Over the years, I occasionally preach a sermon on Sunday morning just for kids. Actually, I am being tricky, because even though the vocabulary and the imagery is very kid friendly, these sermons have often snuck up and grabbed the hearts of the adults too. Let me give you a sample of what I said […]

There is much more to wisdom than being intelligent. Wisdom is the art of skillful living. It is becoming a craftsman at life. Anyone can become wiser, but likewise, anyone can become more foolish. We are all on the scale and moving one direction or the other. According to God in the Bible, the heart […]

 The gospel is the good news of the resurrection of Jesus Christ. The fact that Jesus Christ is alive from the dead is wonderful for several reasons. First, it proves all that Jesus said and did were real. He claimed to be God in human flesh and he did mighty miracles, like healing people with incurable […]

Sexual purity is a frontline battle issue for Christian men. Most all men struggle with purity in the battlefield of the heart. According to Jesus, that is right place to engage the fight. Sexual sins happen in the heart long before they happen with another person. Jesus boldly declared, “You have heard that it was […]

People endure brutal trials in this fallen world. We know that God made this world and that he called it good. But when sin entered the picture this whole world went dark. It is not the way it is supposed to be. God cursed the earth when Adam rebelled in the garden. This is not […]

Have you ever struggled with the same sin for a long time, hoping that there was a missing secret that you could plug in and conquer it once and for all? Maybe it isn’t a particular sin, but your entire level of Christian commitment. You’ve been wobbly for years and you want to discover the […]

A few years ago I talked to Stephanie on a plane from Austria to England.  At the time she was a college student and a traditional churchgoer.  I say traditional because even though she went to church with her family on special holidays and a few other occasions, she didn’t really attend church.  She carefully […]

One of the challenges missionaries face is sorting out what parts of the culture they are working in can and can not be mixed with Christianity. Certainly Jesus has been worshipped and followed within all kinds of cultural situations throughout history throughout the world. Every culture, however, has elements that don’t mix with Jesus. For […]

Do you feel guilty for enjoying the good things of this life? Is your delight dampened by feelings of shame when you find yourself really having fun doing something “unspiritual?” Some suppose that it is unspiritual to really enjoy sports, a picnic with friends, hobbies, or anything that is not related to church or ministry. […]

The time of Israel’s divided kingdom is not familiar to many people in our day. After King Solomon stopped following the Lord and worshiped the pagan gods of his many wives, God decreed that the kingdom would be stripped from Solomon’s son. The split happened in 931 B. C.. The ten tribes of the north became known […]