Contributed on May 14, 2007
For Christians Psalm 22 is a "messianic" psalm. But when it was written many would have seen the picture of a man struggling with doubt and despair, who overcame that hopelessness by what his mother taught him.
OPEN: An anonymous son wrote the following observations about his mother. He said that: His Mother taught him LOGIC... She once asked: "If everyone else jumped off a cliff would you do it too?" His Mother taught him MEDICINE... "If you don’t stop crossing your eyes, they’re going to freeze that ...read more
Contributed on May 20, 2007
David sensed his value and purpose because he realized he was not an "accident". He was a man created in the image of God.
OPEN: In Robert Wise’s book “Your Churning Place” he tells a story about Burt Lancaster - a famous movie Star who made almost 100 movies between 1939 and 1989. But before he began working in the movies Burt Lancaster was a circus performer - a job he was fortunate to land, considering his less than ...read more
Contributed on May 27, 2007
What’s the best way to deal with suffering? In this Psalm gives us a suprising lesson and a powerful insight into God’s healing power.
OPEN: Years ago, in an old stoddy community, a new doctor came to town. It was said he could cure anything and anybody, and everyone was amazed with what he could do - everyone except for Mr. Sweeny, the town skeptic. Well, old Mr. Sweeny went to this ’miracle doctor’ to prove that he wasn’t ...read more
Contributed on Jun 4, 2007
Man has played "Hide and Seek" with God since the Garden of Eden, but God has a different game He wants us to play. Do you know what it is?
OPENING: What do you think the first game is that a child learns? For my boy Jonathan, his 1st game was "hide and seek." When he was about 1 year old he was sitting with me in the living room and had watched me put his blanket over my head and play "peek a boo." Then with a sly grin he put the ...read more
Contributed on Jun 10, 2007
Uses a Supreme Court decision to illustrate the critical nature of Scripture in our lives.
OPEN: I have a test for you this morning. I’m going to give you certain common phrases and ask you to tell me whether or not they came from Scripture. If it will make you feel any better, I had lunch with two preachers last Wednesday and they missed about half of the references… so don’t feel too ...read more
Contributed on Jun 23, 2007
What’s the key to being a successful father? In Psalm 128, there are at least three traits that can bring God’s blessing into your home.
OPEN: Proverbs 31 tells about the value of virtuous wife and mother. One woman has taken those thoughts from that chapter and applied them to her husbands and the father of her children: Who can find a virtuous man? For his worth is far above chocolate. The heart of his wife safely trusts him; ...read more
Contributed on Jun 25, 2007
There are other shepherds out there, and even the most Godly Christian struggles with making the LORD his trued shepherd. Find out why.
OPEN: In the classic novel: “Alice in Wonderland,” Alice comes to a fork in the road. One path leads one way, and the other path leads the other… and she asks the Cheshire Cat for advice: “Would you tell me please,” she asks “which way I ought to go from here?” “That depends a good deal ...read more
Contributed on Jul 2, 2007
Some scholars have said that Hezekiah started out good and then went bad. I think that’s a short sighted description of a man who was not that much different than we are.
OPEN: A man spoke of one of the most challenging courses he’d had at his college as being a business law class in which the professor gave difficult true/false tests. "During one of the more exasperating exams, I noticed another student flipping a coin. The professor approached him. ’Son are you ...read more