Leaving Today’s World Behind
Jacksonville, Florida

Leaving Today’s World Behind

As Christians, we are to go out in the world and bring people to Jesus. But in doing God’s will, we are not to be part of this world. That can be hard sometimes, especially when you see people who are doing worldly things winning. If you happen to be doing God’s will and feel like you’re losing, it can be a bit distressing. John 15:19 reads,If you belonged to the world, it would love …

Happy Independence Week
Jacksonville, Florida

Happy Independence Week

July 4, we celebrate Independence Day. But are we really free? Sure we can pray to whatever God we choose, we can say just about anything we want without fear of retribution, and we can carry guns on the street. Yet, how many of us are still imprisoned by our sins? Drug addicts need to get that next fix. People who want the latest gadgets must work constantly to afford such luxuries. Teen girls purge …

Passing on Lies
Jacksonville, Florida

Passing on Lies

I receive numerous “news story” e-mails several times a month. Most are political. I also see a lot of them on Facebook. What I don’t see is where these stories have been confirmed. Every once in a while I hop onto Snopes.com to check them out. About 95% of the time, the information forwarded is false. They are urban legends passed on from one e-mail to the next. There is currently one making the rounds …

Sins of the Parent
Jacksonville, Florida

Sins of the Parent

Today’s society is infatuated with fame. Getting your fifteen minutes is so important to some people they will lie, cheat, and steal to get it. A woman, with her attorney beside her, tells the world she’s won a large lottery jackpot. The news media fawns over her the first couple of days, then starts to question her honesty. Too bad they didn’t question her before, then they wouldn’t have wasted their time. A singer goes …

People Need People
Jacksonville, Florida

People Need People

People are social creatures. We need to be around others. That’s why some who are alone will have pets or become that crazy cat lady down the road. She’s found something to connect with. And when you need comforting or support, there is no better place to get it than with your Christian family. Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 reads, Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: If either of them …

The Right Words
Jacksonville, Florida

The Right Words

I just found out an old friend has breast cancer. What are the right words to say? Especially when you haven’t been so close in the last couple of years? Sorry seems more fitting for someone you don’t really know, not for someone you used to be closer to. Sometimes all you need to do is let someone know you’re there. It’s just nice to hear that someone is praying for you and that you …

Saying Thanks Isn’t Enough
Jacksonville, Florida

Saying Thanks Isn’t Enough

What do you say to someone who loses a child for your freedom? Thank you doesn’t seem to be enough. Today is Memorial Day. The day we remember those who fought for our freedom. Some came home to their loved ones, some didn’t. This is the day we say thank you for all those service men and women who risked their lives for us. John 15:13 reads, Greater love has no one than this: to …

Relying on God
Jacksonville, Florida

Relying on God

Thursday night the electricity went out at my house. After a half hour, I called the JEA, our local electric company, to check out the status. I laughed when a recording announced the electricity would return on or about June 13 at 6:48 p.m. Wow. A whole month? I called my daughter and told her I might be moving in. Good thing for her I didn’t have to wait that long. Once it got too …