Monthly Blog Archives: September 2017

It’s Not Too Late for God to Heal Our Land

It’s Not Too Late for God to Heal Our Land

…if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land. 2 Chronicles 7:14 “If it ain’t broke don’t fix it.” That old saying has plenty of applications, but when it comes to our country and our world, it’s way off base. Our land is broken and in desperate need of repair. And only God can heal our land. I’m not referring to the infrastructure, although as I understand it, there’s plenty […]

How to Attain a Pure Heart and a Steadfast Spirit

How to Attain a Pure Heart and a Steadfast Spirit

Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Psalm 51:10 St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Strasburg, Virginia, will always have a special place in my heart. It was as much a part of home as the old house on Capon Street. My grandmother felt the same about her home church, St. Mary’s Pine Lutheran Church near Mount Jackson, Virginia. Possibly, there is a church you call home. There’s just nothing else quite like it. Churches are linked to the milestones of our lives. Baptisms, funerals, and marriages. Sunday School and Vacation Bible School. Friends […]

What Does the Lord Require of You?

What Does the Lord Require of You

He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God. Micah 6:8 The prophet Micah was chastising his people for their indifference to all the good God had done for them. They sought to appease the Lord with ritualistic sacrifices rather than humble service and faithful obedience. A few years ago, paying-it-forward entered pop culture. If somebody did something good for you, you responded with a good deed for someone else. Admirable behavior for sure. Micah’s point in this passage […]

The Word of God is Alive and Active

The Word of God is Alive and Active

For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. Hebrews 4:12 In 1966, the year I graduated, the Beatles were in their prime, Hippies were wearing flowers in their hair, and the Vietnam War was raging. And on the cover of the April 8 Time Magazine the question was posed, “Is God Dead?” The Death of God movement was the brainchild of philosophers and theologians who apparently had nothing better to do. Jesus warned us about […]

Rise Above Your Inadequacies

Rise Above Your Inadequacies

13 All these people were still living by faith when they died. They did not receive the things promised; they only saw them and welcomed them from a distance, admitting that they were foreigners and strangers on earth. 14 People who say such things show that they are looking for a country of their own. Hebrews 11:13-14 I’ve always been a misfit. Never really felt like I belonged anywhere, except at home with my family. As a child, I was overweight. In my teen years, acne was an added concern. Life at home wasn’t any better. My father died when I […]

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