Martha had a case of the “got to’s”

Have you ever come down with a case of the “got to’s?” It is a horrible illness. It is characterized by symptoms like forgetting there are other people around you (self-centeredness), profuse sweating and fatigue (from running here and there), and constant statements of “I’ve got to do this!” and “I’ve got to do that!” […]

God’s design in the world around us

by Matthew K. Clifton In the late 1700’s, a fellow named William Paley gave an illustration about how we look at the world around us. He said that if you were walking through a field and came across a watch on the ground, you would not think that watch came about naturally. Instead, you would […]

From depths to heights

Psalm 130 paints for us a picture of a person engulfed in the depths of sin. “Out of the depths I have cried to You, O Lord; Let Your ears be attentive to the voice of my supplications” (Psalm 130:1-2, NKJV). Swallowed and surrounded on all sides by his distress, the psalmist cries out to […]

God’s early warning system

As I listened to the blaring sound of the tornado sirens being tested in our town one day, it struck me how important disaster preparedness can be. The forces of nature can be devastating and sudden. When disaster comes, we harness all the energy and resources we can to assure that lives and property can […]

The center must be strong!

Imagine a giant oak growing on a hill, seemingly immune to danger. It appears strong, healthy and full of vitality, at least outwardly. But now imagine a strong thunderstorm with high winds ripping across the hill, tearing the massive oak from its perch. You see, the huge tree could not withstand the stress of the […]

The Origin of Faith

Have you ever heard someone say, “I’ve been a Christian as long as I can remember?” Or, when asked if they are a Christian, someone responds, “Well, my parents have always been Christians, so I guess I am a Christian too.” Answers like these make you ponder the question, “Where does faith in Jesus Christ […]