Connecting Two Ten-Year-Olds

Natalie Ishioka (10 years of age) of Corner-stone Baptist Church, Roseville, Michigan,  became concerned about Cuba when an offering was received for Bikes for Cuban Pastors at our annual (July, 2014) Vacation Bible School.  The kids came up with $2400  (with a little help from a few well-heeled adults).  Natalie had saved the money for … Continue reading Connecting Two Ten-Year-Olds

Get It All

 My mother occasionally served us pork chops for dinner. After having enjoyed the majority of the meat on his chop, my dad said, “Son, it is okay to pick up the bone—it costs too much to not get it all.” “Get it all” echoed in my mind as the years have gone by. And the … Continue reading Get It All

Extreme

 It was not long after Mr. George Bush was elected that the Left started hating him.  After his eight years, the nation took a sharp turn to the left,  electing Mr. Barack Obama. And the Right hated him. Totally ignoring Philippians 4:8, the Right could not say anything good about him–you would have thought he … Continue reading Extreme

Reasons to Attend Church

In May, 2012, I wrote to a father--John Alcott—in Saint Clair Shores, Michigan- to encourage him to attend church. His wife and children came, but he did not.  This is what I wrote to him.    Good Afternoon John,  Recently I was on the phone with your wife. Tracey said your daughter, Elizabeth, is growing … Continue reading Reasons to Attend Church

Balancing The Overly Sensitive Christian (II Samuel 18:19-32,  Part 4 of 4)

 In the first three articles, we have been thinking about Ahimaaz, an overly sensitive man who wanted to cushion bad news coming to his king.  In this final article, we work on helping the OSC (Overly Sensitive Christian) be balanced and content.  Gaining Victory   How can the overly sensitive Christian glorify God? How do … Continue reading Balancing The Overly Sensitive Christian (II Samuel 18:19-32,  Part 4 of 4)

Overly Sensitive = Idolatry¹ (II Samuel 18:19-32,   Part 3 of 4)

We continue to think about the sensitive personality of Ahimaaz, the pro-King David son of Zadok the priest.  Ahimaaz Untruthful   Ahimaaz denied knowing about Absalom, even though verse 20 says Joab clearly stated that Absalom was dead.  Ahimaaz knew it, but he couldn’t bring himself to speak this reality. He couldn’t hurt his mentor.  … Continue reading Overly Sensitive = Idolatry¹ (II Samuel 18:19-32,   Part 3 of 4)

Overly Sensitive = Liar³ (II Samuel 18:19-32,  Part 2 of 4)

 In part 1, Ahimaaz, the pro-David, tender son of Zadok, wanted to report news about the battle to King David. Joab had refused to allow him to run to the King.  The purpose of these three articles is to get the reader to see an example of being overly sensitive, with the hope that those … Continue reading Overly Sensitive = Liar³ (II Samuel 18:19-32,  Part 2 of 4)

The Overly Sensitive Christian¹ (II Samuel 18:19-32, Part 1 of 4)

Introduction   While some believers can be insensitive oafs, the other extreme exists within the church–those who are overly sensitive and (therefore) fragile.  The upside is that such a person–possessing acute spiritual radar–can step into a room and almost smell a hurting person. For every dominant, bull-in-the-China-shop, type-A, driving personality we encounter in the church, … Continue reading The Overly Sensitive Christian¹ (II Samuel 18:19-32, Part 1 of 4)

Adaptability and Deference

The picture to the left was taken ½ mile from Lake Michigan on the way to Holland State park. This amazing picture, shows the accommodation a tree made for a chain-link fence.  If the tree had been a small sapling when the fence was installed, one would think the tree would simply have been pushed … Continue reading Adaptability and Deference