Thoughts by Men

Getting Charged Up

Getting Charged Up

Stay spiritually fresh. Stay connected with God. Keep your spiritual batteries charged. “…be prepared in season and out of season…” 2 Timothy 4:2 For some time, we have known they were coming, but when the first one in town opened this week across the street from my office, I just stood and stared. I am…

Wisdom for the Trials of Life

Wisdom for the Trials of Life

Have you ever looked at someone and thought, He’s so lucky or her life is so easy? “Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. …

Greatly Misunderstood

Greatly Misunderstood

Christian friend, is there someone you haven’t spoken to in a while? Don’t lose hope. Keep praying for the one you love. You might see the whole picture soon. “They all joined together constantly in prayer, along with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brothers.” Acts 1:14 My brother and…

He Knows Your Needs

He Knows Your Needs

Jesus calls us to calmness with this challenge from Matthew 6:32-33. “Your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.” Seek first the kingdom of wealth, and you’ll worry over every dollar. Seek first the kingdom of…

Peace

Peace

Perfect peace is not partial peace. Perfect peace is complete full, unmixed. “The peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus” Philippians 4:7 Perfect peace is not partial peace. Perfect peace is complete full, unmixed. It is “shalom” peace—rich in blessings, well-being, and God’s favor. It is…

His Faithful Ones

His Faithful Ones

“For the LORD loves the just and will not forsake his faithful ones. They will be protected forever… “  Psalm 37:28 Thought God is committed to his people. He loves justice, and those who pursue it. He will not forget his people, those who seek to honor him by displaying his character in their lives….

Trouble Comes with Life

Trouble Comes with Life

How do we survive the bitterly cold winds of life? When the account has no cash. When the marriage has no joy. When the crib is empty or the grave is occupied. Well Scripture offers a couple of starchy observations. First, no one gets a free pass. Trouble knocks at the door of us all. Someone needs…

Your Map is Putting You in Danger!

Your Map is Putting You in Danger!

What map are you using for your life journey? Is it an old map that seems to be putting you in difficult, even dangerous situations? Is it time for a new map? When my daughter was 16, she and I decided to do a 7 day backpacking trip on the West Coast Trail of Vancouver…

Renewed

Renewed

“…..be made new in the attitude of your minds…  Ephesians 4:23 Thought We cannot renew ourselves on our own. We can guard ourselves against corrupting influences. We can offer ourselves to God and come to discern his will more fully (Romans 12:1-2). Ultimately, however, God himself must do the renewing, not just when we are…

How to Make a Difference

How to Make a Difference

The Father always equips His children. He begins by developing Christlike character within us. “ As each one has received a special gift, employ it in serving one another as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.  Whoever speaks, is to do so as one who is speaking the utterances of God; whoever serves is…