Monthly Archives: February 2024

2/20/24 Lent Psalm 57

2/20/24 Lent Psalm 57

2/20/24 Lent Psalm 57 

Poor old King David. His middle name could be Whiplash. He is as up and down as anybody I know. All you have to do is read the Psalms to see that. One minute he is despairing he ever lived. “Nobody likes me. Everybody hates me. I think I’ll go eat worms.” And the very next verse he is on top of the world. God has him in His back pocket. “I am the greatest.” Today’s psalm is no exception. 

“Have mercy on me, my God, have mercy on me, for in You I take refuge.” That sounds okay until you remember David is writing from a cave where he is hiding, running for his life from Saul. “I will take refuge in the shadow of Your wings UNTIL THIS DISASTER PASSES.” Now we start to see he is shivering and shaking and down in the dumps. And then it starts getting bad. 

“…midst of lions, …ravenous beasts, …men with sharp teeth and tongues” 

I don’t know if I’m reading the Bible or a Spiderman comic book. 

Okay, enough picking on David. We’ve all been there. Our doubts turn into real fears. Our fears turn into phobias. Our phobias turn into obsessions. And the next thing you know, all we can think about is that the doctor’s report will be catastrophic, or our social security will run out before we hit 70. We have allowed the struggles of life to become horrific creatures with lives of their own, intentionally seeking to destroy us. I have become the little kid, afraid to go to bed because of the monsters in the closet. 

Listen, bad stuff is going to happen to you. There, aren’t you glad you tuned in today? It will. That’s just the way of life. We are up and down. We are on top of the world and then the transmission goes out of the car, and somebody kicks the slats out from under us. Because we are not in Heaven yet, the world is flawed, and negative things still come our way. But they are not monsters. They are not personally trying to destroy us. Sickness, financial reversal, and hurt feelings happen to everyone.  

Here are two crucial things to remember: 

  1. Life changes. Good times or bad times will pass, and, in a while, things will be different. 
  1. God doesn’t change. He is still large and in charge. He loves you more than you can imagine. And He has a wonderful plan for you. (Can you say Jeremiah 29:11?) 

So do what David did, LIFT GOD UP. “Be exalted, O God, above the heavens; let Your glory be over the earth.” The lower that life tries to take me, the higher I am going to lift God up. I will make up my mind to have praise come out of my mouth. I will rehearse all the good stuff He has done. I will declare His goodness to everybody I see. And before I know it, the monsters are gone. I’m out of the cave. And on to the next great adventure. Go, David! Go, you. You will be king one day. 😊  

2/19/24 MondayMatters: Christian Assertiveness

2/19/24 MondayMatters: Christian Assertiveness

https://youtu.be/Na6AQntGZuk?feature=shared Are Christians allowed to be assertive? What does it mean to “speak the truth in love”? The issue of being assertive and being Christian always seems to be a difficult task. Christian assertiveness seems like a contradiction in terms. It is not only possible, but probably important for the Christ follower. Here is a… Continue Reading

Lent 2/16/24      Psalm 52

Lent 2/16/24 Psalm 52

Lent Devotion February 16, 2024 Psalm 52  Each day of Lent read through a Psalm and make it a prayer. I’ll attach a suggested list at the end of this. (It’s not too late to start.)    Larry Thompson was my 7th-grade nemesis. He was old for his age. A 7th grader with facial hair, fully… Continue Reading

Charismatic Hasidic Passions.  By Dan Scott

Charismatic Hasidic Passions. By Dan Scott

Hasidic Jews can be roughly compared to Charismatic Christians. Like Charismatic spirituality, Hasidism is a passionate and expressive expression rather than the orderly, dispassionate affair of mainstream rabbinical Judaism. Abraham Joshua Heschel makes this point several times in his book, God in Search of Man. One important difference between the Hasidim and Christian Charismatics is… Continue Reading

2/12/24 MondayMatters: How to Travel (Through Life) With the One You Love

2/12/24 MondayMatters: How to Travel (Through Life) With the One You Love

https://youtu.be/Gu3fiLLzuec?feature=shared Life is a  journey. You will never take another step in the same exact place. Here are 5 things to remember when your traveling companion is the love of your life. 1. Remember the joy of the journey. 2. Take turns driving. 3. Take frequent rest stops. 4. Don’t be afraid of the detours.… Continue Reading

Black History Month: In The Beginning Was The Relationship

Black History Month: In The Beginning Was The Relationship

The creation story starts with the familiar words, “In the beginning, God.”  It goes on to include some physical phenomena, a move of the Spirit, and eventually, man and woman made in “our,” a plural God, image.  That verse could have as easily said, “In the beginning was the Relationship.” God is nothing if He… Continue Reading