The Covenant of Forgiveness

and forgive us our sins, as we have forgiven those who sin against us. Matthew 6:12 NLT When we pray this part of the Lord’s Prayer, we enter into a covenant with God. When you break a covenant, there are always consequences. First, this verse is not referring to salvation. The Bible clearly states that […]

Seek God First

So the Israelites examined their food, but they did not consult the Lord. Joshua 9:14 NLT   Our Scripture is part of a section where the Gibeonites deceived Israel because they did not seek guidance from the Lord (Joshua 9:1-21 NLT). I learned this lesson the hard way when I did not seek God first. […]

The Golden Age of the Automobile in Brownsville

My brother, Allen, would round the corner a half block from our house in his 1968 Pontiac GTO. His dual muffler pack would announce its arrival before him getting there. We called it the Golden GTO (Goat). We grew up in Brownsville, PA., in the 50s and 60s. It was often said in earlier days […]

An Alternative to Obedience

Again, the Devil *took Him along to a very high mountain and *showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory; and he said to Him, “All these things I will give You, if You fall down and [worship me.” Matthew 4:8-9 NASB Temptation always comes to us in the form of an alternative […]

Train Up a Child

Train up a child in the way he should go, Even when he grows older he will not abandon it. (Proverbs 22:6 NASB) Are we training our children in the way they should go? If we are, there will be demonstratable outcomes. The Westminster Catechism has a shorter version, commonly called the Shorter Catechism, written primarily to […]

He Who has Ears to Hear

“Anyone with ears to hear must listen to the Spirit and understand what he is saying to the churches. Revelation 2:11a NLT   There is a significant difference between having ears and having ears to hear. Seven times in the Book of Revelation, it says we need ears to hear; it must be essential to know […]

Grumbling and Complaining

The Lord spoke to Moses and Aaron again, saying, “How long shall I put up with this evil congregation who are grumbling against Me? I have heard the complaints of the sons of Israel which they are voicing against Me. Numbers 14:26-27 NASB If you are consistently grumbling and complaining, you have probably given in to […]

Things are Going to Get Better

What is the price of two sparrows—one copper coin? But not a single sparrow can fall to the ground without your Father knowing it. And the very hairs on your head are all numbered. 31 So don’t be afraid; you are more valuable to God than a whole flock of sparrows. (Matthew 10: 29-31 NLT) For […]