse, and non-committal society. You know the culture, and possibly deal with one on a regular basis. How could the gospel of Jesus penetrate the padlocked and heavily guarded souls of this …

To the Cross

Jesus prophesied and told the disciples about His own death that was coming soon. Knowing that, Jesus still followed God perfectly, never sinned, and faced His death and suffering God’s wrath. If you knew when and how you would die in detail, would you try to avoid it or change it or make it less painful? Jesus courageously faced it …

On Encouragement

Lately, I have listened to some friends who have been discouraged. Each person’s challenges have been unique, with a few minor similarities, but the most common denominator seems to be cheerlessness, and at times, depression. Yes, these times are hard; we are reminded of our Lord Jesus’ alert: “In this world, you will have much trouble.” (John 16:33).How do we …

Choices… so many choices

Here’s a big life lesson: With some exceptions, choices made in a person’s life, for the most part, determine how life turns out for that individual. Small choices accrued over the years result in big differences later in life.   Well, how’s your life turning out to be? That might depend upon the choices you made and are making each moment …

Hair or Not

Those who have known me through the years have seen a head full of thick hair transition into a balding one, with patchy,thin, and graying hair. These days my hair looks the same, whether I ride a rollercoaster, jog in heavy rain, or attend mydaughter’s wedding. According to some sources, a person might have more than 100,000 hairs on their head, …

Be Kind

Once upon a time, a person was bawling beside their loved one in a casket. This person ‘told’ the deceased how much they loved them, and that they missed them, and wished the person was still alive. Some who stood around witnessing this ‘talk’ knew the relationship between the two while the one was alive – toxic, unkind, painful, un-Christlike. …

Headaches

How do you mentally deal with someone who causes you distress, the one who when you remember, triggers bitterness in you or raises your blood pressure, anger, or sadness? They may be your enemy, spouse, ex-spouse, ex-anyone, coworker, opponent, adversary, competitor, attacker, rebel, invader, relative. . . . .just add the synonyms you want. We all have those types of …