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February 21, 2018, 8:54 AM

Morning Coffee

Feb 21, 2018

As I sit to write this morning I am still processing the news of the death of Billy Graham. I have read almost every one of His books. I have listened on video to some of his greatest messages. I have read three biographies. He is to me one of the greatest men of faith in both the 20th and 21st century. His faithfulness to his Lord, his family, his country and to the world, have been on display. Never did he boast of his accomplishments but always gave the glory to God.

His celebrity was because of his faithfulness. He never used his world given power to open any door. But he used his God given power to combat the darkness and bring to a world dying in sin the good news of the gospel of Christ. I have always seen him as an example to pattern my ministry.  His ministry was one of honesty, integrity and humility, a bright light in a dark world.

I have heard and I believe that God will always have that voice. When one leaves us, another raises up to take the mantle. It is not one that comes by choice, but by calling. The power of God will be upon him and his voice will spread. In this world the light of the gospel is the only answer to our real need, a right heart with God that can only through Christ. He would start anywhere in scripture and head straight to the cross. Let us continue to lift high the banner of Christ and remember the faithful. We are blessed.

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February 20, 2018, 9:56 AM

Morning Coffee

Feb 20, 2018

Matthew 5:38-42 (KJV)
38  Ye have heard that it hath been said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth:
39  But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also.
40  And if any man will sue thee at the law, and take away thy coat, let him have thy cloke also.
41  And whosoever shall compel thee to go a mile, go with him twain.
42  Give to him that asketh thee, and from him that would borrow of thee turn not thou away.


“Ye have heard…But I say…” Jesus is not changing the law but rather giving instructions on attitudes for living.  Don’t fight! I was watching an old western and there was a scene that included a preacher. A bad man came up to him and hit him right vicious right hook. The preacher got up, dusted himself off and stood. The bad man hit him again. The preacher got up, dusted himself off, and proceeded to throttle the bad man. A witness asked him why he let him hit you twice. The preacher said that the bible says to turn the other cheek, but doesn’t say what to do after that. Sometimes we need to understand that God is teaching an attitude and not limit, or loose action. Don’t be drawn into a fight, walk away.

Words are sometimes more hurtful than a smack in the face. 1 Thessalonians 4:11 (KJV) 11  And that ye study to be quiet, and to do your own business, and to work with your own hands, as we commanded you;. 1 Peter 3:4 (KJV) 4  But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price. The hardest thing to do is to not speak, not return an evil remark. Hold your peace. Seek wisdom. Have a meek spirit, but not a weak one. I heard it said that is better to be quiet and thought a fool than to open your mouth and remove all doubt.

Living for Christ isn’t easy! But every action and every word become your testimony. My prayer is that my actions and words reflect faithfulness. We are blessed


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February 16, 2018, 1:07 PM

Morning Coffee

Feb 16,2018

Matthew 5:44 (KJV)
44  But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;

Whoever said that living as a Christian is easy hasn’t read the bible. Love your enemies? What’s up with that? Christ commands us to not just love them but adds, “bless them, do good to them and pray for them”. I thought that if we kept them kinda neutral we were ok, but He wants us to take positive action towards them.

There is an abiding problem in churches today that keep us from being the best for Him. That is seeing people in the church as enemies. You might be thinking that this cannot be true. I have heard an evangelist say once that whenever you use the terms “them” and “they” instead of “we” and “our” there is already a problem. How can we have this attitude with those that are our family in Christ. You might want to remember that these folks are the people we will be spending eternity with. We might want to use the love that Christ has given us in this situation.

I have learned from being a Christian for 48 years that when we begin to bless, do good for and pray for our enemies that the light of the Holy Spirit’s conviction shines brightest on me! Apparently God expects His children to be better than the world. It’s easy to love the lovely. It is something else entirely to love those who are not. 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 (KJV) 4  Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up,
5  Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; 6  Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth;
7  Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.

The love of Christ was manifest to us when we were in rebellion towards God. (Rom 5:8). He shows the power of genuine love in His blood shed for us. We are blessed.


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February 15, 2018, 9:11 AM

Morning Coffee

Feb 15, 2018

Matthew 5:36-37 (KJV)
36  Neither shalt thou swear by thy head, because thou canst not make one hair white or black.
37  But let your communication be, Yea, yea; Nay, nay: for whatsoever is more than these cometh of evil.

The games people play. Honesty while not always easy is always right. You cannot build on deceit. My wife has asked me many times about how she looks, knowing this is a very dangerous question, I seek wisdom. My youngest son finally came up with a great answer. “You are like Mary Poppins, practically perfect in every way.” We build solid relationships with truth. We tend to patronize people to put them off, tell little white lies, or just lie. All in trying to not hurt or offend. We need to speak truth, live truth and be truth.

To swear that we will do this or not that is setting ourselves up for failure, because we don’t control all the things around us. We don’t want to be mean, or to be hurtful in the things we do or say. Sometimes silence can be very loud. Learn to speak the truth in love. Your foot can only go in your mouth of it is open. Tact is another thing that doesn’t grow in every ones garden. Think about whether or not what you want to say, should be said. Bite your tongue at times showing wisdom and control.

There are times when we should speak, and speak loudly. Don’t let truth be destroyed because we don’t want to get involved. Be the light! James 1:4-5 (KJV)
4  But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing. 5   If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.  We are blessed.


February 13, 2018, 9:26 AM

Morning Coffee

Feb 13, 2018

Matthew 5:31-32 (KJV)
31 It hath been said, Whosoever shall put away his wife, let him give her a writing of divorcement:
32  But I say unto you, That whosoever shall put away his wife, saving for the cause of fornication, causeth her to commit adultery: and whosoever shall marry her that is divorced committeth adultery.

Sometimes the scripture teaches some things that are not politically correct. Divorce is one of those things. To be honest, I really didn’t want to bring this up here but the truth is the truth.  While divorce is very prevalent in our society, even in the household of faith, it should be avoided by all. It leaves in its wake hurt and loss and victims.

There are consequences to all actions. Sometimes our decisions affect others as much as they do us. Sometimes they only affect us. I heard once that the number one reason for divorce is marriage! While we might chuckle at this, I can’t help but feel that a lack of understanding of marriage and the vows, leave open the door to divorce. I have turned down an opportunity to perform a wedding because in talking with the couple they held that ace up their sleeve, that if it doesn’t work out we can always get a divorce. There was an interview with a couple celebrating their 70 year anniversary. They were asked, “How they stayed married that long”. They replied, “ that they grew up in an age that when things were broke they didn’t throw it away, they fixed it”. Now I know that there are those who will read this and give their reason for divorce. I am not judging here. Just that Gods’ a plan for marriage is one man and one woman for life.

I was once in a very friendly discussion on divorce. The argument was that marriage is a cultural thing and that in different cultures divorce is ok. That culture changes as we mature. My answer is that, yes, cultures change usually by a decaying morality not because of maturity. They responded again that morality is not absolute, that it changes with time. I was not as friendly as before, my response was morality must be absolute or else the foundation of our society is fluid and not firm.  

Marriage is one of the finest illustrations of our relationship with Christ. Thank you Jesus, you won’t give us a letter of divorcement. We are blessed.

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