According to tradition, Solomon is the author of the book of Ecclesiastes. This small but important book expresses the wisdom of God in contrast to the prevailing cultural corruption of skepticism. The book of Ecclesiastes is confusing to many Christians because it is so negative, and is full of skepticism. For this reason, it is… Continue reading A Frantic Search for Happiness
“Forgiveness is not an occasional act, it is a permanent attitude.” –Martin Luther King, Jr. “We are never more like Jesus than when we choose to forgive.” –Unknown “Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbor, and hate thine enemy. 44 But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless… Continue reading Resolving Conflict in Life
More Murders in Texas On May 18, 2018, eight students and two teachers were murdered in a Texas high school shooting. A seventeen year old student armed with a sawed off shotgun and a pistol made his way past a school resource officer at the Santa Fe High School, about 30 miles southeast of Houston… Continue reading The Sins of Society
If there is a struggle to understand worship, perhaps a simple definition by William Temple (1881 – 1944), a former archbishop of Canterbury will help. Worship is “quickening the conscience by the holiness of God, feeding the mind with the truth of God, purging the imagination by the beauty of God, opening the heart to… Continue reading A Good Definition of Worship
“Thanks be unto God for his unspeakable gift.”—2 Corinthians 9:15 Though he was a gifted writer, and an eloquent communicator of the gospel, there came a time when the apostle Paul could only pause his pen and say in a profound doxology of gratitude, “Thanks be unto God for his unspeakable gift” (2 Cor 9:6-15).… Continue reading A Gift Difficult to Speak Of
On May 14, 2018, the United States of America opened an embassy in Jerusalem while telling Israel, “You are not alone.” Such words are reassuring to a small nation that has been under siege since its modern rebirth 70 years ago on May 14, 1948. On that day Jewish Agency Chairman David Ben-Gurion pronounced the… Continue reading Israel, You Are Not Alone!
c. 763 BC Of all the prophets, Amos emerges as a leading voice on behalf of the poor, the oppressed, and the downtrodden. Amos longed for righteousness to be found in the land. His concern for justice touches the heart, for his message goes beyond criminal justice to demand that government be sensitive to the… Continue reading A Message of Judgement and Hope