“This is the day the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.” (Psalm 118:24, NIV). Simple, concise and beautiful. The question that remains is to us, “Do we trust?” Do we trust that God, rather than men made this day and set it in place for us? Do we trust that … Read moreThis Is The Day!
It could have been anyone! It could have been me, it could have been you. It seemed simple enough at first. After all he was a pretty good guy. Wasn’t he? He was respected in his community, honored and a good businessman who had made good provision for his family. He had the reputation of … Read moreGiving It All Up For Jesus (Matthew 19:16-30)
“For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; 6 and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; 7 and to godliness, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, love. 8 For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you … Read moreBig Growth in Goodness is God’s Goal for Us
“When an evil spirit comes out of a man, it goes through arid places seeking rest and does not find it. Then it says, ‘I will return to the house I left.’ When it arrives, it finds the house unoccupied, swept clean and put in order. Then it goes and takes with it seven other … Read moreIt’s More Than A Clean House
God At Work! “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8:28, NIV) Humility! That is what it takes, a little bit of humility and it may go a long way for me. Trouble is I simply … Read moreGod at Work
“For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” (Ephesians 2:10, NIV). The thinking is all too often that “I can do it.” I can transform myself, make myself into the image that Christ will accept and approve. And more than this, … Read moreCreated For Good Works
“Mary had chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.” (Luke 10:42, NIV). Martha had been making preparations for entertaining her guest, Jesus. The preparations were many, I am sure. With such an important guest, there was need to have the house in order. Everything needed to be dusted; after … Read moreChoosing What Is Better
One of our greatest joys in life is that of getting to know people. Sharing in the telling of one another’s stories brings with it both tears and joy. In so doing, as Christians we begin to weave one another’s stories into the fabric of our lives. I have shared stories with people from every … Read moreNew Chapter, Same Journey — We Are Going Home!
It was hot and humid Sunday afternoon here in “North City”. So even though it is not supposed to happen we understood. You see there is not that much money available to the kids in this part of town;nor is there much transportation to take you to a place like a mall or park; so … Read moreOf Guns & Firehydrants: What Others Meant for Intimidation God Turns to Salvation
I’ve seen a few rough nights and days here in what we call “North City”. Crime seems to be a part of the culture here in this part of St. Louis. It is nothing to hear someone scream during the day, or hear a shot (actually a series of shots; or semi-automatic weapons) go off during the … Read moreThe Ball Is Still There!