NEEDED CALM

What do I love about the Apostle Paul? I love his apparent calmness. When I look at Paul in the Scriptures, I see a man who promotes calm trust in a loving God who sovereignly orchestrates all affairs of men.Paul doesn’t seem unfeeling or apathetic or low-energy. But in different kinds of circumstance and situations, he appears to instill calm reliance upon God. The present moment in our world–with its conflicts, uncertainties, political posturing, financial recession, and wide-spread double-mindedness–brings many occasions for people (even Christians) to panic or wring hands or want to wring necks. But the ministry of God’s grace, modeled by Paul says, “Be calm.” I ask myself, […]

I’M SO VAIN

Reading a Puritan Paperback called The Way to True Peace and Rest has provoked me to think about some of the big obstacles to peace and rest. Early in my Christian life, a striking illustration of pride proved most helpful. To this day, I think about it regularly. It went like this: Imagine you walk into a room where people are sitting around tables. When you walk through the door, uproarious laughter explodes from the table in the far corner. Your first thought: They are laughing at me! Why? Do I have egg on my face? Is my zipper down? Do they not like me? In reality, someone at the […]

LOW ON DISCERNMENT

Social media, press media, and a myriad of irresponsible voices are complicating our efforts to make sense of life in the modern world. It’s wild out there and our discernment is running low. I loved this book when it released, and it’s worth opening again now. If you don’t know, now you know. Go to Full Article Author: Rush

ADVICE FOR THE ANXIOUS

In these anxiety-fueled times, advice helps. I’m not sure why, but I’ve often found the older the advice, the better. Those who came before us, living in harder times and more deadly circumstances, have richer things to say and believe. John Calvin certainly fits within this trend. A strong quote from Calvin on the topic of anxiety led me to a quick internet search, where the below article popped up before me. Helpful reading for sure. John Calvin and Anxiety Go to Full Article Author: Rush

ADVICE TO A TROUBLED WOMAN

I shared a story about Andrew Murray in my sermon last Sunday. Sounds like I spoke too fast and prevented some people from putting it down in their notes. I better reproduce it here. The story puts South African pastor Andrew Murray laid up in bed with severe back pain, in the home of someone who hosted him on preaching trip. The person who attended to him one day in 1895 came to his room. She said a troubled woman had knocked on the door asking for his counsel. He said, “Just give her this advice I’m writing down for myself; it may be that she’ll find it helpful.” The […]

WE HOPE IN WHOM WE WAIT

Who are you waiting on today? In difficult times of waiting, we must remember who we are waiting on. The Psalms remind us that we hope in whom we wait. Repeatedly, the psalmist cries out: How long, O Lord? Will you forget me forever? How long will you hide your face from me? (Psalm 13:1)Because he hopes in God, he waits on God. But in the waiting rooms of life, amnesia comes easy. We fill in blanks like mad libs. How long, O __________? Will you ____________ forever?How long, O spouse? Will you hog the TV forever?How long, O child? Will you pepper me with whys forever?How long, O winter? […]

A WAY SEEMS RIGHT

We sorely underestimate many verses in the Bible. Proverbs 16:25 must sit near the top of the list. It reads: “There is a way which seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death.” The Bible magnifies this verse’s importance by quoting it again in Proverbs 14. This verse emphasizes the deceitful nature of sin. The end-is-the-way-of-death part jars us. Of the two clauses which make up the verse, the last part stands out because of the word “death.” The terminal nature of the verse captivates attention, but often the first clause hides away. I wonder if God made this to subtlety function with an intent […]

AIRPLANE BONEYARD

I came across an incredible video article about the airline industry. During the COVID-19 pandemic, airlines grounded thousands of airplanes. Because maintenance needs remain, and atmospheric conditions may harm the giant machines, airlines must store planes in special places called “boneyards.” An unexpected implication of the pandemic shutdowns, grounded planes gobble up space and attention. Airlines must find ground space to park planes, as well as figure out how to keep up with the location and maintenance needs of each plane. An incredible, logistic challenge results. And the challenge will continue when these planes take flight again. Watch this intriguing video article. Go to Full Article Author: Rush

UNITY IN DIVERSITY

Our world needs unity in diversity. We need an answer to the question , “how can ‘the many’ diverse people be brought into ‘the one’ unified crowd?” It is the problem of the one and the many. The answer can only be found in the God of the Bible and His revealed purposes for our world. The Triune God is the ultimate answer to the question. He, Himself, is the ultimate unity in diversity; three distinct Persons in one united fellowship. We see He is the answer when we look at creation. In His world we find example after example of unity in diversity; in every tree lush with a […]

LOVE: ANOTHER REASON TO JOIN A CHURCH

There are many good reasons to join a local church. But there is yet another: love. In this way, I do not mean just the Christian compulsion to love; to love other Christians. I am referring, instead, to our inability to love – our inability to love everyone with the same intensity and devotion. Some Christians object to this emphasis on church membership by appealing to their good desire to love others. The objection goes something like this: “Every Christian is a member of Christ’s body; His Church. I don’t need to join a particular local church and I don’t want to. Because if I join a local church, I […]