“God, be merciful to me, a sinner!”

November 14, 2014. “He also told this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and treated others with contempt: “Two men went up into the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee, standing by himself, prayed thus: ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other men, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or…

Unity through humility.

September 14, 2014. “So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind.” (Philippians 2:1-2) I dream of a day when all Christians are unified under one…

5 Practical ways to be sacrificial/humble.

July 22, 2014. I’ve been thinking about a certain topic for a while now and I have heard some lessons recently on sacrifice, humility and how Christians should act with the people around them, so I have decided to suggest some practical ways of thinking and looking at situations that might help you and I…

Is it fair?

July 11, 2014. Today I want to talk a little bit about fairness. We all have an almost innate sense of fair. Actually, I would call it innate, or what C.S. Lewis would call moral law. If we take an honestly look at a situation, we understand what treating someone with fairness means, at least…

Religion and politics.

July 2, 2014. There are two things that people say you shouldn’t discuss at the dinner table, religion and politics. But what about another question: do religion and politics mix? Obviously this is a rather general question that has many different situations in which the answer might be different, but this question came up in…

The devastation of pride.

May 20, 2014. This trip already seems like it is flying by. I’m trying to savor the moments, but as is with all good times, they seem to be quickly fleeting. I cannot say enough about the people here in the church. We have been more than taken care of daily. They know how to…

A lesson from the past, part 2.

January 14, 2014. Yesterday we examined a lesson from history as we saw great kings of Judah rise and fall, beginning their reign with a good relationship with the Almighty, yet ending it by forsaking the Lord. Today we will look at one story in II Chronicles that does the exact opposite in effort to…