Audio Book

The book, There’s No One Like Jesus, is now available as an audio book. More and more people are choosing this means of reading books. You can listen to the reading of a book while you are working, while you are driving, while you are sitting comfortably in a chair at home, or even when out walking for exercise. Modern technology has opened many new ways to communicate. You can now communicate with people throughout the world without having to wait for long periods of time. Books can now be made available in places you would not have dreamed possible a few years ago. The Bible talks much about listening. Several times it says, “he who has ears, let him hear.” We can listen in different ways. Some listening is superficial. It enters one ear and goes out the other. But there is an intense listening as when we hear something very important. We do not want to miss a word that is said. That is the way we should listen to God’s Word. New opportunities are opening for us to listen. And one of those is through audio books. You may not have time to read a book, but you can listen to the reading of a book as you do other things. Whether you listen to the reading of a book or actually read a book yourself, you have great opportunities to grow spiritually and deepen your faith in...

Storms of Life

It is storm season in Oklahoma. In fact, areas of the state are called “tornado alley.” Most cities and towns have sirens which warn that a tornado has been spotted or that one is making its way toward the area where you are. Some of the tornados are so destructive where lives are lost and there is great property damage. Are there not also spiritual storms which sometimes come up unexpectedly? It may be the loss of a job. It could be bad news from a doctor’s visit. It might be the sudden death of a family member or friend. There may be no warning at all. A storm may catch us completely off guard. Some of my neighbors hare storm shelters. They are built underground. Another friend has a safe room in his house. When there is the threat of a tornado, they can enter a place of safety and wait out the storm. Christians also have a storm shelter. The Psalmist talked about the Lord being our hiding place. He is call our refuge, our rock, our fortress. Whether it is a spiritual tornado or an earthquake, we have a place to run to. Martin Luther wrote about it in his famous hymn. “A Mighty Fortress is Our God.” Those storms are sure to come, but we know where to...

A Matter of Perspective

When you are too close to a painting, you may not appreciate it. Often you have to step far back to appreciate the painting. The same is true when you live at the foot of a mountain. Only when you take the long view do you see the¬†beauty and majesty of a great mountain. Problems can seem insurmountable up close. Only when we step back and look at problems with regard to all of life do we see how small they really are. They may seem like mountains up close but they are really just mole hills. Where we stand and look at scenery makes all the difference in the world. It is the same with our lives of faith. From the perspective of the Word of God we see far more than a problem. We see an opportunity to grow, an opportunity to be a witness, an opportunity to¬†express our faith. From the perspective of the church we know that the head of the church, Jesus Christ. will not fail. As children our perspective is rather limited. Our perspective changes as young people and even more so as young adults. In middle age we see things that we may never have thought about in youth. As senior adults the change in perspective is even more drastic. Whether at the sunrise of our lives or at the sunset of our lives, we need to look through the eyes of faith. As someone has wisely said, “Believing is Seeing and not Seeing is Believing.” The Bible says, “We walk by faith and not by...

Love that Surpasses

Valentine’s Day causes people to think of people they love. Sometimes it is love between good friends. Sometimes it is love in a family. It is also a good time for us to think about God’s love. People send Valentine’s Cards to express friendship and love. God sends us His word to tell us about his love. God’s love is so great that He tells us about it in many different ways. The prophets told us about his love. For instance, in the Book of Jeremiah it says that God love is “from everlasting to everlasting.” In the Book of Psalms it says over and over that “His love endures forever.” Most clearly do we see God’s love at the cross. God could not speak more loudly than He did at the cross. “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son.” In the New Testament much is said about God’s love. It says this about the nature of God. “God is love.” Paul wrote that nothing can separate us from God’s love. He lists many things that might trouble us greatly but he says that none of these things such as tribulation, or distress can separate us. Nothing present or future, nothing seen or unseen can separate us. What should be our response to this kind of love? We should receive the One who loves us unconditionally, eternally, personally. We should rejoice in the One who floods us with such love. We should follow faithfully the One whose love has no end. We should share the good news about the One whose love is...

God is on His Throne!

At the beginning of the year it is wise to remember that God is on his throne. There are many uncertainties around us. The future may seem quite threatening. We do not know what may happen this year in our country or in our personal lives. But, we can be certain about this. God knows the future. And there are no uncertainties with him. Man made catastrophes on earth will not change his purpose or plans for us. On the throne is a wise ruler, a King who does not change with the times. He is working out his purpose in our lives and nothing will detour him. On the throne is One who loves us. He invites us to come boldly to his throne to find grace and mercy. On the throne is One who understands us fully, who wants us completely. He knows where we are, regardless of any distance that we feel from him. We may feel down and out but He invites us to his throne. All we need to do is to come clothed in the perfect righteousness of Jesus. We come in the name of Christ, at the invitation of Christ, and through the worthiness of Christ. It is a throne of grace. God has not abdicated his throne. He never will. Throughout the endless ages He is the ever-living One. Men may fight against Him but they only harm themselves. Whatever may happen during 2019, you can be sure that a wise, loving God is upon the Throne! This is very comforting to me. Here is an anchor for the new year....

The Gift of Gifts

Many people will spend much time trying to find the perfect gift for someone they love. Some people will buy an expensive gift in order to impress someone. Christmas is a time for giving. But the best human gift pales into insignificance compared to God’s gift to us. He gave us his best. He gave us Himself. That baby in a manger was his gift to us. That boy in the temple was his gift to us. That man teaching on the mountain was his gift to us. That man of Galilee touching and healing the leper was his gift to us. That man on the cross between two thieves was his gift to us. That man who came out of the grave conquering death was his gift to us. In giving Jesus to us, He gave us salvation, abundant life, eternal life. The Bible says, “The gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” And Paul broke into praise when he wrote, “Thanks be unto God for his unspeakable gift.” And through the ages men and women of faith have been talking about this amazing gift. It is a gift so precious that many have died martyrs deaths because of it. It is a gift so life-changing that many endure imprisonment and ridicule to tell others about it. We have just finished observing “Thanksgiving Day.” But, Christmas is certainly a time for thanksgiving. It is a time to thank God for the gift of eternal life, abundant life. We can spell that gift in one word, Jesus. No wonder that we celebrate Christmas every year....