A Good Friend

Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends. You are my friends if you do what I command. I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from My Father I have made known to you.
John 15:13–15 NIV
Several years ago, Israel Houghton wrote a simple chorus. Every time I hear it, it moves me. The lyrics read,
“I am a friend of God. 
I am a friend of God. 
I am a friend of God. 
He calls me friend.”
He’s the King of Kings and He calls us friend. 
He’s the Mighty God and He calls us friend. 
He’s The Great I Am and He calls us friend.
True friendship is never based on what you know, what you have or what you do, but on who you know and who knows you.
Houghton reminds us of our value to God,

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You’re In It.

I’m not asking you to take them out of the world, but to keep them safe from the evil one. They do not belong to this world any more than I do.
John 17:15-16 NLT

Get out or get in?
Build a wall or build a bridge?
Run away or reach out?

As Jesus prayed for His followers, He asked His Father for assistance, not abandonment.  God does not remove us from the problems of existing evil. Instead, He reminds us of Read More

What Will I Be?

Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.
Romans 12:2 NLT

We all want to “fit in”.  We find out what’s trending and we follow.  Many say they want Read More

So God . . . This Is What I Want.

This foolish plan of God is wiser than the wisest of human plans, and God’s weakness is stronger than the greatest of human strength. 1 Corinthians ‭1:25‬ ‭NLT‬‬

I’ve often wondered why God doesn’t ask for my advice.

Don’t I see things that the omnipresent God can’t see? Don’t I know things that the omniscient God doesn’t know? I think I have some really good ideas (not really).

I think I know a great deal, when in reality, I know very little. The pretense of my insight and wisdom promotes my insignificance and waning. Pride effects perception. Saint Read More

It’s Not Mine

Be not afraid when a man becomes rich, when the glory of his house increases. For when he dies he will carry nothing away; his glory will not go down after him. Psalm 49:16-17 ESV

I’ve been alive for just over six decades and I still struggle with the “wealth” thing. The psalmist has the right perspective . . . we “carry nothing away”.

If we “make it” and can’t take it with us, then we must “manage it”. After all, it’s not ours, it’s His. God entrusts His resources to our care, both personal and organizational. Paul reminds the faith-walking in Corinth, “Now, a person who is put in charge as a manager must be faithful.” (1 Cor 4:2 NLT)

The writer of Hebrews tells us, “Don’t love money; be satisfied with what you have. For God has said, ‘I will never fail you. I will never abandon you.’ So we can say with confidence, ‘The Lord is my helper, so I will have no fear. What can mere people do to me?’” (Heb 13:5-6 NLT)
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A Dad’s Heart

So he returned home to his father. And while he was still a long way off, his father saw him coming. Filled with love and compassion, he ran to his son, embraced him, and kissed him. Luke 15:20 NLT

Being a dad is the hardest thing I’ve ever done.

I’ve been at this “father” thing for almost 40 years. Once I think I have a handle on it, I find that I’ve lost my grip. When I think I have arrived, I realize I’m still on a journey. Pope John XXIII says, “It is easier for a father to have children than for children to have a real father.”

Jesus’ influence and instruction created great interest to those who where not on the “inside”. Luke tells us, “Tax collectors and other notorious sinners often came to listen to Jesus teach.” (Luke 15:1 NLT). He was different, He was dynamic, and He was Read More