Friday, November 23, 2018

Thursday, November 8, 2018

When Mary discovers Santa living in strange circumstances, he opens
up the reality of Christmas for the little girl living in her own strange
circumstances. Christmas changes both their lives.

Dr. K's Christmas novel Mary's Santa A Parable of Christmas is
available online.

Friday, August 3, 2018

A Devotional Thought From Leviticus

And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, I am the LORD your God. After the doings of the land of Egypt, wherein ye dwelt, shall ye not do: and after the doings of the land of Canaan, whither I bring you, shall ye not do; neither shall ye walk in their ordinances. Ye shall do my judgments, and keep mine ordinances, to walk therein: I am the LORD your God.      Leviticus 18:1 – 4

     In His many instructions to the Jewish people, then in the wilderness preparing for their future, the LORD tells them don’t do in your lives and society what the Egyptians do in theirs. You lived there, but I’ve brought you out, and I want you to be different than they are. Also, when I bring you into the land of Canaan, the land of blessing that I will give you, do not do what the Canaanites do either. Don’t follow their ways, or laws, or ordinances.

     I am your God, and I want you to do what I instruct you to do. I want you to keep my law. I want you to live the way I prescribe.

     If you read the rest of chapter 18, you will find very numerous, direct statements about morality. I will not go into the details. They are graphic.

     The nations that inhabited Canaan defiled themselves with these sins, and that was one reason why God was casting them out of the blessed land, and giving it to His people (18:24). He spoke of putting the iniquity of these people on the land, and as a consequence pictures the land itself vomiting out the inhabitants (18:25).

     While this chapter refers specifically to God’s ancient people, and the land of promise, it should give any modern nation pause. Has the level of our societal morality sunk so low that it can compare with vomit in the gutter? Is the nation floating in a pool of filth? Will terrible immorality bring terrible consequences?

Friday, July 13, 2018

July 13, 2018

Why A Revival Of Biblical Faith And Behavior Would Benefit America Or Any Nation

And Pharaoh said, Who is the LORD, that I should obey his voice to let Israel go? I know not the LORD, neither will I let Israel go.   Exodus 5:2

Many individuals, in this country and others around the world, if they spoke the true feelings of their hearts and minds about the God of the Bible, would echo the words of the Pharaoh of the Exodus as they are stated in Chapter 5 verse 2 of the book of Exodus in the Bible.

If they were candid they would say “I know not the LORD.” Like Pharaoh did. Why should I obey him? Why should I follow his commands? Why should I accept his moral standards?

Pharaoh then said “neither will I let Israel go.” To paraphrase, I do what I want to do even though what God wants is something different. I think it is fair to say, that feeling, pervades those today who do not know the Lord, and as a result the land(s) is filled with their reckless sinful behavior. And, their reckless sinful behavior affects the entire nation.

What Pharaoh should have known is that he was setting himself, and his nation, up for judgment. Pharaoh’s magicians summed it up when they said together to their head of government, “knowest thou not yet that Egypt is destroyed?  (Exodus 10:17).

If such a thing could happen to the greatest national power on earth at that time because of  disobedience to God…Well, you get the point.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Unspeakable Hurt

17 people dead, shot, murdered in a high school on Valentine’s Day in Florida, add that to the many other evils that hurt and destroy the lives of people in our country and around the world. Besides the unspeakable grief with which it shrouds the family members and friends of the victims, it places all caring Americans in the grip of sorrow, and guilt, and confusion, about why such things happen. Those answers, if there are any, will come on investigation, but what can be said to those who carry the hurt and sorrow, at least from the spiritual side of the questions? Here, edited, is a Christian Devotional reading expressing where God is in relation to the tragedy of the individuals left behind, mourning, and hurting. It appears in the devotional book, A Year in the Life: Ministry and Memories ©2017.

March 29
He Will Carry You
In all their affliction he was afflicted, and the angel of his presence saved them: in his love and in his pity he redeemed them; and he bare them, and carried them all the days of old.         Isaiah 63:9

There are so many people who face grave dangers and difficulties in their lives;  their children shot to death at school, toddlers afflicted with dread diseases, persecution for their faith that puts their life and liberty at risk, drunken spouses, desperate poverty, or personal mental illness; just a few among many of the tragedies of life that can break the will, and break a heart, and break a faith. Where is God for these people? Why do they suffer all alone in their dreadful circumstances?

The prophet Isaiah tells us that when Israel, God’s people, was under affliction that He was afflicted with them. He loved them while they were stricken and suffering. He brought them back to Himself and carried them. He carried them all the days of old. He carried them through it all. No matter what they faced He was there with them, and if they desired it, for them.

When people ask “Why? Why me? Why my child? Why my family? Why my emotions? Why my country? Why my church?” Or any of the many “Why?” questions that come up during a season of suffering, the only answer is God knows. Not much comfort humanly speaking, yet there is comfort in knowing that God knows and cares. God is with you in your affliction. He feels for you, His child, He is carrying you. Hug his neck like a toddler in the dark hugs her daddy. God will carry you as long as it takes.

Prayer: You are with us in the furnace, Lord. Help us walk through the fire knowing we are in Your care, and be comforted. In the name of Jesus who suffered for us. Amen.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Peace To You

Since about 1950 in the little park across from the United Nations building in New York stands  the Isaiah wall. The wall displays an etching in granite of Isaiah 2:4 And he shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people: and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more. Because of this great statement in behalf of peace, the wall has become a consistent gathering place for protests at, and of, the United Nations.

The people of the world want men and nations to take these words to heart and to bring peace to the world. They want terrorists to lay down their arms and live at peace with their neighbors of whatever religion, they want armies to cease crossing the borders of other nations to invade, they want nuclear weapons to be disbanded by all nations so that a threat of total war for the world will be eliminated, and they want so many other things that speak of peace.

These are wonderful thoughts, great desires, delightful dreams for a world of peace in this time when there is no peace. However, these actions may be things that cannot happen on earth without a causal intervention by God. The context of Isaiah’s statement includes the verse before (2:3) which states: And many people shall go and say, Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.

Plowshares will one day be made of weapons of war, when the peoples and nations of the world seek the one, true, and living God, and learn His ways and walk in them. When they do God will judge among the nations and peace will fill the earth. When that will happen we don’t know, but we do know that the nations of the world are not walking in His ways now, and don’t want His judgment among them. Naturally, they would have to change their ways. Peace comes from seeking the righteousness of God. If you are a true protester for peace in the world seek God and His righteousness. When the world does that, whenever it happens, there will be more plowshares made from swords and other weapons than you can imagine.

Don't forget this part of the Christmas message: Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.

Sunday, December 3, 2017

A Verse Out Of My Devotional Reading Today

He that keepeth the commandment keepeth his own soul;
but he that despiseth his ways shall die.

Proverbs 19:16