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Have You Not Read

Five times this question with this wording is raised in the New Testament, according to the New American Standard version. Four times in Matthew and one time in Mark. All five times, it is Jesus who is asking the question. Jesus raises basically the same question at other times but with different words. He will…

Truth

“One who puts on his armor should not boast like one who takes it off.” (1 Ki. 20:11 NIV) I love that quotation from Ahab, King of Israel. I have used it many times in other situations. For instance, “One who tees up his golf ball on number 1 should not boast as he who…

Words of The Faithful

At the request of Jehoshaphat, King of Judah, Ahab, King of Israel, reluctantly sent one of his officials to get the prophet of God named Micaiah. As the official was bringing Micaiah, he pleaded with him to speak what was in agreement with the other “prophets” and deliver a favorable message to the king. Micaiah…

Simple Things

It’s simple things. Too often overlooked things. But without them there is no greatness in people. Without greatness in people there is not greatness in a nation. With these simple things, even the simplest among us demonstrates greatness. Here is a sampling of these simple things: Stop lying and speak the truth. Control your emotions,…

Our Greatest Challenge

I have a quote in my mind, or rather the gist of a quote. I probably should not use it since I am not sure I have the correct author nor am I certain of the exact quote. My memory recalls it as a question asked of one of the old restoration preachers. (I want…

Give It Up

In the same way, those of you who do not give up everything you have cannot be my disciples. (Luk 14:33 NIV) This verse was the theme of our SELTC Convention this year. More than a theme, it is an essential principle in living a faithful life. The context is about the importance of giving…

Words of Faith

Peter spoke words of faith when Jesus told him to push out into deeper water and let down the nets for a catch. His words of faith were, “Because you say so, I will let down the nets.” Jesus raises a question in James 5:46 which explains the words of faith. He said, “Why do…

Confession is Good

There is a hole about the size of a golf ball in the back wall of the office work room. The hole was made by a goof ball. The secretaries noticed it right away as they came to work Monday morning. They wanted to make sure I knew about it. I had to confess, I’m…

The Sons of Korah

We can all learn some lessons from the sons of Korah. Do you remember Korah? You can read his story in Numbers 16-17. He was the man who lead a rebellion against God and was buried alive when the earth opened up and swallowed him and his two accomplices. The families of his two accomplices…

Be Still and Know

I called a home phone number. No one answered and it went to voice mail. The name and voice on the voice mail was not at all who I was expecting to talk to.   I told Jane about the wrong number. She looked at it for herself. She was very kind and patient with…