Jim’s Blog


Finish Well

My only aim is to finish the race and complete
the task the Lord Jesus has given me—the task of testifying
to the good news of God’s grace.
-Acts 20:24 (NIV)
THIS WEEK I WILL ATTEMPT TO COMPLETE my 7th annual ride of the Ohio to Erie Trail, a 320-mile bicycle ride of several contiguous trails linking the Ohio River to Lake Erie.  There are 12 riders in this year’s crew—most of us preachers.  The comradery and brotherhood alone are worth the trip.


The House of the Lord

The God who made the world and everything in it
is the Lord of heaven
and earth and does not live in temples made by human hands.
-Acts 17:24

HAVE YOU EVER HEARD OTHERS refer to the church building as “the Lord’s House”?   I have, far more times than I can recall.  I have even done it myself.  There is only one problem.  It just isn’t true.


Thanks, I Needed That

And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works,
 not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another,
 and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.
-Hebrews 10:24-25 

LIFE IS SOMETIMES HARD.  Storms and challenges seem to rise out of nowhere.  Sometimes the rains are gentle and sometimes the skies open wide and pour out torrents, much like the rains we experienced in town just this past week—at least over my house.

Then there are seasons that leave us dry and parched, and a single spark would threaten to destroy us.  


Prayers of the Presidents

“I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers,
intercession and thanksgiving  b
e made for all people—for kings and all those in authority,
 that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.  
This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.
-1 Timothy 2:1-4

WE LIVE IN A GREAT LAND.  We have been blessed beyond measure.  But in that blessing we have become smug, content and arrogant.  We have forgotten where that blessing has come from and even flaunt the grossest of our sins in public.  God has a way of humbling the proud.


“Have To” or “Get To”

“For it has been granted to you on behalf of Christ,
 not only to believe in Him, but also to suffer for Hi
-Philippians 1:29

LIFE IS AN AMAZING ADVENTURE.  It is full of ups and downs, joys and sorrows.  We all face challenges and hardships we dread or wish we could avoid but can’t—the “have tos” of life.  There are also a lot of blessings and joys along the way—the “get tos” of life.

I wonder—which list is longer?  Are there more “have tos” than “get tos” in my life?  How about yours?  


Ponder This

“Those who walk uprightly enter into peace;
they find rest as they lie in death.”
-Isaiah 57:2

YOU HAVE HEARD IT SAID, “Sometimes the good die young.”   Well, as I was reading through the Scripture the other morning, a particular passage caught my attention.  It highlighted something we rarely consider, and when we do, we almost always struggle with.


Redeeming Time

“Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise,
making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.”
-Ephesians 5:15-16

HAVE YOU EVER INVESTED TIME AND ENERGY into someone or something only to, in a moment of exasperation, declare, “That was a waste!”?  Through the years I have held that sentiment more times than I can count. 

None of us likes to waste time. . . .   Let me put that another way.  None of us likes having our time wasted by another.   


This is the Life

“How good and pleasant it is when brothers live together in unity!
For there the LORD bestows His blessing, even life forevermore
-Psalm 133:1, 3b
There really is nothing more good and pleasant than the blessing of family living together in unity.  There really is nothing more ugly and miserable than family that is fractured, hateful and warring, which is far too often the case.  What God intends as the highest good becomes the most despicable evil when Satan twists it.


The Danger of Prayerless Assumptions

“Whatever you have in mind, go ahead and do it
for the L
ORD is with you.”
-2 Samuel 7:3

When David shared his heart’s desire for building a place of worship for God, and a home for the Ark of the Covenant, Nathan (a holy man and prophet of God Almighty) assumed that it was a desire and an ambition that would be blessed of God. 


Nothing Less

“I will not offer to the LORD my God burnt offerings that cost me nothing.”
-2 Samuel 24:24

WORSHIP IS THAT DIVINE AND HEAVENLY activity in which we take part, declaring the supreme worth of Almighty God, our Creator, Sustainer and Redeemer.   That praise should be both joyful and passionate.  Paul instructs us that everything we do is to be an act or expression of worship.

Whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus,
 giving thanks to God the Father through Him.

-Colossians 3:17

When it comes to worship, there is a very valuable lesson we need to learn from Israel’s, King David.  Near the end of his life and reign David


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