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A Good Reminder about a Bad Heart

In some recent studies of Exodus, I have again been impressed with the frightening capacity of the human heart to resist God. Pharaoh, ruler of Egypt and emperor of the most powerful nation of his time, is a case study which ought to be a good reminder to us all. Don’t make the mistake of supposing ... Read More

A Marriage Made for Ministry

Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her. (Ephesians 5:24) Achieving the strength and beauty of a marriage that lasts 50 years takes two people who are committed to two things: first, to serve one another and second, to grow through every circumstance ... Read More

A Pilgrimage to Secure Boundaries

“Lift your eyes now and look from the place where you are—northward, southward, eastward, and westward; for all the land which you see I give to you and your descendants forever…Arise, walk in the land through its length and its width, for I give it to you.” (Genesis 13:14b-15, 17) My visit to Israe... Read More

A Prayer

Lord God, Creator of all, Maker of my heart ... I bring it to You this morning. My heart ... which at various times has been lifted in praise to You, rejoices over Your goodness and giving to me. My heart … which also sometimes cowers in fear before people and problems—when I forget You are bigger t... Read More

A Test of Commitment

Maybe it was a legalistic pressure point imposed upon me by some churchiness to which I was exposed in my upbringing, but carrying one’s Bible always was important. We had Sunday school awards and point systems that scored you higher if you had your own Bible with you. In church, a Bible in the hymn... Read More

About Astrology

Recently a local television reporter asked me by telephone to state my position on astrology, "as a Christian and as pastor of one of Los Angeles' well-known churches." That conversation reminded me of the necessity for everyone to have a basic understanding of the subject, hence: 1) The Bible not o... Read More

An Epitaph

Luanne, my sister, went home last Sunday. Jesus met her at 11:30 in the morning, while I was preaching the third service on “The God Who Works in the Dark.” Beside her bed, just a few blocks from my pulpit, my father and mother had bowed a few hours before. Father, she’s Yours. We release her into y... Read More

Are Earthquakes Natural Disasters or the Result of Judgment for Sin?

There are three assignments every believer has: (1) to show forth good works (Matt. 5:16); (2) to shine forth a clear witness (I Peter 3:15); and (3) to sustain a life of effective, spiritually impacting prayer (Romans 8:26-28). In the aftermath of any earthquake,each of us need to have our souls se... Read More

Behold the Living God

Behold the living God who moves among us now. The Lord of all creation comes with one eternal vow. To those who humbly seek Him, who deep contrition feel, By His own loving power He will Himself reveal. Behold the Word of God, declared in Spirit power; Ignited by the Holy Ghost, its pages glow this ... Read More

Divine Adjustments

I don’t know anything about watches or clocks. I’m even mystified by the mechanics I have to go through on a thirty-day month to get my stem-wound calendar watch advanced to where the date and day are both correct. But I do know that “balance,” “adjustment,” and “good timing” are three clock-talk te... Read More

Does God Exist?

Does God exist? The simple answer is YES. But, who is He and how do we find Him? Please take a moment and read what follows. It may change your life. Approximately, two thousand years ago Jesus said: “Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are ma... Read More

How God Evaluates Worship

In my experience, theological discussions about worship tend to focus on the cerebral, not the visceral—on the mind, not the heart. "True" worship, we are often taught, is more about the mind thinking right about God (using theologically correct language and liturgy), rather than the heart's hunger ... Read More

Love Is God's Light in the Darkness

… the darkness is passing away, and the true light is already shining. He who says he is in the light, and hates his brother, is in darkness until now. He who loves his brother abides in the light, and there is no cause for stumbling in him. But he who hates his brother is in darkness and walks in d... Read More

Making Your Home a Worship Center

As biblical, stimulating, and renewing as worship with the assembly is, God wants your home to be a center of worship as well. How does that happen? Allow me to offer a few practical guidelines to enhance the spiritual atmosphere where you live. Kneel. Yes, Kneel! Kneeling is an acknowledged point o... Read More

Mandatory Nine-Count

I can't number the times I have wished God would hurry up...with an answer to my prayer...with a bailout in the middle of my muddle...with a fresh sense of His working in my life. But there is one well-established principle in the Scriptures, and it is dramatically demonstrated in Jesus' experience.... Read More

On a Rock in a Hard Place

We stood on a little bridge spanning the trickling creek. The calm flow of water in late September in no way resembled the surgings and torrents that gush through that site when the spring thaws come to Yosemite. Looking downstream, Anna and I observed the mighty boulders scattered along the length ... Read More

On Casual Conversation

Recently I found myself trapped by my own self-consciousness. Wrapped in a pleasant circle of friends, I was relishing conversation over several subjects which naturally came up. It was all rather trivial, but adequately profitable. I didn’t feel I was wasting time, and I didn't feel for one moment ... Read More

Peace and Vigilance

The communist empire around the world may be crumbling, but at least one Marxist state in Asia has yet to get the message. I've just returned from a visit to Panmunjom—scene of the signing of the armistice between North and South Korea in July, 1953. The elaborate military installation which continu... Read More

Praise Is Your Pathway

Many times the best way to be certain of the direction you're going is to look back and see where you've been. Periodically, over the years, the Lord presses specific points upon us—points of truth He seeks us to acknowledge in the ongoing pattern of life. It is to these we turn, as to milestone mar... Read More

Profit, Property, and Possessiveness

"Then one from the crowd said to Him, 'Teacher, tell my brother to divide the inheritance with me.' But He said to him, 'Man, who made Me a judge or an arbitrator over you?' And He said to them, 'Take heed and beware of covetousness, for one's life does not consist in the abundance of the things he ... Read More

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