Worldwide Suffering is a Sin Problem, not a God Problem

Recently I was in a discussion with some men about suffering in the world and God’s role in that suffering.  Those of us who claim to know God through Jesus Christ and to love and serve Him will inevitably be posed with the question, “If God is love, then why does He allow suffering?”  There are many different types of suffering.  Some suffering is actually brought on by God.  1 Peter 5:19 says, “Therefore, let those who suffer according to the will of God commit their souls to Him in doing good, as to a faithful Creator”  God often allows […]

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When Good Prophets Go Bad

One of the things that drives me crazy is when I hear false teaching coming from the mouths of those who profess to know God.  I’m not talking about minor things or things that are really open to interpretation, but rather fundamental, foundational truths that God presents in His word which are perverted, twisted or ignored. It pains me deeply to see so many people who are led astray, people who never read the Bible for themselves but who blindly follow what they hear.  Those who teach falsehood often have a title or a designation which indicates authority or knowledge. […]

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How’s Your Walk?

The book of Hosea in the Old Testament ends with the following verse:  Who is wise?  Let him understand these things.  Who is prudent?  Let him know them.  For the ways of the Lord are right; The righteous walk in them, But transgressors stumble in them.  I confess to not knowing much about the prophet Hosea.  I do know that he was commanded by God to marry a prostitute which is pretty weird in and of itself.  God used Hosea’s marriage to illustrate to the nation of Israel their own harlotry as they chased after other gods.  He showed them through Hosea that God would be faithful to […]

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How Are We Like a Leaf?

Don’t worry…this post is not going to be some sappy poem (sorry about the pun there).  I tend to like to make rhymes but have never written any serious poetry.  But as I’m looking out my windows this morning I’m noticing that the leaves are changing and pretty colors are abounding.  No, the view below is not outside of my house 🙂   I think that most of you know that as the days grow shorter and the amount of sunlight decreases, there is not enough light or water for photosynthesis. The trees begin to rest and shut down their […]

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How Bad Is Sin….Really?

Each day I read “My Utmost for His Highest”, a daily devotional by a man named Oswald Chambers.  Chambers doesn’t write for the “faint of heart”.  He pretty much tells it like it is and doesn’t really care if you like it or not.  That was the way he preached and that was the way that he wrote.  If you are looking for a daily devotional, I highly recommend it.  You can find it at utmost.org.  Here is the beginning of today’s devotional: “Sin is a fundamental relationship— it is not wrong doing, but wrong being— it is deliberate and determined independence […]

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Does God Vote?

Tis the season for politics and commercials, and commercials, and commercials and ……commercials.  Most of them contain some grain of truth but like supermarket tabloids, stretch the truth into incredulity.  But we endure them until the first Tuesday in November.  By the way, to my NY friends who read this blog, there are not nearly as many candidate signs on the grass here as there are in NY.  For those of you in PA, by now, the “Vote for…..” signs that are stuck in the grass are literally so numerous in NY  that they look like dandelions in the Spring. […]

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My New “To Do” List

Are you a “to do” list person?  I am.  I write down on a piece of paper each day things that come to my mind that I know that I need to do.  Then I scratch through the things that I’ve done while adding to the list on the bottom….hopefully soon I can do this on my new iPhone and save the paper..well, I won’t actually write on the screen of the phone but you get my drift…This morning I was strongly impressed by the following “to do” list in Romans chapter 12.  My Bible has this passage under the […]

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True Peace is Found in Jesus

Have you ever seen the bumper sticker which says, “Know Jesus, Know Peace…No Jesus, No Peace”?  I think this sticker is right on the money.  Today I was reading in Isaiah 56-58 and in part of this passage Isaiah is contrasting the life of the wicked versus the life of the godly.  Here is a portion of what he says about the wicked:  But the wicked are like the troubled sea, When it cannot rest, Whose waters cast up mire and dirt.  21 “There is no peace,” Says my God, “for the wicked.”  (Isaiah 57:20-21)  I know that we don’t have a lot of “coastline” in central […]

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What Do We Really “Own”?

On Friday Janet and I became the legal “owners” of 126 Conley Rd. in Mifflinburg.  Since we’ve not sold our house in NY, we get the “privilege” of paying real estate taxes in two states….so glad to do my part!  If you’ve purchased a house recently you know that at least two trees have to give their lives for all the paper that you have to sign, almost none of which you are given time to read before signing.  But that’s not my point… My point today is on the word “ownership”.  We seem to be very concerned about owning […]

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“All the Breaks” Doesn’t Guarantee “Success”

When we read the news online or if you still read the newspaper, it seems like there are people out there who seem to get “all the breaks”.  They are born with the silver spoon in their mouth or because of their beauty, riches, or athletic ability, they get everything handed to them.  Even when they make a mistake, others seem willing to quickly forget about it or to cover for them.  This may be true from a worldly standpoint but in God’s eyes, having “all the breaks” doesn’t guarantee success.  Paul writes in Romans 9 about his love for […]

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