Category: The Christian Spirit

Reflections on living as a disciple of Christ.

A Nation's Grieved Soul

I’ve been reading through the Old Testament book of Judges lately. I’ve always been fascinated—perhaps astounded is the better word—by ancient Israel’s capacity to forget God, no matter how miraculously He worked to deliver them from all manner of evil [mostly of their own making]. One particular passage stood out to me in my reading yesterday in Judges 10:13-16. It begins this way: But you have forsaken Me and served other gods, so I will no longer save you. Go… Read more »

Ecclesiastes 12:11-14

The words of the wise are like goads, their collected sayings like firmly embedded nails—given by one Shepherd. Be warned, my son, of anything in addition to them. Of making many books there is no end, and much study wearies the body. Now all has been heard; here is the conclusion of the matter: Fear God and keep His commandments, for this is the whole duty of man. For God will bring every deed into judgment, including every hidden thing,… Read more »

Rifqa Bary: Will Justice Prevail?

I’ve written previously about Rifqa Bary, the 17-year-old who ran away from her Muslim parents because she fears for her life. Bary, who converted to Christianity, says she believes her family will kill her for leaving the Muslim religion. She is currently living in Florida, but the family is using the court system to get her back. A Florida judge has ruled that he has no jurisdiction in the case, and that she should be returned to Ohio to stay… Read more »

II Corinthians 4:16-18

Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.

Matthew 5:13-16

You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled by men. You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house…. Read more »

What Are We Supposed to Remember?

On this 8th commemoration of the terrorist attacks on this nation, I hope we haven’t forgotten some things. There really are evil people out there who want to destroy the United States. It’s going to take vigilance to maintain our security. We need to be united in our willingness to place the safety of our people ahead of our political interests. Defense is the first responsibility of any civil government. Without a Biblical foundation for our thinking, we will be led astray…. Read more »