What The Church Needs

Today in America there is a wide variety of Churches.  Many non-denominational community churches have been organized since the 1970's Jesus People Revival.  Some churches have exchanged their denominational name for a generic community name, yet they remain within their denomination.  Several entire denominations have split into a liberal branch and the traditional branch.  Many… Continue reading What The Church Needs

It Is There In Heaven

C.S. Lewis wrote, "No amount of falls will really undo us if we keep on picking ourselves up each time.  We shall of course be very muddy and tattered children by the time we reach home. But the bathrooms are all ready, the towels put out, and the clean clothes in the airing cupboard." This… Continue reading It Is There In Heaven

God Is…

Numbers: 23. 19. God is not human. Deuteronomy: 4. 7. God is near us. Deuteronomy: 4. 24. God is a consuming fire, a jealous God. Deuteronomy: 4. 31. God is a merciful God. Deuteronomy: 6. 4. God, the Lord is one. Deuteronomy: 7. 9. God is God; he is the faithful God. Deuteronomy: 10. 17.… Continue reading God Is…

New Answers

Psychology is a favorite college class for many students, irrespective of their major field of study.  I have found it interesting; management, sales, and other fields incorporate aspects of it in their textbooks.  I discovered why this is true recently, when I wrote a book on my life story and asked my three children if… Continue reading New Answers

The Diligent Disciplinarian

As parents we have to discipline our children and it is not a pleasant task, but we know it is necessary, at least generally.  There are times when we can be deceived or mislead to a different conclusion.  As a grandparent this is far more frequent.  My son, speaking of my grandson, said, "He's smarter… Continue reading The Diligent Disciplinarian

Repentance

What an old-fashioned word, so religious, so pious, so self-depreciating.  Does this word have meaning in our current society?   John the Baptist came with a message of repentance to make way for the Messiah.  " 'Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.'...Confessing their sins, they were baptized by him in the Jordan… Continue reading Repentance

The Sky Is Falling

"The sky if falling."  Chicken Little uttered these words over and over and some began to believe her.  The lost (an acceptable biblical term referring to those who do not currently believe in God) spew forth a seemingly endless list of pending doom for this world.  Here is a brief incomplete list: - Nuclear Destruction… Continue reading The Sky Is Falling

God’s Temple

Israel is an example to us today; all that happened, their choices, their delivery from enemies, their falling away from God, the building of the Temple, the Ten commandments, and all the rest.  We see in Israel God's ideas delivered to them in great specificity and detail.  In regard to the temple, perhaps it seemed… Continue reading God’s Temple

Your God Is Too Small – Part 2

This is a book by J.B. Phillips, a completion of comments about the book, specifically, Constructive.  Phillips takes a very apologetic approach assessing the characteristics necessary to validate the truth of his person as well as, His character.  An adequate God is in sufficient size and focus, meaning in sufficient detail for those who see.… Continue reading Your God Is Too Small – Part 2

Yeshua’s Purpose, in Part

I've been thinking of a question once posed to me, "Do you think, Yeshua came to start a new religion?"  I think the question left off an unspoken premise, "Didn't he just clarify and qualify Judaism, such that if we merely follow Judaism, as it was intended, we will be saved." Here is my answer,… Continue reading Yeshua’s Purpose, in Part

Holy Spirit Basics, Part II

The gift of speaking in tongues is a lesser gift, (1 Cor. 14:5) but it seems to create more debate than any.  Nevertheless scripture says, "...do not forbid speaking in tongues." (1 Cor. 14:39).  Also, "If anyone speaks in a tongue, two—or at the most three—should speak, one at a time, and someone must interpret."… Continue reading Holy Spirit Basics, Part II

Holy Spirit Basics, Part I

When we consider the Holy Spirit we need to remember that God is one inseparable God, such that there is no conflict or discrepancy between the Spirit, the Word - Yeshua, and the Father. (Deut 6:4).  However, there are vast differences among those who make up the church, about the Holy Spirit.  There are fundamental… Continue reading Holy Spirit Basics, Part I

Two Responses to Yeshua

"Coming to his hometown, he began teaching the people in their synagogue, and they were amazed.  'Where did this man get this wisdom and these miraculous powers?' they asked.  'Isn't this the carpenter's son?  Isn't his mother's name Mary, and aren't his brothers James, Joseph, Simon and Judas?  Aren't all his sisters with us?  Where… Continue reading Two Responses to Yeshua

Faith and the Drink Offering

Think about Yeshua's first public miracle, turning water into wine.  "When the wine was gone, Jesus' mother said to him, 'They have no more wine.'  'Woman, why do you involve me?' Jesus replied. 'My hour has not yet come.'  His mother said to the servants, 'Do whatever he tells you.' " (John 2:3-5).  Mary's faith… Continue reading Faith and the Drink Offering

Holy Spirit In Prayer

  Agreement is important in prayer.  Agreement first must be with God's will.  Agreement is also available from the Word of God - when we pray scripture.  Recently, I had a need in my family, it was known by others and seemingly getting more urgent.  I didn't have faith to say anything, and I knew… Continue reading Holy Spirit In Prayer

The Near Future

When I get to heaven, I'm going to be able to play the heavenly instruments and write some music and sing songs that flow from the Lord.  Heaven will be populated with the redeemed saints, spirits of righteous men made perfect. (Heb. 12:23).  God will be there, nothing will separate us from Him and we… Continue reading The Near Future

Differences in Felt Needs

I have several married friends where the husband has recently retired and the wife continues to work.  I'm currently in that situation, as I was required to take early retirement, so I'm really rather young, good-looking, wise beyond my years, humorous,  and possess a vivid imagination - Ha-Ha, just kidding about all that, except retirement. … Continue reading Differences in Felt Needs

Your God Is Too Small

"Your God Is Too Small" is a book by J.B. Phillips.  My comments about the book will be in two parts, this being part 1, Destructive.  Phillips first debunks artificial concepts of God, thus using destructive as the negative focus indicates. Among his unreal God's are the following: Resident Policeman   Parental Hangover   Grand Old… Continue reading Your God Is Too Small

Trust and Obey

Saul, first King of Israel is an example of what to avoid.   When Saul went to battle he was told to wait seven days, the time set by Samuel; but Samuel was delayed and Saul's men began to scatter.  So Saul said, "Bring me the burnt offering and the fellowship offerings."  And Saul offered… Continue reading Trust and Obey

The Evangelist

The Messiah gave the Church different types of ministries: Apostle, Prophet, Evangelist, Pastor, Teacher. (Eph 4:11; 1 Cor. 12:28-29).  In our day Pastors and Teachers seem to possess the mic and the stage, but I have known Evangelist and they are marvelous, or more accurately, the Spirit's working in them is amazing.  I'm not referring… Continue reading The Evangelist

Temporal vs Eternal Life

In C.S. Lewis's book "Readings for Meditation and Reflection in the chapter entitled, "The Christian and the Materialist", the author observes, "...a Christian and a non-Christian may both wish to do good to their fellow men.  The one believes that men are going to live forever, that they were created by God and so built… Continue reading Temporal vs Eternal Life

Visions of God

Moses was maybe the person who saw Father God most clearly, at least His Glory.  He asked to see God and God put him under a rock to protect him from a face to face encounter, then allowed Moses to see his back as He passed. (Exodus 33:18-23). Of course many people saw Yeshua, who… Continue reading Visions of God

Holy Spirit In Clay Jars

The Holy Spirit lives in every believer.  When Yeshua ascended to the Father, He left the Holy Spirit to dwell in His People.  This was fulfillment of the great prophecy that He would give His people a heart of flesh for a heart of stone; that His baptism would be with the Holy Spirit, rather… Continue reading Holy Spirit In Clay Jars

We Cannot Out Give God

I can only think of three occasions  recording that Yeshua received gifts;  near His birth He was given frankincense, gold and myrrh; Mary gave him a foot washing of expensive perfume, and after His death Joseph and Nicodemus gave Him seventy pounds of burial spices.  He gave healing, deliverance from evil spirits, sight to the… Continue reading We Cannot Out Give God

Comprehending God

We are finite and limited in our understanding, but Yeshua came to earth to show us God's love, his nature and character.  God is powerful enough to make himself known, in fact, it took the cruel death of His one and only Son to do it, so He did. I was once asked, "What is… Continue reading Comprehending God