© 2021 Liza Summer. All Rights Reserved. Pexels. Used by permission.

As a child of the sixties, I grew up during the Vietnam War, a twenty-year conflict fought primarily in Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia. It was a conflict between nationalist forces in the North, attempting to unify the divided country of Vietnam, and forces in the South attempting to arrest the spread of Communism. Though very…

Read More
© 2021 David Beale. All Rights Reserved. Unsplash. Used by permission.

This is our final look at the prayer Jesus taught his disciples. Next week, we will look at how Jesus expanded on the teaching, but not look at the prayer itself. Lead Us Not Into Temptation This instruction from Jesus is difficult because we know that God tempts no man, and he cannot be tempted…

Read More
© 2021 David Beale. All Rights Reserved. Unsplash. Used by permission.

Thus far in our “When You Pray…” series, we have focused on honoring God, establishing that he is the Father of us all, he is holy, he owns the kingdom, and it is his will that is to be carried out. God-centered, rather than me-centered. Father, hallowed, kingdom, will. Now we shift our focus just…

Read More
© 2021 Adina Voicu. All Rights Reserved. Pixabay. Used by permission.

For the past two weeks we have been looking at temptation, and focusing primarily on the temptation of Jesus. This week we wrap up that investigation by looking at lessons we can learn from how Jesus handled temptation. Lesson 1 – Satan Has Limitations Then the devil left him, and behold, angels came and were…

Read More
© 2021 Francesco De Tommaso. All Rights Reserved. FreeImages. Used by permission.

One of the most noted lines of William Shatner’s iconic career as Captain James T. Kirk of the U.S.S. Enterprise is the phrase from the program’s introduction wherein Shatner says, “. . . to boldly go where no man has gone before.” The line is notorious, first of all, based on its use of the…

Read More
© 2020 Clark Tibbs. All Rights Reserved. Unsplash. Used by permission

Last week, we looked at the familiar verse – Ephesians 2:10. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them. – Ephesians 2:10, ESV Works in Scripture When the conversational context is scripture, and we hear the word “works,” our tendency is…

Read More

My normal blogging day is Wednesday, but this has weighed on my heart long enough, so this week, you’ll get both a Sunday and a Wednesday blog posting. I’m not anywhere near panic mode. I have seen so many crises come and go (SARS, MERS, Ebola), and I have observed that there are those who…

Read More
© 2018 Zac Durant. All Rights Reserved. Unsplash. Used by permission.

After a one-week hiatus, Alean and I have returned to Washington state following a wonderful visit with dear friends in New Mexico. It is good to be home, but we are thankful for the break, and for good friends with whom to spend it. This week, we are returning to our look at the phrase…

Read More
© 2018 Saketh Garuda. All Rights Reserved. Unsplash. Used by permission.

I have attended and worked with enormous churches, and also with very small ones. I have worked with churches that delivered impressively polished, theater-worthy presentations, where event timing was measured in the seconds, all of it driven by headset-adorned technicians working feverishly behind the scenes to keep the flow of the service as smooth and…

Read More