The following are thoughts composed on the day after the Nice, France terrorist attack on Bastille Day, July 14th, 2016.
It behooves us to resist the axiom spoken by George Santayana, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”
As I listened...
On Sunday, July 10, 2016, I gave a message based on Gen. 26:1-11 and Isaac's lying about his wife Rebekah, claiming she was his sister during their time living among the Philistines of Gerar. It's a virtual repeat of the behavior of his father Abraham....
A Discipleship Devotional from Mark 9:1–8
There is a truth–gem hiding away in the Mount of Transfiguration account about Peter, James, and John. The clue to this gem is found in the two ancient prophets that God sends to honor Jesus: Moses and Elijah....
There’s a lot of talk in both the Evangelical church and increasingly in the secular business world about “servant leadership.” For many years at Calvary Chapel, Gayle Erwin has poignantly taught us the beauty of being servant-leaders. But I’m concerned not all have understood a...
Are Doomed to Repeat It.
On Facebook recently, I've made a few comments about the parallels I see in the campaign of a certain Presidential candidate and the rise of Adolf Hitler in 1930's Germany. Some years ago I read a book titled The Nazi...
We have an ongoing debate in Christianity over how and when God created the earth and, especially, mankind. There are both “Old Earth” and “Young Earth” Christians – who love Jesus and believe the Bible to be inspired and inerrant. If we were to take...
When you make a vow to the Lord your God, you shall not delay to pay it; for the Lord your God will surely require it of you, and it would be sin to you. Deuteronomy 23:21
When you make a vow to God, do...
I listen to podcasts. It’s a great way to maximize my time while doing other things like driving, working out, and chores around the house.
While on a run recently, I was listening to the TED Talks podcast titled Believers and Doubters. It was supposed...
On a dangerous seacoast where shipwrecks often occur there was once a crude little lifesaving station. The building was just a hut, and there was only 1 boat, but the few devoted members kept a constant watch over the sea, and with no thought for...
You probably missed the news story a couple weeks ago in The Washington Times about the brouhaha that erupted between France and Iran. The two counties faced a diplomatic meltdown over a dispute regarding the menu at a proposed dinner between their presidents. Iranian President...
“Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you. Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41:10
Ten times in the Bible individuals or God’s people collectively...
God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. • 2 Timothy 1:7
Terrorism has become a fixture of the Modern World. Terrorists use it as a means to some political or religious end....
In John 10:10 Jesus said, “I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.”
This is a good promise to ponder as we celebrate Christmas. Jesus came that we could have life. And however much life we’ve received...
The State of California recently passed into law what is known as “Physician-assisted suicide.” That is, doctors will no longer be charged with a crime for assisting those who want to end their lives by suicide. The California State legislature passed the bill and it...
It’s Friday, October 2, 2015. There was another school shooting yesterday. Again it’s on a college campus. Seems like a lot of these tragedies play out at our schools. But, you know how it is; sometimes the media distorts reality and we’re left with an...
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WATCH: Boehner Resigns
In Matthew 24:42–44, after speaking of the end times and the signs which herald His return, Jesus told His followers, “Watch therefore, for you do not know what hour your Lord is coming. . . ....
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In Matthew 24:42–44, after speaking of the end times and the signs which herald His return, Jesus told His followers, “Watch therefore, for you do not know what hour your Lord is...
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