Whoever loves God must also love his brother and sister

Whoever loves God must also love his brother and sister.  That’s not from me.  It’s from the Bible.  Certainly, non-Christians might feel no obligation to obey it.  But if we’re Christian, it’s not a suggestion.  It’s not just a “nice” thing to think about.  It’s a command!  And there aren’t any exceptions to go with it.  In case you’re wondering, or even if you’re not, that includes our “brothers and sisters” from another country.  Again, Jesus gives no exceptions.

children - brothers and sisters

Why do you stand here looking into the sky? Do something!

Why do you stand here looking into the sky?  If you’re a wolf in the snow, you’re looking for clear sky.  Or maybe just like to howl at the moon. If you’re a Christian, then this question is for you. Actually, this question was for you.  It was asked a couple thousand years ago.  And it’s still as valid now as it was then. And the point was/is – do something!

Why do you stand here looking into the sky? Do something!

Follow the money – Judas and the thirty pieces of silver

Let’s continue our investigation into the circumstances around Judas’ death. This time, we focus on Judas and the thirty pieces of silver. We’ll follow the money. Who had the silver? When did they transfer from one person to another? And why? The “why” turns out to be incredibly important because it will define the “who”. Confused? Read on. It’ll all become clear.

follow the money - Judas and the thirty pieces of silver

Lithium and energy independence. Will God’s creation be destroyed again?

Deep in the Southern California desert, a massive drill rig taps into what could be the energy of the future. That’s the opening line from an NBC News article. But my question isn’t just about lithium and energy independence. No. I want to ask if, yet again, will God’s creation be destroyed in our rush to get that independence. In other words, are we ruling over the earth, or are our desires ruling over us?

Lithium and energy independence. Will God’s creation be destroyed again?
Let’s be honest here. We don’t exactly have a good track record on this kind of stuff.

Lithium and energy independence. Will God's creation be destroyed again?

Do Christians know who is poor?

The Bible says we should care for the poor. But do Christians know who is poor? I always thought, for the most part, it was pretty obvious who was poor and who was rich. Maybe the middle is hard to determine, but the rich and the poor? I didn’t think so. Then I read something this morning. It totally blew me away. Shocking.

Do Christians know who is poor?

Why doesn’t the COVID pandemic make people more loving?

Is COVID making us more loving? Or more hating?  That question came to mind when I first wrote this in August 2020.  But now, in January 2022, I must change the question to Why doesn’t the COVID pandemic make people more loving? It’s sad to do that. And I know that in some cases it does make people more loving. But I can’t help but wonder, why doesn’t it happen to a much larger extent?

Why doesn't the COVID pandemic make people more loving?

Is Hell on earth a real thing?

We talk about something being Hell on earth.  But is this really it?  But before we got there, let’s see what Hell means.  Of course, it’s about the devil, Satan, being in charge.  And everything happens his way.  That’s what being in charge is about, right?  And one other thing.  For those of you that believe in God, He’s not there.

Is hell on earth a real thing

Do you make Jesus pray in vain?

Do you make Jesus pray in vain?  If you’re like me, the answer’s yes.  Way too often.

What do I mean?

Lk 22:31 “Simon, Simon, Satan has asked to sift you as wheat. 32 But I have prayed for you, Simon, that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned back, strengthen your brothers.”

Satan is the accuser.  He’s out to destroy all of us.  With Jesus praying for us, how can Satan ever win?

Unfortunately, the answer is – all too often.

Do you make Jesus pray in vain?

Active surveillance for cancer again. Help me overcome my unbelief.

So, it begins again. I started active surveillance for prostate cancer early in 2020. Now, two years later, after surgery for removal became necessary, I’m in active surveillance for cancer again. We’ll get to how that happened in a moment. For today though, after going from surveillance to surgery and back to active surveillance, I can’t help but think about the guy in Mark’s Gospel who asked Jesus, “help me overcome my unbelief”.

Active surveillance for cancer again. Help me overcome my unbelief.
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