It Happens in a Blink
Jacksonville, Florida

It Happens in a Blink

This blog is for anyone who has gone through a tragedy like the people in the South last week. You never know what tomorrow, or even the next minute might hold in your life. Just ask the people who survived the tornadoes. It’s just more proof you need to get your house in order, both financially and spiritually. The tornadoes came through and ripped apart peoples’ lives without much warning. It’s easy for me to …

How Far Would You Go?
Jacksonville, Florida

How Far Would You Go?

How much suffering would you go through for a million dollars? Would you eat a cockroach? You might for five million. What if you had to suffer through the loss of a loved one? How much suffering would you be willing to go through for God’s blessing, if you didn’t know what that blessing would be? It could be the five million dollars or a car that doesn’t break down on the highway. It’s funny …

God Knows What You Need
Jacksonville, Florida

God Knows What You Need

Sunday before last started out as not one of my better days. My sciatica acted up ten minutes before leaving for church. When I stood up, pain shot through my left leg, and I couldn’t walk. It finally subsided but I became flustered because now I was late. Once at church, I pulled crooked into a parking space. The one ahead of me sat empty, but in order to get to it, I had to …

What are You Basing Your Hope On?
Jacksonville, Florida

What are You Basing Your Hope On?

My pastor just finished up a three week sermon on The Apostles’ Creed. For those of you who don’t know it, the Apostles’ Creed is: I believe in God, the Father Almighty, the Creator of heaven and earth, and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord: Who was conceived of the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended into hell. The third …

Save the life of a single man
Jacksonville, Florida

Save the life of a single man

A few years ago Duke University Medical Center discovered that women who attend church at least once a week tend to live longer. Men who attend church have better marriages and are happier than single men. God wants us to gather together. He knew that support of other Christians was healthy for us. If it’s a Christian based church, not a man based church, God will make his presence known. Matthew 18:20 reads For where …

Is he or isn’t he?
Jacksonville, Florida

Is he or isn’t he?

Chad Holtz brought controversy among evangelical Christians with his book Love Wins: “A Book About Heaven, Hell, and the Fate of Every Person Who Ever Lived. He couldn’t fathom the idea that even the most peaceful human had to spend eternity in hell just because he didn’t claim Jesus as his Lord. Mr. Holtz was startled one day when at a Christian art show, someone wrote beneath the quote of Mahatma Gandhi, “Reality check: He’s …

Hating to be Hated
Jacksonville, Florida

Hating to be Hated

Everyone wants to be liked. Most people would love to be popular. But does it seem that since you’ve become a Christian, friends have turned against you? People give a snide look when they discover you go to church. That’s okay, Beth Moore has people who attack her. I’m sure even Billy Graham has his detractors. In Matthew 5:10 it reads Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom …

Feeling the love?
Jacksonville, Florida

Feeling the love?

Have you ever felt that flutter inside your stomach that says someone loves you? You read about it all the time in romance books, but are the warm fuzzies real? I can honestly say it was only in the last couple of years that I felt it. There wasn’t a lot of love in my house when I was growing up. We put the “dys” in dysfunctional. Later when my ex-husband said it, I always …

Who’s That Sitting Beside You?
Jacksonville, Florida

Who’s That Sitting Beside You?

Would you recognize Jesus if he appeared to you in a dream? What if he walked straight up to you on the street? When Jesus first appeared, He was snubbed, ridiculed, and hung from a cross. The powers that be didn’t want to believe He was the Son of God. Would you be one of the people who scoffed? How do you know that man you bumped into at the store wasn’t Jesus? If he …

What Do You Do When No One’s Watching?
Jacksonville, Florida

What Do You Do When No One’s Watching?

We’re going to try an experiment this week. I want you to write down every sin you do. Whether it’s giving a hand gesture while stuck in traffic, or using foul language, or worse. On Sunday I want you to show it to one of your good church friends. No way, you say. That’s okay. I just wanted to prove a point. We have a habit of acting different in front of our church friends …