Mid-Month Musings

Biblical truths designed to help us live well for Jesus through the rest of the month.

  • Hope In Times That Seem Hopeless

    Like a thick fog, hopelessness seems to be descending on and blanketing our world. Surveys reveal that people these days have a pretty pessimistic view of the future. Hope is in short supply but depression is not. Of course, if their hope rests on government, financial institutions, the culture or the success of their favorite……

  • Running Away from the Faith

    Apostasy (“the willful turning away from the truth of God”) has existed in the Church from its beginning. The Apostles regularly alerted believers that this turning from the Truth would never go away, but would get worse at the end of the Church age. Paul told Timothy that “the Spirit explicitly says that in later……

  • Fret Not

    Even though there is a lot to fret about these days, King David tells us not to do that. He says, “fret not because of evildoers” (Psa. 37:1). Good advice, but then what does he know about the unending lies and corruption in the leadership of our country; what does he know about the threats……

  • Being Loyal to the Lord

    Being loyal is essential in having healthy relationships. Faithfulness to the other person is necessary for that relationship to thrive. Without loyalty, relationships quickly fall apart. I suspect that this matter of loyalty has come to my mind because of this time of year. The month of March? Yes. This is that all important time……

  • There Is More Here Than Meets The Eye

    I have been teaching the Book of Daniel and while doing so, I received a needed reminder from the pen of Daniel. In his final vision (chapters 10-12), he records the conflicts between certain nations; namely, Persia, Greece and Israel. But he reveals that behind those nations are powerful angelic (or demonic) beings. In the……

  • The Decline of the Sacred

    As our culture becomes increasingly secular, it is obvious to observant people that there are few things left that are considered sacred. And unfortunately, it seems that the church often reflects the culture in this matter. Even a mega-church pastor noted that the church has left a God-centered approach to prayer, worship, and church life,……

  • The Christmas Season and Going Home

    Unmistakably the Christmas season has arrived, making its first appearance in the middle of October (just as we were buying 435 pieces of Halloween candy for $20). It is simply not possible to ignore this time of year as everywhere our sight is filled with all things Christmas and our hearing is overwhelmed with sounds……

  • The Future of Israel in the Plans of God

    An unexpected consequence of the current Hamas-Israel war has been questions about Israel. Some Christians who have had little interest in Israel have begun to ask if Israel is important in future events; if the land belongs to Israel or to the Palestinians; even if Israel’s becoming a nation in 1948 has any biblical importance.……

  • Never Will It End Until…

    The sudden, barbaric attack on Israel by Hamas terrorists, who brutally murdered hundreds of men, women and young children has shocked much of the world. The sheer savagery of the event has been recorded on video which has allowed everyone to see this sheer evil. As Israel retaliates and Hamas keeps firing their missiles, thousands……

  • Leaders — The Few Good, the Many Bad and the Really Ugly

    Every now and then, I just stare at the TV in shocked disbelief at the ignorance, the incompetence, and the insanity of some who are called “leaders.” But none of their inadequacies masks their fundamental desire to control us common folks. We see this daily in congressional committee meetings, news releases, interviews, and proposals coming……

  • A Loyalty to God’s Word…Is It “Bibliolatry”?

    It seems that almost every day we hear of behaviors that are amazingly foolish or downright bizarre. We think that we have now seen ultimate craziness, only to be surprised by something that is even stranger. Unfortunately, this seems to be taking place in the church as well as culture. Perhaps you have heard of……

  • Not The Way It’s Supposed To Be

    Death was not a part of the original creation. Sickness and deformity were not present at the very dawn of human existence. Sin and evil are not found in God’s creative work. They are all present with us today, but that was not the way it was supposed to be. It is hard to imagine……

  • God’s Design for Marriage and Satan’s Counterfeit

    Sixty years is a long time. As we come to the middle of June, my thoughts have turned to the fact that my wife and I have been married for sixty years. Anne and I look at each other in mild disbelief, wondering if this can really be true. But in our sixtieth year, we……

  • This is Their Father’s World

    During His life and ministry here on earth, the Lord Jesus was very clear that Satan is the “ruler of this world” (John 12:31; 14:30; 16:11), and that he is a thief, murderer, and liar in whom resides no truth at all (John 8:44). And Jesus also declared that Satan is the spiritual father of……

  • Brothers and Sisters, Hang in There!

    This essentially was the repeated exhortation in the Book of Hebrews. Life was difficult and challenging for believers in the first century. As some Christians began to buckle under the pressures exerted on them by the culture, and the Evil One behind the culture, they needed a reminder of what is true. The author of……

  • Returning from Israel

    Just a couple of days ago we returned from Israel where we led a group of forty-four delightful believers through the Land of the Bible. We went to many of the usual spots around Galilee, the Dead Sea and Jerusalem. In light of this trip, it seemed good to share just a few observations with……

  • Guns in America

    The matter of guns in America continues to be front page news as almost daily there are shootings, where multiple people are killed. Added to this terrible reality is the dramatic uptick in the shootings of those in law enforcement. All this is so very painful to see and hear.        The response……

  • Are You Serious?

    What a stupid statement he just made!  That thought crosses our minds and sometimes our lips as we hear a politician, a news anchor or our neighbor say things that are clearly bizarre. And we wonder if they really believe the stuff they are saying. Surely, we think, no sane person could believe that. But……

  • Christmas: Past, Present and Future

    For many of us, there are certain things that have become part of our Christmastime routine. One of mine is that I make sure that I watch Dicken’s “Christmas Carol” with George C. Scott playing Ebenezer Scrooge. He does a masterful job of depicting the tight-fisted, grumpy Ebenezer, who was visited by three spirits in……

  • God Did Show Up for the Mid-Term Elections

    Now that the mid-term elections are over, the good news is that we are now spared the endless, caustic campaign attack ads that assaulted our minds and hearts. What a relief that we can now return instead to seeing the pharmaceutical advertisements which warn us of possible massive organ failure if we choose to take……

  • Celebrating Halloween – Should We or Should We Not?

    Perhaps it’s my background, but I never cease to be amazed how many people these days so enthusiastically celebrate Halloween. Houses are decorated with spooky graveyards, skeletons, a witch or two, and the mandatory ghosts. Eerie music and subtle lighting are added for effect. Towns will have Halloween parades and even adults get into their……

  • Is God Indifferent or Indulgent?

    I was in a store very recently where my ear drums were assaulted by the powerful screaming of a child. The decibel level was quite high and went on for quite a while. The parent apparently was unable to muffle the piercing cries of their offspring. It can be a fascinating spectacle to observe a……