The Ramblings of a Wimpy Christian

Then he said to the crowd, “If any of you wants to be my follower, you must turn from your selfish ways, take up your cross daily, and follow me. Luke 9:23 NLT In Jesus’ time and place, when people picked up their cross, it was to die, just like Jesus picked up His cross to … [Click to read more …]

Hot Lunch and Syrian Refugees
Lars Justinen


Back in 1991 my wife and I leased an old red brick building in downtown Nampa, Idaho, as our art studio. For $200/month we got 5,000 square feet of space on the second floor of a 100-year-old building, including a large room we used as our photo studio. After a year we ended up hiring … [Click to read more …]

Josiah’s Reforms – Hit the Mark

Josiah Reading the Law

Tapping into the widespread admiration of basketball icon Michael Jordan, a highly successful TV ad named “Be Like Mike” was launched on August 8, 1991. Michael’s effervescent smile, his passion for the game and his superior athletic skills made him a household name all around the world. Everyone wanted to be like Mike, including me at … [Click to read more …]

HopeSS: Josiah’s Reforms

Hope Sabbath School

You can view an in-depth discussion of “Josiah’s Reforms” in the Hope Sabbath School class led by Pastor Derek Morris. (Adobe Flash Player version.) A Youtube version of this week’s lesson at Hope Sabbath School is below. You can download the video, the MP3 audio, and the lesson outline from the HopeTV Sabbath School Site. … [Click to read more …]

Idol Worship in the Church

In Numbers 21 the Children of Israel wanted the luxuries of Egypt instead of the presence of God. So God allowed snakes to enter the camp, providing the opportunity to learn how much they depended on Him. The people soon realized they had made a mistake and begged for the snakes to be removed. That … [Click to read more …]

Why Rebukes Make Me Feel Loved and Secure

Wounds from a sincere friend are better than many kisses from an enemy. Proverbs 27:6 NLT Long ago, I was writing a blog post about humor. I compared the humor of my friends in different areas. Just a few minutes after publishing my post, I got a call from a friend here where I live. He told me I better … [Click to read more …]

What Are You Worth?

He gave justice and help to the poor and needy, and everything went well for him. Isn’t that what it means to know me?” says the Lord. Jeremiah 22:16 NLT George W. Jenkins not only began his Publix grocery store incorporation during the depression, but he also set up several foundations and charities so that even after his … [Click to read more …]