They Had Been with Jesus

They Had Been with Jesus

Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated and untrained men, they marveled. And they realized that they had been with Jesus (Acts 4:13). When we look at the Apostles, they had not been to the rabbinic schools. They were fisherman. However, it was not their ignorance; it was…

The Source

The Source

Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows (James 1:17). Let everything that has breath praise the Lord (Psalm 150:6). I have a confession to make. I’m the guy who feeds crows and squirrels early in the morning. I understand that some (perhaps many)…

Hidden Things

Hidden Things

The saying goes, “Things aren’t always what they seem to be.” Ad agencies study the facets of human nature: what things attract and what maintains attention. This is because their clients want to make a sale. Often, the consumer is aware of being played but follows through, buying the product. Because marketing analysts are in…

Faith Equals Salvation

Faith Equals Salvation

Four times, the Bible declares, “The just shall live by faith.”  Paul famously wrote to the Ephesians, “For by grace you have been saved through faith” (Ephesians 2:8).  To the Romans, he stated, “we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand” (Romans 5:2).  Faith, then, is the door into the halls…

This is My Friend

This is My Friend

One hundred and forty-three years ago, a fellow named Charles W. Fry wrote a hymn entitled “The Lily of The Valley.” The opening line is, “I have found a friend in Jesus; he’s everything to me.” That sentiment of friendship with Jesus turns up in quite a few Christian songs,  singing of “friendship with Jesus,…

Remembering Charles

Remembering Charles

Charles Ross was an evangelist sent from the Excelsior Springs Church of Christ. He loved the Lord’s people and was a friend to many. He met people from all walks of life and met them with ease and friendliness. He had no arrogance, nor did he set himself above others. He was easy to engage…

Christlike Communion

Christlike Communion

Now in giving these instructions I do not praise you, since you come together not for the better but for the worse. For first of all, when you come together as a church, I hear that there are divisions among you, and in part I believe it. For there must also be factions among you,…