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December 8th 2017
On Sunday, Northside Church of the Nazarene will read together Isaiah 61:1-3. “The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn, and pro
December 4th 2017
I wrote a devotional last week on the ongoing sexual harassment scandals in the news. There are well-meaning Christians who are saying in response to these scandals that we should not judge because we have all sinned. They often use the words of Jesus in Matthew seven telling us that we will be judged with the same manner that we judge others and his hyperbolic illustration about getting the plank out of our eye before we call attention to the speck in ano
November 30th 2017
Like everyone else, I have been paying attention to the ongoing reports of high profile men being brought down by sexual harassment allegations. This morning as I drove to the office I heard another report by NBC which included Matt Lauer’s apology. The words of the female reporter that caught my attention were he apparently engaged in “a pattern of misconduct.” Some seem to be a surprise that sin/misconduct would be a patte
November 24th 2017
This morning my devotions were in Matthew 9. In this chapter Jesus healed many people; a paralyzed man, a dead girl, a woman who constantly bled and He also healed Matthew, not of a physical sickness but from spiritual sickness. Right after Matthew left his tax collector post and began to follow Jesus, John the Baptist’s disciples came to Jesus and ask him why the disciples didn’t hold the traditional fasts like they did and even the Pharisees did. They mi
November 24th 2017
I read Psalm 119 this morning and it challenged me to choose joy. Listen to the opening two verses; “Joyful are people of integrity, who follow the instructions of the Lord. Joyful are those who obey his laws and search for him with all their heart.” Those who follow God’s plan are filled with joy because they choose to follow God’s plan. Listen to the instruction about joy in verses 111 and 143, “Your statutes are my heritage forever
November 14th 2017
In less than two weeks we will celebrate Thanksgiving. We often take time to consider what we are thankful for and that is a worthwhile exercise. Generally, we make lists of things like health, business, education, athletic success and other positive things that we have experienced in the past year. We almost never list things like health troubles, business setbacks, trials and temptations. In James one we are instructed to do just that. Listen to
November 12th 2017
This is the title of the message I am working on for Sunday. Everyday we are faced with trials and temptations which are a test to see if we will choose the attitude of Christ or the attitude of the world inspired by Satan. These tests sometimes take the form of significant events like a hurricane or a shooting, but more often than not they come in the form of an annoying person who says something that hurts or gets under our skin.
November 9th 2017
Like many other churches we are reevaluating our safety protocols in light of the shooting in Sutherland Springs, TX. I believe it is a Biblical imperative that we do all we can to to provide a safe gathering place. As we talk about escape routes, locking and watching doors and have ushers carrying concealed weapons for adequate protection, there is another concern I have. I am concerned that the church will hunker dow
November 9th 2017
Because of all the tragedies in our world lately, I have been reflecting on why bad things happen to good godly people. I preached on Job yesterday and I read this morning from 2 Corinthians 12:7-9 about Paul’s struggle with pain. Listen to his words, “So to keep me from becoming proud, I was given a thorn in my flesh, a messenger from Satan to torment me and keep me from becoming proud. Three different times I begged the Lord to tak
November 7th 2017
Listen to these words from 1 Peter 3:10-12. "If you want to enjoy life and see many happy days, keep your tongue from speaking evil and your lips from telling lies. Turn away from evil and do good. Search for peace, and work to maintain it. The eyes of the Lord watch over those who do right, and his ears are open to their prayers. But the Lord turns his face against those who do evil.” These verses give us a key to happiness in this l