Rumors are rampant among Christians in Brazoria County, Texas these days about a “Muslim terrorist training camp” supposedly set up for years on County Road 3 just outside of Sweeny, the quiet little city where Cheryl and I live. Here’s just one of the more credible articles I’ve seen online about this “compound” since I […]
Speak often of God, dear friends. Make His will the center of all that you do. The world wants us to to forget that simple key to all that is victorious and good. Especially those of us who are in church most Sundays. I once heard a Christian commentator lament that God could completely remove […]
“I just want to be happy!” I just heard a woman cry to her friend on a “reality” TV show. “And you deserve to be happy!” the friend replied through her own, supportive, tears. Thanks be to God, I have learned just how wrong the friend’s words are (common as they may be).
A couple of people have told me that they’re starting to miss the devotionals I’ve been in the habit of posting here almost every day (at least until recently). I appreciate that encouragement, and I would like to address it.
Today’s reading: 2 Corinthians 9:6-11 Today’s reading helps bring me peace in my long-running battle with my cell phone company. “Each of you must give as you have made up your mind, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.” (Verse 7) Yes, it’s true that AT&T’s various practices are cleverly designed […]
Today’s reading: Philippians 2:12-18 I find myself often starting these devotionals out with these words: God’s timing is interesting. It just so happens that C.S. Lewis quotes from today’s reading in the very passage of Mere Christianity I was studying just before falling asleep last night. Thank you, God, for writing much of today’s devotional […]
Today’s reading: Haggai 2:1-5 I’ve been working on my father’s house for nearly six months, and the place is still a wreck, a victim of at least 15 years of neglect. Some friends and I (none of whom have much experience doing these things) have removed the decades-old carpet and restored the wood floors. We […]
Today’s reading: Acts 2:42-47 I’ve done a lot of reading, thinking, and talking in recent months about what makes for a strong, healthy church. In fact, for a few months this year, I was part of a “Healthy Church Initiative” group my congregation’s pastor formed. That group read and discussed several well-intentioned books on this […]
Today’s reading:John 13:36 – 14:4 In hindsight, all Christians understand that Peter is, well, full of it in today’s reading: “Lord, why can’t I follow you now? I will lay down my life for you,” he says. (Verse 37) Peter and all the other disciples, of course, end up denying Jesus within hours of his […]
Today’s reading: 2 Corinthians 4:16-18 My father is mentally ill, and I have accepted the role of his caretaker. Well, I say, “accepted,” but that’s not entirely what I mean. The position came to me gradually, by default, starting in about 2005. That’s when I recognized that Dad was on a path to homelessness, jail […]