How not to hear “away from me I never knew you!”

Many.Let that word sink in a moment.Many.Not a few.Not a theoretical group.Not a hypothetical warning.Many.Notice how complacent they are.Feel the pride.They think they are in.Prophesying. Casting out demons, mighty works.Perhaps we could add preaching and leading.Maybe writing a blog.Doing things 'in Jesus name'Part of the 'in crowd'Looking terribly spiritual to others.But not to the Lord.No to the … [Read more...]

It’s a good time to look to Jesus, humble ourselves, and pray

If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land. (2 Chronicles 7:14) If you are anything like me you are only too aware that 2016 was not a perfect year. The New Year gives us a sense of moving on which can be very important. The past can be reflected on, repented of, and we begin 2017 with a fresh start.But, by now, perhaps already you have … [Read more...]

“You have eaten and drank, now work, and enjoy it!” – The Bible

"There is nothing better for man than to eat, drink, and enjoy his work" (Ecclesiastes 2:24, HCSB) If you are anything like me you have eaten way too much food over the last few days. The Bible is clear that we can and should enjoy our food, and enjoy our rest. But it is no surprise that the verse I am looking at today comes from the same book of the Bible that says 'There is a time for everything . . ." (Ecclesiastes 3).It is good to "eat, drink and be merry" you are only being Biblical! I … [Read more...]

Keeping your work seat warm for the next occupant

I have had a tendency to get overly committed to work. I know I'm not alone. Occasional overtime becomes the new regular hours. Commitment and passion becomes obsession and fervor. Being responsible becomes feeling like you are indispensable.I have news for us all today: we are replaceable. It stuck me as I start my new job that someone already sits in my seat at the old one. And someone else before me sat in the chair I now do. One day I will leave this role even if it is to retire or if I … [Read more...]

Bless the Lord. Forget not his benefits!

We are a very blessed people. We are also a forgetful people. Or let me own that more personally, I am a forgetful person. Today I read Psalm 103 and it reminded.  I have a God who blesses me even though I deserve none of it. I have a God who forgives ALL my sins, who heals ALL my diseases, and who CARES for me. How often do I forget all this? How often do I live as a functional atheist? How rarely do I really stop and say THANK YOU, humbly acknowledging that the very air I breath was given to … [Read more...]

45 practical ways to improve your health and wellbeing

Despite being a doctor, I have not always been very good at taking good care of myself physically, psychologically, socially, and spiritually. So a few years ago I constructed a list of practical advice as much for myself as for my readers about how to strengthen what I call the four pillars of mental health and well being.Today, I went back and expanded the list, which now includes links to articles on the web and some resources to help you improve your health. The resulting complete … [Read more...]

Which comes first obedience or faith?

“the obedience of faith for the sake of his name among all the nations”‭‭(Romans‬ ‭1:5‬) This is Pauls mission statement. His reason to live. His goal in life. And it should be the goal of every Chrisrian minister, indeed of every Christian: to bring about the obedience of faith in themselves and others.One thing I love about the ESV is that it doesn't seem to explain phrases that could be ambiguous. This is one such example.I can think of at least  five possible ways of interpreting thi … [Read more...]

Why did God forsake Jesus?

“And at the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, “Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?” which means, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?””(‭‭Mark‬ ‭15:34‬ ) To the Muslim the idea that a prophet could die a cruel death on a cross is anathema. To the 1st century Jew it wasn't exactly what they expected from their  long awaited Messiah. To those of us who believe Jesus was and is the Eternal Son of God it should be even more remarkable. The question "why did God forsake him?" Rings … [Read more...]

When does the wisdom of Mordecai become denying Jesus?

“And immediately the rooster crowed a second time. And Peter remembered how Jesus had said to him, “Before the rooster crows twice, you will deny me three times.” And he broke down and wept.”‭‭(Mark‬ ‭14:72‬) We live in times that are remarkably hostile to Christians. I have written before about how at times the wisdom of Mordecai is entirely appropriate for us to follow. In many workplaces people keep it more professional these days and don't talk about any outside interests. Add to that th … [Read more...]

Every knee WILL bow! 

And Jesus said, “I am, and you will see the Son of Man seated at the right hand of Power, and coming with the clouds of heaven.” (‭‭Mark‬ ‭14:62‬)‬‬He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death —even to death on a cross. For this reason God highly exalted Him and gave Him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow...and every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord. (Phil 2:8-11, HCSB) It's verses like this that put pay to any not … [Read more...]