Remain Through

How many of you are just like me? Don’t panic. I mean in that I eat without the actual work that goes into producing food? I may complain about the higher prices that result from lean years, but that is not the same as experiencing those lean years in the midst of working a field. In the same way, I drink milk without twice a day milkings. I think that on some level we all enjoy the results of other people’s labors. But some will attempt this with relationships and that boys and girls does not work. Play on words intended. Continue reading

Greatest

Who is your example of great? As a chaplain at a youth correction center, I sometimes encounter young people who look up to drug dealers. Money and power seems to dance for them. They seem to be in control. One time I had invited a police officer to come talk to them. The discussion drifted toward their idea of great: money. Continue reading

Obedience or Disobediance

One of my professors once told us, “God can use your obedience or your disobedience to accomplish his will. It is better for you if he uses your obedience.” But if God knows if it will be obedience or disobedience in advance, is the stage set? Are we locked in? If God knows what will happen, does that make future events predetermined? Yeah, I think I’ve probably asked the same question in enough different ways now. Let’s look at an example. God told Habakkuk that he was going to rise up the Chaldeans (the Babylonians) to punish Israel. Continue reading

Longed With Longing

In the summer of 2021 my wife and I planned on going to Glacier National Park. There were many roadblocks along the way. Finding a place to stay that didn’t cost $300 a night was the first. We finally found an air B&B in Kalispell. Then we discovered that you had to have a pass to enter on the Going to the Sun Road and everything was sold out. More tickets would be open for purchase on the web cite a couple of days before we planned on going. Continue reading

Quiet Control

Sometimes it may feel as if God is not in control. Calm down. I know. This feeling is more about our perception than reality. But I am not talking about what we know; what we tell ourselves over and over again. I’m talking about how it feels. The forces of evil plot nefarious schemes. The gathering dark clouds seem to be gaining in force and strength. Continue reading

Departing Journey

Just so you know, I believe that demon possession is a real thing. I have seen too much to dismiss it. But I also believe that demon possession is merely one tool in the arsenal of Satan. If someone gravitates toward selfishly evil behavior it does not necessarily point to possession. I read a book (well, I started to read a book – the relationship between myself and this book was very short lived) that claimed that every sniffle was demon related; every illness was a result of demon possession. Continue reading

Ah Tension

There are moments that are electric with building tension. Careful, don’t drag your feet on the ground, it might set off a spark. For some churches this describes every business meeting. It hasn’t been my experience, but I have heard stories fraught with outbursts of anger and smoldering hatred. Continue reading

Stand

Have you ever experienced an awakening; a moment in time when the priorities of life smack you upside the head? After 9/11 some churches experienced an increase in attendance. Some watched those towers fall and the reality of the randomness of life and death came for an uncomfortable visit. Unfortunately, many churches are now experiencing a decline in attendance. What happened? Life. Life happened. T Continue reading

The Fig Tree Sign

We could talk again about the goal of apocalyptic literature. But that would be repetitive and boring. It’s like poetry. Much of poetry is not intended to be taken literally. When the psalmist cries out “Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, and in sin my mother conceived me” (Psalm 51:5 NASB), it is not intended to be a statement of theology. Continue reading

More than History

Part of our problem is that we don’t understand apocalyptic literature. It is not a genre that exists anymore. And we also have these so called End of Times prophets jumping out of the woodwork professing to be eschatological experts. Just listen to them and they will expound the symbols. And here is where it gets interesting. They expound the symbols as if they were literal predictions. I am not an expert. I am not an End of Times prophet. But symbols are not intended to be taken literally. They are symbols. Continue reading