Category Archives: To the Christians



Say it when there is no audible “Amen”

Sometimes we have to say it even when we cannot expect a chorus of “Amens” from the brethren. We all seek affirmation from the group in one way or another. And desiring that commonality of purpose isn’t wrong but letting … Continue reading

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Slick Willie and Romans 13

Time to ‘fess up. Do you remember Bill Clinton and Slick Willie? Then let me tell you a story. Somewhere around 1994-95 when I was still a pastor at the church in Traverse City, Michigan, God slapped me down and … Continue reading

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Not in the mysterious studied, but the obvious lived.

I had to grab my pen and start writing quickly yesterday during our worship service. More thoughts on a needed change in perspective and perception in evangelicalism. We are the studiers, the “students of the Word,” blah, blah, blah. We … Continue reading

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. . “but have not love” but we don’t believe it.

If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I … Continue reading

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Have I found out yet that the goodness of God tastes better than the malice of men?

(1 Peter 2:1-3 ESV) So put away all malice and all deceit and hypocrisy and envy and all slander. (2) Like newborn infants, long for the pure spiritual milk, that by it you may grow up to salvation– (3) if … Continue reading

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Casting flows from humbling.

(1 Peter 5:6 ESV) Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, (7) casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you. Pride breeds insecurity breeds anxiety. … Continue reading

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Speaking again about humility, true humility.

(1 Peter 5:5 ESV) Likewise, you who are younger, be subject to the elders. Clothe yourselves, all of you, with humility toward one another, for “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.” (1 Peter 5:6 ESV) Humble … Continue reading

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Mean church people, lost identity.

(John 13:34-35 NKJV) A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. (35) By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have … Continue reading

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What we say, what they feel

I like the daily cartoons in our local paper: Baby Blues, Garfield, Dilbert, Zits, etc. Sometimes they do a “What she says, what he hears” kind of thing. Here is a twist, following the previous post “Sticks and stones…” What … Continue reading

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Sticks and stones…

Sticks and stones may break our bones, but words will absolutely destroy our neighbor. Think about it. Think about how much as Christians we intentionally ignore God’s teaching concerning how we talk, our misinformation, joining the prayer chain to keep … Continue reading

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