Essential Worship Requires Clarity

Lift the signal from the noise.  Take a step back.  Breathe. Think about first things and your top priority: Worship of God through Christ Jesus.  The battle is His.  The battle is His, but the battle is also very real.  Look to Jesus.  When Jesus was confronted with the devil’s temptation to lose focus and […]

October 17, 2020 in Articles and Devotionals, Devotionals by

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Essential Worship Flows from Being Created

When we recognize that we are created beings—an essential part of understanding our identity—we can engage in essential worship of God. You know, I grieve a culture that teaches critical race theory or says I have some “white privilege” of which I must repent or kneel or wear like a scarlet letter “W”, as I […]

October 7, 2020 in Articles and Devotionals, Devotionals by

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Essential as Created

What do COVID-19, Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s recent passing, and President Trump’s being admitted to Walter Reed “out of an abundance of caution” have in common?  They all point to one plank in the theology I hold dear.It’s summed up in Isaiah 5:5-9.  “I am the LORD, and there is no other; apart from […]

October 3, 2020 in Articles and Devotionals, Devotionals by

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Essential Character

In his “I Have Dream” speech, Reverend Martin Luther King said “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character. I have a dream today!” I can only imagine […]

September 20, 2020 in Articles and Devotionals, Devotionals by

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Essential Discernment

Jesus warned us.  “Watch out that you are not deceived” (Luke 21:8).  Wake up, Christian.  Who are you following? Who is it torching buildings and throwing frozen water bottles at the heads of police and passersby?  Who is it drop-kicking toddlers, punching the unsuspecting elderly with their walkers, assassinating political rivals point blank and in […]

September 12, 2020 in Articles and Devotionals, Devotionals by

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Essential Action of Obedience

Have you ever thought about how much death and violence could be prevented in recent days if someone had just embraced the actions of obedience to God-given authorities in every realm of their lives?  A police officer pulls someone over.  Hands on the wheel.  Yes, sir.  Do you have a weapon? Yes, sir, I have […]

September 7, 2020 in Articles and Devotionals, Devotionals by

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Essential Faith

It is hard to talk about essentials without acknowledging that our faith in God’s existence and our assurance of His activity…not passivity…in our lives matters.  This is essential for us because it’s impossible to please God without it.  But you don’t have to take my word for it.  Scripture tells us that “Without faith it […]

August 30, 2020 in Articles and Devotionals, Devotionals by

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Essential is More than Just a Word

We’re in the thick of election season.  (Wow, Barb, I hadn’t noticed.  Maybe I should log onto Twitter and see what people think and then count how many awful things people can say to one another.)  It’d be easy to want to tune it all out.  But it would have to be for the rest […]

August 26, 2020 in Articles and Devotionals, Devotionals by

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Essential Matters

Hey, are any besides me still trying to regain their bearings in a post-COVID world?  Many of you are dealing with the same types of restrictions, having the same types of thoughts, and what I really want to know is what people think of masks and hydroxychloroquine.  (Just joking of the “really want” part.)  Opinions […]

August 23, 2020 in Articles and Devotionals, Devotionals by

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Positive Lessons from Coronavirus for Business

The coronavirus has devastated businesses- large and small- which are core to the US and global economies. Everyone has felt the pain on a consumption level. We cannot shop like we once did, and for some, that means panic and hoarding. Some people have been insulated from pain on their income earning–for example, hedge fund […]

May 17, 2020 in Articles and Devotionals, Devotionals by

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