June 30, 2019

This morning I have fresh on my mind an interaction between me and three people down at the city square last night. For quite some time I talked to a woman named Melissa and we had a wonderful conversation. I got to hear a little bit about her life and we were able to talk about faith. Then a man named Michael came over and he joined into the conversation. Again, we had a wonderful conversation as well. I g...

June 29, 2019

Last night we went out to the square in downtown Stevens Point to share the gospel with our community.  It was there that I got to meet a couple people with whom we had many wonderful conversations.  

My new friend told me at one point that one of her greatest motivations right now to make good choices is her two sons.  She says that she leaves their  pictures in her phone and she looks at them oft...

June 28, 2019

"'You know how to interpret the appearance of the sky, but you cannot interpret the signs of the times.  An evil and adulterous generation seeks for a sign, but no sign will be given to it except the sign of Jonah.'"  Matthew 16:4

It has not been a good showing for the Pharisees, Saducees and the scribes in the Matthew 15 and 16.  In chapter 15 some of them came from Jerusalem and took an offense at Jes...

June 27, 2019

"I think it right, as long as I am in this body, to stir you up by way of reminder. Since I know that the putting off of my body will be soon, as our Lord Jesus Christ made clear to me. And I will make every effort so that after my departure you may be able to add any time recall these things." 2 Peter 1:13-15

I can think of no greater trial than to lay down ones life for Christ.   That was exactly what Pete...

June 27, 2019

"My steps have held fast to your paths; my feet have not slipped." Psalm 17:5

What an accomplishment David speaks of here.  To slip is to face great peril.  Let me ask you a question.  Does this verse acknowledge grace or point to David himself?   What do you see in this verse?  

In the verses leading up to these words it would be easy to say this speaks of David's accomplishment.  In vers...

June 27, 2019

Psalm 17:10 - "They close their hearts to pity; with their mouths they speak arrogantly."

Let me make four observations concerning this verse.  First, consider the somberness of this verse.  It says, "They close their hearts...".  They do this themselves.  We do this to ourselves.   Our hands and our hearts labor to do this.  

Often when our sinful heart is exposed we blame our circum...

June 27, 2019

"Then the disciples came and said to Jesus, 'Do you know that the Pharisees were offended when they heard this saying?'" Matthew 15:12

This chapter seems to prepare us for the inevitability of four things.  It prepares us to know that at some point Jesus will offend us, His words will offend us, His disciples can be offended by others or His disciples will offend other people. When this happens, and it will,...

June 27, 2019

"I love you, O Lord, my strength.  The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliver, my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold."    Psalm 18:1-2

David's love for the Lord was closely connected to the strength that the Lord provided to him.   I will admit that these words catch my attention as I have discovered recently how little I truly depend...

June 27, 2019

Proverbs 17:4 "An evildoer listens to wicked lips, and a liar gives ear to a mischievous tongue."

We live at a time when there are words being spoken from all angles.  If ten people are placed in a room there would be just as many opinions on any given topic.  Therefore, the need for a Christian to be discerning has never been more necessary than it is right now.  The need to recognize truth should be of par...

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