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AN UNEXPECTED ENCOUNTER

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Then Naaman went with his horses and chariot, and he stood at the door of Elisha's house.(2 Kings 5:9, NKJV) What a coincidence? How many times have we used this simple phrase. We as believers in God's infinite power and wisdom believe He's also in control of everything in our lives. I recall one time at work we had conflicting travel plans. My supervisor and I needed to ...

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A Love Letter on Valentines Day

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Dear Precious Saints of MBC, I trust you are doing well and looking forward to this Sunday. At the suggestion of my son David, Connie and I are watching the 9 part TV series on the Civil War by Ken Burns that was on PBS. It is very revealing and also depressing! It is hard to imagine the suffering and death of so many men on both sides of the war. I bel...

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Next Week’s Message Your Money or Your Life Luke 16:1-13

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Jesus raises a very practical question in the parable he told in Luke 16. The question that He raised was simply this: What are you going to do with the money God gives you? That question is important on a number of fronts not the least of which is this: If we do not master our money by using it for the glory of God, then it will master us, and we will end up bankrupt fo...

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Jesus, Jews, and Jet Lag

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In your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there were none of them" (Psalm, 139:16) I was saved when I was about nine years old at a Christian camp near Goiania, Brazil. I know that because I distinctly remember sharing the gospel with one of the kids whose father was a handyman at the camp. He had not attended the previous...

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Find your spiritual gift and put it to use.

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Another Suggestion for 2020! Dear Precious Saints of MBC, I trust you are doing well and looking forward to this Sunday. We are 5 full weeks into the New Year. During the first few weeks of 2020 I made a few suggestions for making the New Year better. Those suggestions were:#1 Move from being a victim of circumstances to being a learner about life....

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Next Week’s Message Hosea: Love Story

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Fifty years ago the most popular and successful movie was based on Erich Segal's book "Love Story." The book tells the story of a wealthy Harvard University law student named Oliver Barrett IV who meets Jenny Cavilleri, a middle-class girl who is studying music at Radcliffe College. It's love at first sight. The young couple marries, Oliver finds a jobat a legal firm in ...

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Next Week’s Message Paul’s Concluding Arguments Galatians 6:11-18

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Next Sunday we bring to a close our long and methodical journey through the Epistle of Paul to the Galatians. 29 messages ago, one Sunday shy of one year (2/22/2019) we began our study of this marvelous letter. It's been an exciting trip. The topic of God's grace has been dealt with so forcefully and effectively in this book that one cannot escape the overwhelming truth ...

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An Important Reminder

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Dear Precious Saints of MBC, I trust you are doing well and looking forward to this Sunday Last Sunday basketball great Kobe Bryant was killed along with his 13 year old daughter and 7 others in a helicopter crash. They were traveling by air to his daughter's basketball game at the "Mamba Academy" when the helicopter crashed into the mountain side. The cause of the ac...

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A WORK IN PROGRESS

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But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.(2 Corinthians 3:18, NKJV) How many times have we heard this phrase, "Please be patient, God is not finished with me yet." Even as an octogenarian, I recognize I am a work in progress! During my e...

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A Sad and Tragic Anniversary

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Dear Precious Saints of MBC, I trust you are doing well and looking forward to this Sunday.January 22, 1973, is the day that our Supreme Court gave their decision in Roe v. Wade, which made abortion a legal option. This past week marked the 47th anniversary of that sad and tragic decision. Many people who were already born celebrated that heinous decision as a victory for...

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