WHEN YOU PRAY, SAY… Then He said to them, “When you pray, say, ‘Father, hallowed be your name; your kingdom come. Give us each day our daily bread. Forgive us our sins for we also forgive everyone who sins against us. And lead us not into temptation.’” Luke 11:2-4. I wonder how well the disciples understood what Jesus was teaching …Continue reading →


ISRAEL’S “BILLY GRAHAM” “When crowds of people came out for baptism because it was the popular thing to do, John exploded: ‘Brood of snakes! What do you think you’re doing slithering down here to the river? Do you think a little water on your snakeskin is going to deflect God’s judgment? It’s your life that must change, not your skin. …Continue reading →


As a father has compassion on his children, so the Lord has compassion on those who fear Him (Psa. 103:13) I wonder how true this metaphor is in today’s world. Not only do we live in a fatherless world where many men beget children but take no responsibility for them, but where many children suffer at the hands of fatherless …Continue reading →


I remember the day I fetched Molly from the breeder. She wasn’t actually my first choice. I was given a Yorkshire terrier puppy as a farewell gift when I left the church and my role as pastoral assistant to move to another city. Tosca, my Yorkie, was six weeks old. After her first night, when she missed her mother and …Continue reading →


It amazes me how life lessons can be found in simple things. Take Molly and me, for example. As I mentioned in my last post, Molly is my thirteen-month-old, strawberry dapple miniature dachshund – a fancy title for a cute, mischievous, energetic, adoring and adorable little sausage dog. She has taught me much about worship, not the faulty, fickle and …Continue reading →


I have a dog. A miniature dachshund named Molly. She’s a strawberry dapple, one year old, with the cutest face and the loudest bark ever – for a small dog. She is very brave as long as “Mom” is around, but runs for cover at any unusual sound or disturbance. She is happy and good as long as Mom is …Continue reading →

Our Fellowship Is With The Father

OUR FELLOWSHIP IS WITH THE FATHER We proclaim to you what we have seen and heard, so that you may also have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with His Son, Jesus Christ. We write this to make our joy complete. (1 John 1: 3-4) John makes it clear from the start that he was …Continue reading →

No Thumb-suck

NO THUMB-SUCK The life appeared; we have seen it and testify to it, and we proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and has appeared to us. (1 John 1: 2) This was no thumb-suck. John was proclaiming to his readers what had actually happened. What if John were making it up as he went along? …Continue reading →

Learning To Be A Son – Chapter Thirteen – Lest We Forget

LEARNING TO BE A SON CHAPTER THIRTEEN LEST WE FORGET Fellowship with God as His sons and daughters can lead to problems if we forget who our Father is. We must beware that intimacy with God does not become familiarity which borders on disrespect for who He is and contempt for His word. Moses had problems in the Israelite camp …Continue reading →

Learning To Be A Son – Chapter Eleven – The Father’s Business

LEARNING TO BE A SON CHAPTER ELEVEN THE FATHER’S BUSINESS At the age of twelve, Jesus already knew that He was about the Father. His sojourn in the temple after His parents had set off home, had left the religious sages amazed at His understanding and His questions. From the beginning of time, God was writing His story, and regardless …Continue reading →