Why Was Jesus Baptized?


Did Jesus need to be baptized? Was He just setting a good example for us to follow, or was He actually repenting? Suppose you are eating at your favorite restaurant, and the waiter spills the drinks all over you. I guarantee that the manager is going to come out and apologize all over the place. … [Click to read more …]

When Spiritual Egypt is Safer than Spiritual Israel


After the wise men were gone, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream. “Get up! Flee to Egypt with the child and his mother,” the angel said. “Stay there until I tell you to return, because Herod is going to search for the child to kill him.” That night Joseph left … [Click to read more …]

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 …]

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 …]

We’re All Okay, Right?


…but they measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise. 2 Corinthians 10:12 A couple of years ago I attended the “Best Weigh” program at my church. While I wanted to lose a little weight I was not aware of just how much weight I really needed to lose. The doctor … [Click to read more …]

Are You a Full-time Pastor Where You Work?


Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Matthew … [Click to read more …]

God Will Repay You

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Don’t say, “I will get even for this wrong.” Wait for the Lord to handle the matter. Proverbs 20:22 NLT A while back, after a friend had wrongfully taken money from me, I was reading in Romans 12:19, Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is … [Click to read more …]

I’m Offended!

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A brother offended is harder to win than a strong city, And contentions are like the bars of a castle. Proverbs 18:19 NKJ This text highlights the issue that conflicts with friends and within church communities are hard and often a cause for division and even separation. In my personal time with God, I am … [Click to read more …]

Everyone Needs Compassion for the Storms of Life


This is the Tampa Bay, Florida area I always write from, which is slightly overcast today. You won’t see this picture on a postcard featuring Florida as the “sunshine state.” Even the sunshine state sees its fair share of storms. Likewise, even our most cheerful friends see their fair share of life’s storms. Each heart knows its … [Click to read more …]