A Glimpse of Heaven

Thank you again for your encouragement as I traveled back to Europe to lead the 2014 Summer Assembly for the International Baptist Convention. It was a lingering commitment that I joyfully completed. The scene was amazing–believers gathered from all over the world, coming together to praise God and study his word. One night our worship… Read More ›

Settling In

As I continue to learn my way around and discover the nooks and crannies of the church building, I am thankful for the peace that comes from knowing I am where God has planted me, I am where he wants me to be. I look forward to using the blog in the future as an… Read More ›

A View from the Balcony

Lessons from Rocks, Water, and People: The Holy Land  It was a trip of a lifetime.   I’m glad I did it.  I’m not sure I’ll go back.  After a week and a half of recovering from the red eye flights to Israel and back, plus nine full days of visiting sites,  I’ll try to assess my gleanings: 1.       I learned… Read More ›

Witness

Growing up in the church, I have heard a lot of people talk about how Christians need to be out in the world “witnessing”.  That’s one of those churchy words:  witnessing.  Usually, what that has meant is telling the world that they need Jesus.  Churches and publishing companies have developed whole programs and written numerous… Read More ›

Trees

I never noticed until this week that the Bible ends where it began:  at a tree. Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, bright as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb through the middle of the street of the city.  On either side of the… Read More ›

Fighting the Good Fight

“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.” – 2 Timothy 4:7 “When people speak of great men, they think of men like Napoleon – men of violence. Rarely do they think of peaceful men. But contrast the reception they will receive when they return home from… Read More ›

Resolution & Resolve

As they left the council, they rejoiced that they were considered worthy to suffer dishonor for the sake of the name.  And every day in the temple and at home they did not cease to teach and proclaim Jesus as the Messiah (Acts 5:41-42). A resolution has been proposed in the N.C. legislature that would… Read More ›

Gone Fishin’

When my brother and I were kids, our dad would take us out to a friend’s house to go fishing.  The house had once been a hunters’ club lodge and was set right next to a private lake.  We would get up early in the morning, fish for a few hours, swim in the lake… Read More ›

The Time Has Come

“There’s smoke!” These words, in most cases, would be words of caution and warning.  Yesterday, these words were words of celebration for the thousands gathered in Vatican City, awaiting the announcement of who the next pope would be.  Ever since the white smoke appeared and the cardinals announces Pope Francis I, the question that has… Read More ›

Your Identity is the Most Beautiful Thing There Is

The following article comes from “The Story” resource material.  It is entitled “Your Identity is the Most Beautiful Thing There Is”.  The author is unknown. Imagine living your life with a false identity.  That’s what happened to Francisco Madariaga Quintela.[1] Just over 30 years ago his mother Sylvia was kidnapped by Argentine security forces.  Her… Read More ›