Posts from June 2016

Posts from June 2016

PRETTY MUCH THE SAME…OR NOT?

Author David Platt, in his book, Radical, tells of standing outside a Buddhist temple in Indonesia.  He got into a conversation with two men – a Buddhist leader and a Muslim leader.  Both of them embraced what seemed to be a rather reasonable belief – that while there were superficial differences among the major religions, they all taught pretty much the same thing. They…

FATHERS DAY CHALLENGES & BLESSINGS

Years back, the Houston Police Department, with a sly wink, distributed a pamphlet listing ways to raise juvenile delinquents.  For instance… Begin with infancy to give the child everything he wants.  In this way he will grow up to believe the world owes him a living. When he picks up bad words, laugh at him.  He will think he’s cute. Never give him any spiritual…

“WHILE THE NEARER WATERS ROLL”

“Jesus, Lover of my soul, let me to Thy bosom fly while the nearer waters roll, while the tempest still is high…”   That hymn, written in the mid 1700’s by Charles Wesley, became one of the most well-liked hymns in the English language. Music snobs criticized the lyrics.  “Jesus, Lover of my soul” is too intimate in addressing the Savior, some said. But the Scriptures…

SERVING CHRIST

Christ’s parable of the sower and the seed centers on the planting of God’s word in the soil of human hearts.  On the front porch of Luke 8 we are told about a group of women in whose hearts the seed of the word sprouted up. We meet Mary Magdalene, a woman liberated by the Lord from seven demons that once possessed her.  There is Joanna, the wife of Cuza who was on…