Peter and the Holy Spirit

I enjoy watching the ‘make over’ shows on television.  I love to see old classic cars that are restored to a brand new luster.  Then there are the ‘fixer upper’ programs that remodel old houses and make beautiful homes of them.  People too are transformed on some reality shows when they lose large amounts of weight and are extremely made …

Presence of the Holy Spirit

In the little church where I grew up, we experienced very little teaching concerning the Holy Spirit.  After two decades away from the church, I came back into a setting that recognizes and honors the work and Person of the Holy Spirit. I have noticed though that we often focus on the Gifts of the Spirit which are clearly articulated …

Overcoming the Storms of Life

Back in 2011, a very destructive tornado tore through the region where I live.  A couple of weeks ago as Hurricane Harvey impacted the Houston area, my mind went back to our local turmoil from that 2011 tornado.  Again this week as Irma has made its way north through the Caribbean towards Florida, I have been reminded of the chaos …

Gulf Coast Storm

Hurricane Harvey has wreaked havoc along America’s gulf coast region.  From southeast Texas over into Louisiana the devastation is profound.  Thankfully the Bible teaches us that God’s desire is to bring forth His Goodness and His Hope from even the most difficult circumstances (see Romans 8:28). And we have seen a lot of ongoing goodness in the aftermath of Harvey. …

Story of Two Jeremiahs

In the early 70’s Warner Brothers released a movie entitled Jeremiah Johnson starring Robert Redford.  Redford’s character, Jeremiah, left civilization behind to become a mountain man.  It’s an intriguing movie filled with the challenges of living an isolated life. There is another Jeremiah in the Bible who wanted to do much the same thing, except he wanted to run off …

Two Kinds of Fellowship

What do you think of when you hear the word “fellowship“?  I did a google search for a definition of fellowship and it said, “a friendly association with others based upon common interests”.  That’s a pretty good definition and something we all need–friendly associations with others. However, the Bible gives fellowship a much deeper meaning.  In scripture, to fellowship is …

Back in the Groove

We are still in the early part of August, but in the region where I live school is starting back next week concluding the summer break.  Many people’s vacations are now over and they are transitioning out of the pattern of summer activities. So folks are getting ‘back in the groove’; that is back into an established pattern that is …

No Man is an Island

About 400 years ago a famous poet by the name of John Donne wrote a poem entitled “No Man Is An Island“.  The main thought of the poem is that all of humanity is connected, each person a part of the greater whole. Although Donne engaged in a wayward lifestyle in his youth, in his latter years he became a …

Bulletproof

I have friends in the military and in law enforcement who wear bulletproof vests when on assignment.  Obviously the purpose of the vest is to keep them safe in the midst of the battle. God desires to keep you and me safe in the midst of our battles, too.  For instance God promises in First John 5:18 “…but he who …

Fellowship With the Father

First John 1:3 tells us that we may have fellowship with the Father and with His Son Jesus. That word ‘fellowship’ means at its root ‘to share’. So John tells us simply that we can share our lives with God and that God will share His life with us through His Son. John is known as the Apostle of Love …