On Vacations and How “Rest” is Hard Work

A Northwest Airlines McDonnell Douglas DC-10-30

(The following is a reprint from a Pastor’s Note to my congregation.) “Thus the heavens and the earth were completed, and all their hosts. And by the seventh day God completed His work which He had done; and He rested.” (Genesis 2:1-2a) Well, my vacation starts in just about an hour and a half this [...]

10 Mistakes People Make with Grief (plus 1 bonus)

Grieving Family at Grave Site

Lightning fast read meant to make you think… 10 Mistakes People Make with Grief (plus 1 bonus): 1. Are too proud to admit they are grieving (after all, we’re supposed to buck up, aren’t we?). 2. Forget that grief can be healed (it takes time). (Psalm 30:11; Matthew 5:4) 3. Overlook the process of grief [...]

Weeping Over the Horrors of Hell

The parable of the rich man in hell by James Tissot

“‘And in hell [the rich man] lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom. And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am [...]

Hall of Fame Tweets (Volume 26)

Twitter Bird

Here are some popular tweets you may have missed from the A Heart For God Twitter site… RT @LifeNewsHQ: Beautiful Photo of Noah, Miscarried at 12 Weeks, Shows Unborn Baby’s Humanity http://t.co/Lh1KgOCQCq pic.twitter.com/e8gzEncRM9 — aheartforgod (@aheartforgod) July 12, 2015 If you want to go to Heaven, you must receive Jesus Christ as your Lord and [...]

What Might Your Pastor Say If Jesus Asked About You?

Funeral with flowers on marble

MEMORY HONORED To honor the memory of a member of our church long ago I shared an excerpt of my words from her funeral… It hasn’t been an easy week for any of us who’ve come to know and love June. But I’ve got good news in the midst of our sadness and heavy hearts. [...]

The Politically Correct Three-in-One God

God the Father (top), the Holy Spirit (represented by a dove), and child Jesus, painting by Bartolomé Esteban Murillo (d. 1682)

INTRODUCING THE TRIUNE GOD In this day of political correctness and trying hard not to offend, I’m reminded of the time long ago when the Presbyterian Church figured out how to explain the Trinity in more inclusive terms (versus exclusive). The denomination introduced “fresh ways to speak of the mystery of the triune God” to [...]

Happy 4th of July [infographic]

Happy 4th of July [infographic]

(To enlarge via computer keyboard, hold ctrl key down while rolling mouse wheel forward/away from you) by Ghergich.

King of Kings (chorus)

King of Kings

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Freedom

Lady Liberty

“If therefore the Son shall make you free, you shall be free indeed.” (John 8:36) FREEDOM Freedom. It’s what Independence Day celebrations in America are all about each year on the 4th of July. Sadly however, when it comes to the Christian life, many believers live below the level of freedom that Christ promised should [...]

When As Good As Nothing is Everything

Ancient Galilee

“So Hiram came out from Tyre to see the cities which Solomon had given him, and they did not please him. He said, ‘What are these cities which you have given me, my brother?’ So they were called the land of Cabul (as good as nothing) to this day.’” (1 Kings 9:12-13) A HOUSE FOR [...]