Jacksonville, Florida

Christian Calamity

Too often people think that becoming a Christian saves us from storms in our lives. Nothing is further from the truth. The evil one goes at new Christians far worse than he does nonbelievers. I recall that not all things went well once I became a Christian. They still don’t. I’m sure you can say the same. Jesus faced storms as well. He had to deal with angry people, betrayal from a friend, and the …

Jacksonville, Florida

Old Age is Setting in

Years ago, (a lot of years ago) I used to say I’d never be old like my parents. I’d be young forever. I wouldn’t complain about kids playing in my yard or the new technology. Then along came digital coupons. Half the time they don’t work. I found myself getting angry at Publix the other day because the only recourse I had was to go home and reinstall my information. That meant those coupons on …

Jacksonville, Florida

A Different World

What would the world look like if all Christians lived like Mark 12:30-31 tells us to? For those who don’t know, this is the verse where Jesus tells us that we should “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.” Basically, we are …

Jacksonville, Florida

The Perfect Setup

I was reading an article the other day about how brides are ruining their honeymoon because they choose a vacation spot with wonderful beaches instead of the log cabin they’d rather rent. They spend half their days posing and shooting pictures instead of enjoying themselves. Why? Because they want to prove on Instagram they had a good time. So instead of having fun, they spend hours setting up their shots to make them the best. …

Jacksonville, Florida

Does Your Past Hold You Back?

We all have things in our past we’d like to change, including Yolanda Perkins who spent three years in federal prison for credit card fraud. At the time she was on her way to graduating from college and then found herself arrested. Unlike most people who get out of jail and allow their past to hold them back, she moved forward. She just graduated from Nova Southeastern University with a Ph.D. Not only is she …

Jacksonville, Florida

Tell God Your Plan

This past Friday, I had a countertop put on a divider wall so we could use it as a bar to serve food and to eat on. My contractor thought it would only take about fifteen minutes to install. Two and a half hours later, he finished. There’s an old Yiddish proverb that says We plan, God laughs.  It doesn’t matter how well we plan something, things can go wrong. We say we want to …

Jacksonville, Florida

Three Categories of Prayer

Prayer is one of the ways we stay connected with God. There are so many things we can pray for, and so many ways we can pray. God loves to hear from His children, to know we are thinking of him. 1 Timothy 2:1-2  tells us that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people, for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. But …

Jacksonville, Florida

In the Light of God

Susan slowed as she came to Elm Street. The large trees hung together creating a tunnel. Her heart raced with each step forward. The further she walked, the darker it became. Her backpack grew heavy slowing her even further. Leaves rustled to the side. She paused in her tracks. Everything went silent except for her loud breaths. She turned and ran until she broke through to the other side. Relief came when she spotted the …

Jacksonville, Florida

Holding the Hand of a King

Father’s Day is upon us. I know some of you didn’t have a good relationship with your father growing up, neither did I. Because of this it’s hard to go to church and enjoy a service thanking men for being a good parent when mine wasn’t. Because of my non-relationship with my father, I had a hard time with the whole God the Father thing. Eventually, I worked through it, but it took a lot …

Jacksonville, Florida

Are You Hedging Your Bets?

Again we saw in Virginia Beach how the value of life means nothing to some people. Too bad most don’t think about how they will have to answer to God for what they’ve done. A lot of Christians will blame the lack of God in this country while others will blame the guns. But the one true culprit is the person who used the weapon to harm others. And who’s to say this guy wasn’t …