Category Archives: Commentary

On Being Kind and Compassionate


Grudges, not talking to one another, gossiping, slander, revenge; I don’t think so, life is too short and fragile.  How much better would life be if we all followed this scripture instead:

Be kind and compassionate to one another, 
forgiving each other, 
just as in Christ God forgave you. 
– Ephesians 4:32

We all have it in us, the fruit of the spirit that is.  

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.  – Galatians 5:22-23

At the heart of this is to forgive one another, and sometimes that’s really hard to do, especially if the offending party will not apologize or even acknowledge their sin.  But remember this, whatever this person has done to you, it does not compare to what Christ did for you.  As a follower of Christ you need to rise above it.  This will prevent the wrongdoing from contaminating your heart.  I can guarantee that your life will become easier when you accept that apology you never got.  This won’t change the past but it will surely change your future.

You were made for a reason, an anointed purpose.  Your words and actions are important and they can point others to God Himself.  Your life “preaches” and was meant to make a difference.  You have incredible and unbelievable gifts.

Work on using your gifts of the spirit and forgiving others, and while you are at it,  give someone a compliment today.  It will make both their day and yours.
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John 3:16


John 3:16 – Summarizing the Gospel in one Sentence

I’ve probably read John 3:16 about 316,000 times.  Probably you have as well.  It’s on billboards, bumper stickers and emblazoned in the crowds at sporting events with fans lifting their banners high.

Here it is for the 316,001 time:

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. – John 3:16

So what’s the big deal?

For God so loved ME, that he gave his one and only Holy Son for ME, that if I believe in him, I shall never perish but have eternal life.   And, if God so loved YOU, that God himself gave his one and only son, Jesus, and if YOU also believe in Him, than YOU also shall never perish but have a wonderful life in eternity with your creator.  That’s the the big deal.  It’s the Gospel in a holy nutshell.

The Implication of The Lost Sheep


This is How Much God Loves You!

 Luke 15:4-7 “Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Doesn’t he leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it? And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders and goes home. Then he calls his friends and neighbors together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep.’ I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent. 

It’s Your Call, Don’t Waste It


It’s Your Call, Don’t waste it!
Your call is irreversible,
God’s gifts and his call are irrevocable – Romans 11:29
It is for Men and Women,
Therefore, my brothers and sisters, make every effort to confirm your calling and election. For if you do these things, you will never stumble. – 2 Peter 1:10 
Fix your thoughts on Jesus,
Therefore, holy brothers and sisters, who share in the heavenly calling, fix your thoughts on Jesus, whom we acknowledge as our apostle and high priest. – Hebrews 3:1
And live your life worthy of your call.
I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. – Ephesians 4:1 

What We, the Church, Can Learn from the Airlines


The Gospel Message of the Airlines
The airlines have a critically important message to share with each and every traveler and they don’t want anyone to miss it.  For this reason, the flight attendants act out their message, this same message is spoken over the PA system, the message can be read on a card with pictures located in everyone’s seat pocket and it can also be viewed on a video screen on longer flights.  Their message can save lives and they know how to deliver it well and how to appeal to all of our senses.  Of course I am referring to the safety instructions.
 
Our Pastors also have a critically important message to share, we do as well.  In fact, it is infinitely more important than the airlines message. We need to deliver this message so everyone hears it, sees it, feels it, smells it, sings it, prays it, meditates on it, breathes it, loves it, lives it, abides by it and tastes it.  
 
  • It’s already in our pew bibles and our bulletins so we can read it.  
  • It’s in our songs so we can sing it, ponder it, tap our feet to it and feel it.  
  • It’s in our prayers so the Holy Spirit can massage it and God can answer it.  
  • It’s in our statues, art and stained glass windows so we can adore it.   
  • It’s in our creeds so we collectively can voice it. 
  • It’s in our scripture readings for our contemplation, consideration, cogitation, meditation, pondering, rumination, deep thought, musing, deliberation, study and further reflection.
 
So what is the “it”, what is the critically important message the church needs to share?  It is the Gospel of course.
 
But getting back to those airline safety demonstrations, here’s the thing, I know how to buckle a seat belt.  I’ve done it 84,680 times.  So I tune this part out.   You do as well.   Unless I am flying Southwest because some their flight attendants are creative and they make even the mundane seat belt demonstration interesting, insightful and colorful.  And so it is with the gospel, I have heard this message enough times to save all the people in China, about 3,016 to be close to exact.  So if we follow Southwest Airlines technique, our Pastors and Worship leaders need to inject the creativity that our great God has instilled in them into their preaching and in their worship planning and preparations.  In fact, I pray that the Holy Spirit sparks a flame 🔥 in you and your whole ministry team, revitalizing and rejuvenating your thoughts, ways and means.  May he fill your mind with exuberance for the word and bless your tongue to preach the word purely and with passion.  May he use your gifts to excite your people for their savior and may his kingdom grow prolifically as a result of his gifting, his blessings and his grace, need I say not yours.  I know this is possible because even after hearing the Gospel 3,016 times, my current Pastor brings it to life for me week after week.  But sorry, he’s not amazing, God is. 
 
Isn’t it interesting that our final reward isn’t money, power, fame, success or admiration.  It’s praise, worship and rest.

The Road Less Traveled


“Two roads diverged in a wood, and I, 
I took the road less traveled by, 
and that has made all the difference.” 
– Robert Frost, The Road Not Taken

I am not  a fan of choices; choosing schools, doctors, stocks, political candidates, churches 💒, when to retire, model of car 🚗; are you picking up what I’m putting down?

I am glad that I do not have to choose a God for there is only a one, actually three in one – Father, Spirit, Son.  As a matter of fact, He chose me first.  Moreover, His Word gives clear direction, leaving little to choice.

The road less traveled is in fact a narrow road.  But this crooked road has been made straight.  You need not find it on your own, you need to be led to it.  Jesus will show you the way or someone like me, or a friend, or a Pastor might say something that the Holy Spirit himself can use to get you pointed in the right direction.  Unfortunately, these days it is the road less traveled!

Seeing God in Creation



Look at the simplest flower 🌻, there is just such elegant beauty there. The vivid color combinations, the intricate edges, the complex textures, the petals, the patterns, the stamen, the pollen, the filament, the anther, the lobes, the connective, the microsporangium, the gametophyte, even the androecium; the list is endless. Can you imagine how this flower 🌺 would come to life under a microscope 🔬? It would be breathtaking. To quote Chris Tomlin you would get “lost in wonder.” Turn the flower over and notice that even the underside is exquisite.

Now look at man’s finest garment, say the most expensive, glorious garment hand stitched for a king. Look at it under the microscope 🔬 . What do you see? My guess is that it looks like burlap. Turn the garment inside out, what does it look 👀 like? A mess? Yes, of course it does with all those loose threads and unfinished edges.

How can anyone look 👀 at a flower 🌺 and not see the hand of an incredible creator? How is this ever possible? I don’t get it.

Trees!



There is an oak tree in my hometown that is so majestic and beautiful that I often make it a point to take a slight detour on my way home from work to gaze at God’s masterpiece in awe and wonder. This monstrous oak is over 450 years old according to the nearby plaque but the local folks will tell you it’s between 200 and 250 years old. Only God knows for sure. The tree has several sprawling limbs that are bigger than most tree trunks as they stretch out horizontally and touch the ground in a few spots.

Let the fields be jubilant, and everything in them; let all the trees of the forest sing for joy. – Psalm 96:12