• One for the Road – “One Size Fits All”

    One size fits all.  There’s enough stretch to make it work for everyone.   Sometimes…people treat God the same way – He’s flexible enough to fit into everyone’s ideas.   The created fashions the creator.  The clay forms the potter.  God is made in the image of man’s choosing.   Nothing could be more sinister […]

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  • One for the Road – “Helping or Enabling”

    Helping…or enabling. That’s often a very difficult decision.   The Bible is clear. The followers of Jesus are to feed the hungry…clothe the needy…and bear the burdens of others.   But…what about those times when helping encourages laziness…or a misdirection of God-given abilities?   It can easily become enablement — fostering wrong behavior.   Of […]

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  • One for the Road – “Gnats and Camels”

    Gnats and camels.  The difference in size is striking.   Here’s what Jesus said to the Pharisees: “You strain out a gnat but swallow a camel.”   They were meticulous about how they looked…and with whom they were seen.  But…justice and brotherly love hardly got a notice.   It’s easy to get caught in this […]

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  • One for the Road – “Speaking Truth”

    Speaking truth…in love.  In that order.   Otherwise…expressions of love can be interpreted as acceptance.   Rightly…Christians are not to be judgmental.  That’s true.  But…if that becomes an excuse for not speaking truth – sincere people become enablers of bad behavior.   Jesus is the very incarnation of love.  But He spoke directly against sin.  […]

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  • One for the Road – “No Shame”

    No shame.  That can be good or bad.   Good…if it means no condemnation.  That’s the power of Jesus’ redemptive work.   “There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus…”   But bad…if it means hardness of heart – the loss of moral sensitivity.   Jeremiah comments on this: “Are […]

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  • One for the Road – “This is True in Life”

    Don’t jump – until you’ve checked the temperature of the water.   This is true in life.  It is good to assemble all of the facts before you make a decision.   Do I have the needed information?  What are the variables?  Who are the people involved?  What are the potential consequences?   This is […]

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  • One for the Road – “Sanctity”

    Sanctity.  That means sacred…holy…God-ordained.   The sanctity of life.  “…he has made you, who formed you in the womb…”   Anything that changes or diminishes this truth is an insult to God.   The sanctity of creation.  “By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command…”   Anything that changes or depreciates […]

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  • One for the Road – “Knowledge and Wisdom”

    Knowledge and wisdom.  They are not the same.   Knowledge deals with information.  Wisdom deals with judgment.   So…a person can be well-informed…but lack the ability to make good judgments.   King Solomon was known for his wisdom – unexcelled in his day.  But…in later life he became an idolater.  He turned away from God’s […]

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  • One for the Road – “The Absent God”

    The absent God.  Or…so it sometimes seems.   The psalmist said: “Why do you hide yourself in times of trouble?”   Job said: “When he passes me, I cannot see him; when he goes by, I cannot perceive him.”   When God is needed most…He is absent.  Or so it seems.   Consider this.  The […]

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  • One for the Road – “Wasted Years”

    Wasted years.  They feel like a weight around the neck.   Years of addiction…an abusive relationship…an unfulfilling job.   But…when you bring your life to Jesus…He transforms the wasted years into something meaningful.   The Bible puts it this way: “…And I will restore to you the years that the locust hath eaten…”   In […]

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