It was a big deal when Peter denied that he knew Jesus three times just as Jesus was unjustly on trial, just before Jesus would suffer and die on the cross, and just after Jesus had warned Peter that the very temptation would be coming. Peter went down hard. He failed the Lord three times […]

Some Christians live their Christian lives like they are playing the lottery. They grab on to the next Christian fad hoping that it will result in a jackpot of Christian maturity. The things your Christian friends get excited about often indicate the objects of their spiritual attention. Christian fads cycle in and cycle out. They […]

On March 27, 2018, George and Shirley Brickenden, who were in their nineties and were married almost 73 years chose to end their lives together in Toronto, Canada, using joint physician assisted suicide. Even some of the reporters and doctors involved in their story seem to have been troubled by it. They ought to be. […]

When a relationship isn’t right, underlying stress can flow like lava below the surface. Even though the estranged person isn’t even with you, the tension from the past wounds can still be active. Are there other cracks in your life where the lava can start to seep in? Are those around you now in danger […]

There isn’t the need for hope in your life when everything is going great. But in this dark world everything isn’t going great very often. The darker your situation the more critical hope becomes. During the time of Jesus, people’s hope ran high. Messiah fever throbbed in Israel, as they endured the crushing reign of […]

When there is more expenses at the end of the month than money at hand terrible feelings swirl. All kinds of thoughts and motivations manufacture terrible mixtures of miserable emotions.  You worry about the growing credit card debt and its massive interest rate, the collecting agencies calling, how the family will be fed, if the […]

In a professional fighting match there are two combatants in the ring with a referee trying to maintain order in the potential chaos. All of the training and experiences of the warriors all culminate in an intense battle which lasts but a few minutes. Blows are exchanged, the crowd thunders, stamina and endurance are tested […]

As we enter into a brand new year, it’s a good time to take stock of your life. Set aside a few moments to consider the things that matter most, and ask yourself how your personal priorities match up. One of your highest priorities should be to increase in your working Bible knowledge. I once […]

As we enter into a brand new year, it’s a good time to take stock of your life. Set aside a few moments to consider the things that matter most, and ask yourself how your personal priorities match up. One of your highest priorities should be to increase in your working Bible knowledge. I once […]

Everyone has failed in life. Everyone has failed God. It is true that some people have failed more than others, no person alive has perfectly lived up to God’s standard of righteousness. In some ways it is encouraging to think about people who have blown it worse than we have. The wrong kind of encouragement […]