A Biblical Response to the George Floyd Protests

Our national conversation at this time largely concerns the shocking death of George Floyd and the subsequent peaceful demonstrations, destruction, looting, violence, and police action in cities all across the United States, and what they mean for us as Americans.   We who desire to follow Jesus Christ look to God’s written word to instruct …

A Biblical View of Government

It was a joy to teach on A Biblical View of Government at Redding Christian Fellowship last Sunday.  We who are followers of Jesus are to 1) Show Respect to Government, 2) Participate in Government, and 3) Bring the Light to Government. It's a hugely important topic in these politically divisive times.  https://youtu.be/0lSRpjZy-QA?t=1824 I would love to hear …

Abraham and Jesus

Genesis 22 is a tremendous true story of Abraham's faith as he was willing to sacrifice his son Isaac in obedience to God, though fortunately God stopped him from doing so. Even greater though, this event foretold what God would later do many centuries later when he killed his only son Jesus for us! Genesis …

The Greatness of Gratitude (Colossians 3:15-17)

Probably nothing will improve our enjoyment in life or enable us to fulfill our purpose as much as learning to be more GRATEFUL and THANKFUL for all God has given us. What does the Bible say about this important quality? Colossians 3:15-17   "15 Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you …

God’s Light in Clay Pots (2 Corinthians 4:6-18)

I have enjoyed teaching lately through 2 Corinthians 4:6-18 on the topic of God's Light in Clay Pots. What an amazing thought that God can use plain, common, unimpressive people like us to hold and pour out His glory! Here's teaching from July 23, 2017 at Chico Grace Brethren Church in Chico, California: God's Light in …

Presidential Inauguration Prayers

It was encouraging to hear so many Biblical passages and mentions of Jesus Christ in the prayers at President Donald Trump's Inauguration. This inauguration set a record for having six different prayer leaders (Timothy Dolan, Samuel Rodriguez, Paula White, Franklin Graham, Marvin Hier, and Wayne T. Jackson). They were a diverse group: theologically (Catholic, evangelical, pentecostal, and Jewish), ethnically (white, black, hispanic) …

Who Should We Vote For?

In my last post I addressed the question of whether followers of Jesus should vote. That brings up another important question. Who should we vote for? I remember reading through the statewide voter guide before the 2003 special election for California Governor. Among the many candidate statements was one from Kevin Richter of Manteca, who described his qualifications as simply, “I breathe.” As …

Should Christians Vote?

As we approach another election day, I have heard from some friends that they will definitely vote, and from others who say they won't even bother. This brings up an important question: "Are we, as followers of Jesus, obligated to vote in public elections?" The Bible does not directly address the question of voting, probably because voting as we know …