Quick Quiz: Is Money too important to you?

This is not a scientific test in any way. Just some thoughtful questions designed to show potential signs that money may have too much influence in your heart. Is money too important to you? 1)ENVY- Do you find yourself strongly resenting people who have more than you? 2) ANXIETY- Do you find yourself worrying aboutContinue reading “Quick Quiz: Is Money too important to you?”

Wealth creates a privacy that impedes fellowship, an independence that impedes prayer, and creative distractions that impede ministry.

When Jesus said, “How hard it is for the rich to enter the kingdom of God,” he was talking to you and me. The Rich, Young Ruler didn’t necessarily think he was RICH and neither do we even though we live in one of the wealthiest countries on the planet and most of us haveContinue reading “Wealth creates a privacy that impedes fellowship, an independence that impedes prayer, and creative distractions that impede ministry.”

Today’s Rich Young Ruler is Middle Class, Middle Age & Middle Management

A summary of his resume would state: “I’ve done it right my whole life.” He went to the right school and came from the right family. He was a good man, successful, a rule-follower, a Conservative, didn’t buy into global warming,  complained about high taxes, desired smaller government and was responsible with his money. HeContinue reading “Today’s Rich Young Ruler is Middle Class, Middle Age & Middle Management”

Faith is Acting upon what we Know

There certainly is an informational side to faith. For us to trust Jesus, we must have good theology which informs us about who Jesus is. Our faith must be fed with solid biblical and theological content. But when Jesus challenges his closest followers with the charge, “Do you STILL have no faith,” He is sayingContinue reading “Faith is Acting upon what we Know”

Charging Jesus with a Felony

Sometimes in the midst of the panic of our adverse circumstances, we have a habit of charging Jesus with a felony against us. It’s as if the Lord has perpetrated wickedness against us or has failed to care for us because He has allowed certain storms to rage in our lives. The disciples did thisContinue reading “Charging Jesus with a Felony”

A Thundering Voice!

There’s something about a commanding voice that inspires, motivates, commands attention and scares you almost to death all at the same time. Thoughts and pictures of Jesus from my childhood and even more recent movies about Him cast Jesus as soft-spoken, meek, mild and almost effeminate. How different is the Jesus of the New TestamentContinue reading “A Thundering Voice!”

What’s in it for me?

Want to know something that I dislike about myself?  I dislike the internal selfish desire that is always asking, “What’s in it for me?”  But I dislike that desire more in you than I do in me.  Sadly, we probably won’t get away from the quest of personal gain in this lifetime. An old pastor,Continue reading “What’s in it for me?”

Is He Worth it?

I find myself regularly doing cost-benefit analysis and asking the question, “Is it worth it?” Should I invest my time, my money, my effort, my gift or my talents? The woman in Mark 14 who poured her precious life savings onto The Savior did a pretty radical thing which was not comprehended by the accountantsContinue reading “Is He Worth it?”