Understanding the times (part 3)

The men of Issachar understood the times. But that’s not all they did. Anyone can look out their window and tell whether or not it’s raining. These men did more than just know the... Read More »

Understanding the times (part 2)

I wonder what would have happened if the men from Issachar (back in 1 Chronicles 12:32) would have acted without understanding? I wonder what would have been said of them if they had... Read More »

Understanding the Times (part 1)

The world has changed quite a bit since I was a boy—from radios to iPods; from 13-inch black-and-white TVs to 50-inch flat screen HDTVs; from war bonds to computer viruses; from... Read More »

My Chains are in Christ

Brief Outline:   Background information: Paul had a special relationship with the church at Philippi. He expressed it in Philippians 1:7, when he said, “I have you in my... Read More »

Offended (Part 2)

Here’s the biggest difference between offense and provocation: Offense shuts out, isolates, and flees from, while provocation runs toward, invites in, and opens up.   An... Read More »


Last time, I ended with a couple of questions to ponder relating to offense and provocation and then presented a passage of Scripture for our mutual consideration. The second question... Read More »

What Are the Ramifications of Provocation?

The idea of being provoked yet not offended started me thinking about a few things—not just personally but vocationally as well. Certainly, this challenge has personal ramifications... Read More »

Provocation and Offense

This past January, I had the privilege of attending a lecture at Calvin College by author, speaker, and researcher Gabe Lyons. In his presentation, Lyons made an interesting assertion... Read More »