Dependent on God’s word

But he answered, “It is written, “‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’” (Matthew 4:4) This past Sunday I preached on Mark 12:35-37, and briefly pointed out something Jesus says almost as an aside, but something that...

Navigating new restrictions

As you likely know, Governor Inslee issued a host of new restrictions Sunday (11/15). The context for these is a surge in coronavirus cases around the state. Locally, cases are also surging, with another outbreak at Josephine Caring Community. The restrictions are,...

The discipline of difficulty

Consider him who endured from sinners such hostility against himself, so that you may not grow weary or fainthearted. 4 In your struggle against sin you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood. 5 And have you forgotten the exhortation that addresses...

Missing the forest

You’ve heard the saying: missing the forest for the trees. It means being so focused on the details that you miss the big picture. It means one can be right about many small details—about a project, issue, or task—but miss what matters most. This is not to say that...

Prayer challenge, and guidance

A couple of weeks ago, I preached on prayer from Mark 11:22-26. The text begins: “And Jesus answered them, ‘Have faith in God. Truly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and thrown into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but...

On the fall of evangelical leaders

“Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves. 16 You will recognize them by their fruits. Are grapes gathered from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? 17 So, every healthy tree bears good fruit, but the diseased...

Righteous anger isn’t everything

“Keep a close watch on yourself and on the teaching. Persist in this, for by so doing you will save both yourself and your hearers.” 1 Timothy 4:16 I had three different believers make three very strong, yet very different comments to me this week, all relating to the...

Tragedy and trust

Trust in the Lord with all your heart,  and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. (Proverbs 3:5-6) I was recently involved in a fatal car collision, when an oncoming motorcycle crossed into the...

The right side of His story

“until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ, 14 so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind...

The hole in our poverty relief

“If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing.” 1 Corinthians 13:3 This past Sunday we finished our series on politics by looking at poverty. It is an admittedly difficult topic to address no matter how you...