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Who Can You Trust?

When I was a senior in high school, my teacher prepared us to participate in a debate. In his collegiate days, he was on a debate team from the University of Redlands that won a competition against the USAF Academy on the topic, “How to lie with statistics.” In the face of facts and figures,…

The Promise of Giving

A Promise for Giving Tithes, Offerings, and Contributions “Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you” (Luke 6:38 NIV).

The End of All Things

Brief Comments on Isaiah 54:1-17 Especially Addressing “Why Are We Still Here?” “The end of all things is near. Therefore be alert and of sober mind so that you may pray” (1Peter 4:7 NIV). 1- Why are we still here? The world is still here ONLY because God still continues to hold all things together. “He is…

Exquisite Uniqueness of God

“There is no one like the God of Jeshurun [a poetic name for the people of Israel, meaning ‘upright people’], who rides across the heavens to help you and on the clouds in His majesty” (Deuteronomy 33:26 NIV). Only God’s wisdom and knowledge are unlimited (Romans 11:33-36). Only God’s words are unstoppable (Isaiah 55:6-11). Only…

Help My Unbelief

A Brief Commentary on Mark 9:1-29 Especially Addressing the Plea, “Help Me Overcome My Unbelief,” or Overcoming Our Jadedness Verse 1 “And He said to them, Truly I tell you, some who are standing here will not taste death before they see that the kingdom of God has come with power” (9:1 NIV).The “Some Who…

God’s Plan

What Is God Trying to Accomplish? First, God must seek His highest good above all. PLEASURE: God’s pleasure was His purpose for creating everything. “Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for Thou hast created all things, and for Thy pleasure they are and were created” (Revelation 4:11 KJV). Only a Perfect…

Like Jesus

Growing up as a teenaged, American youth in the late 1960s to early 1970s, I witnessed from a Middle America, Southern California perspective, the counterculture’s effect upon mainline, evangelical Christianity. Pianos and organs of traditional Christian music were introduced to guitars and drums of popular music. White shirts and ties gave way to leisure suits.…

Gospel Vignettes

One Way. “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me” (John 14:6 NIV). Jesus is the only way to God, not because He has obstructed others from free competition to be alternative ways to God, but because no other way can be legitimately proven…

Disciple’s Guide to Building the Kingdom of God

Introduction. Kingdom Come State Park is 1,283 acres of wilderness in Harlan County of eastern Kentucky. Overlooking stunning vistas of Black Mountain and the Cumberland Plateau at 2,700 feet, it offers visitors the opportunity of experiencing vast panoramas of forested, mountain beauty from its four mountain top overlooks. Named from a famous Civil War novel,…

Conscience: Miracle of the Moral Law

A crowning achievement of modern man’s cooperation was Neil Armstrong setting foot on the moon on July 21, 1969. Months later, my high school literature class was assigned to read William Goulding’s fiction novel, “Lord of the Flies” (1954), a dismal tale of the failure of civilization over savagery. A group of preadolescent, British schoolboys…

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