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How to Accumulate and Hold onto Real Wealth

How to Accumulate and Hold onto Real Wealth

“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Matthew 6:19-21 In 2008 we were hit with a global financial crisis. Many people saw their retirement savings wiped out seemingly overnight. What followed was a severe economic decline marked by record unemployment, home foreclosures, and a radical decline in the standard of living. Financial […]

The Boundaries of Right and Wrong, Good and Evil

Seek good, not evil, that you may live. Then the LORD God Almighty will be with you, just as you say he is. Hate evil, love good…. Amos 5:14-15 My son called me a few days ago and told me about an unusual situation that he had encountered. He said that when he had returned to his office, after getting his auto gas tank filled, he noticed that he was only charged $4.00 for 17 gallons of gas. “What do you think I should do?” he asked. Without hesitation I told him that he should make the gas station aware of […]

God Protects and Vindicates His Children

God Protects and Vindicates His Children

… no weapon forged against you will prevail, and you will refute every tongue that accuses you. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and this is their vindication from me, declares the LORD. Isaiah 54:17 I’m not a Pentecostal, but I appreciate their wide-open faith. We Baptists are sometimes guilty of driving with the brake on. I have never been one to believe that any denomination is doctrinally infallible. We’re all doing our best to interpret the mind of the God whose ways are not our ways and thoughts not our thoughts. (Isaiah 55:8-9) We can all benefit […]

A Distress Signal to God

A Distress Signal to God

He said: “In my distress I called to the LORD, and he answered me. From deep in the realm of the dead I called for help, and you listened to my cry.” Jonah 2:2 One of the most famous Bible stories for children is Jonah and the Whale. To refresh your memory, God had called upon Jonah to preach to the sinners in the wicked city of Nineveh. But Jonah was opposed and fled by boat to Tarshish. His journey was interrupted by a great storm. The sailors onboard blamed Jonah for their peril, threw him overboard, and he was swallowed […]

The Enormous Challenge of Self-Publishing

One of the great positives about being a self-publishing author is freedom. Who doesn’t want to be their own boss? I answered to bosses more years than I care to remember. There were a few along the way who were somewhat tolerable. But autonomy is nice, albeit enormously challenging. When I wrote my first novel in 2012, I was motivated by a need to get something off my chest. It was therapy. Yes, Fifth Sunday: The Loving Hands Murder is a work of fiction, but it is based on a true story. In it, I shared many of the realities […]

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