Speaking the Truth in Love

Church Blog (Page 32)

Hidden under the Woodpile

As the story goes, a little boy and his older sister were spending two weeks of the summer vacation at their grandparents’ country home. When the boy complained of having nothing to do, his grandpa bought him a slingshot. The child had a wonderful time with the new weapon, firing away at fence posts, trees,…

Three Golden Gates

When I was a boy, my parents purchased a series of instructional film strips for Christian teens. One film, in particular, made an indelible impression on my young mind. Its narrator emphasized that every word spoken by a believer must pass through “three golden gates” before being said aloud. These three gates were truth, kindness,…

Three Days and Three Nights?

When the Pharisees and scribes ask Jesus for a sign, he answers that “an evil and adulterous generation seeks a sign; but no sign shall be given to it except the sign of the prophet Jonah. For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the whale [or “great fish”], so…

The Happiest People

A typical greeting card includes an imparted wish for happiness in the coming year. Many people, though, don’t know how to be happy. Every year they tramp along in the same old rutted road of self-pity and discontent. But it doesn’t have to be this way. According to researcher Dr. Martin Seligman, author of Authentic…

Swimming in the Muck

On a religious radio program aired several years ago, a woman described her father in the following way: “I know my father is saved. I know he’s going to heaven. He is a very arrogant person, though. My parents divorced when I was an infant, and he has had little to do with me since…

Sunday Is Coming

[Since some of us want a copy of the short piece shared in my morning message on April 5, it is given below. The reading (which I have modified somewhat) comes from a sermon presented by S. M. Lockridge.] It’s Friday. Jesus is praying. Peter is sleeping. Judas is betraying. The council is conspiring. The…

The Sun Is Still Shining

America’s moral strength is waning fast, a point that disturbs our sensible citizens. However, the U.S. economy remains strong, and the military is the best in the world. As long as the sun is still rising and setting, as long as life goes on as usual, most people will eventually accept the morality meltdown and…

Neither Sun nor Stars

The apostle Paul was a prisoner on a large ship headed for Rome. But a violent storm had driven the vessel off course and was threatening the lives of the 276 persons on board. Luke, one of the travelers, recorded that “neither sun nor stars appeared for many a day” (Acts 27:20). A cold and…

Have I Slandered the Spirit?

At some point in his or her Christian experience, a tenderhearted disciple (especially a person battling anxiety) is apt to worry about the Lord’s denunciation of blasphemy against the Holy Spirit. Have I committed this grievous error? Am I guilty of an “eternal sin”? One day Jesus healed a blind and mute man possessed by…

The Silent Treatment

Marital conflict is inevitable. Disagreements arise because spouses have differing perspectives, needs, preferences, desires. Even happily married couples rub each other the wrong way, but they try to avoid the blunders that make marital friction worse. One of these mistakes is “the silent treatment.” When hurt or angry, some spouses (usually husbands) withdraw. They may…