The Merry-Go-Round of Life

Reading Time: 3 Minutes The Merry-Go-Round A child was taken by her parents to the county fair. She tugged at her mother’s hand, pulling her to the merry-go-round. The ticket was purchased and the family stood in a long line with the child anxiously awaiting her ride. Mom placed her on a short, wooden Shetland […]

When Nobody Listens

Reading Time: 2 Minutes Isaiah Says Isaiah 6.8-11  Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” And I said, “Here am I; send me!” 9 And he said, “Go and say to this people: ‘Keep listening, but do not comprehend;keep looking, but do not understand.’10 Make […]

Did Jesus Enjoy the Super Bowl?

Reading Time: 3 Minutes What did Jesus think about the Super Bowl? Like the vast majority of Kansas City area residents, I greatly enjoyed Chief’s win in the Super Bowl. Tears of joy came to my eyes during the game and the parade. It was a great day for Kansas City and the surrounding area. […]

God Will Not Give Up on You

Reading Time: 2 Minutes Isaiah Says Isaiah 4.2-4 On that day the branch of the Lord shall be beautiful and glorious, and the fruit of the land shall be the pride and glory of the survivors of Israel. 3 Whoever is left in Zion and remains in Jerusalem will be called holy, everyone who has […]

Don't Blame the Politicians!

Reading Time: 3 Minutes Isaiah Says Isaiah 3.4, 5, 8, 12 4 And I will make boys their princes,    and babes shall rule over them.5 The people will be oppressed,    everyone by another    and everyone by a neighbor;the youth will be insolent to the elder,    and the base to the honorable. 8 For Jerusalem has stumbled    and Judah has fallen,because their […]

How Hitting "Rock Bottom" Saved My Life

Reading Time: 3 Minutes Isaiah Says Isaiah 2:12, 17 12 For the Lord of hosts has a day    against all that is proud and lofty,    against all that is lifted up and high . . . 17 The haughtiness of people shall be humbled,    and the pride of everyone shall be brought low;    and the Lord alone will be […]

Full But Empty!

Reading Time: 2 Minutes Isaiah Says Isaiah 2:7-8 2 Their land is filled with silver and gold,    and there is no end to their treasures;their land is filled with horses,    and there is no end to their chariots.8 Their land is filled with idols;    they bow down to the work of their hands,    to what their own fingers have made. […]

Begin with the End in Mind

Reading Time: 3 Minutes Isaiah Says Isaiah 2:2-4 In days to come    the mountain of the Lord’s houseshall be established as the highest of the mountains,    and shall be raised above the hills;all the nations shall stream to it.3     Many peoples shall come and say,“Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord,    to the house of […]

Say "No" to Tree Hugging

Reading Time: 2 Minutes Isaiah Says Isaiah 1.27-29 27 Zion shall be redeemed by justice,    and those in her who repent, by righteousness.28 But rebels and sinners shall be destroyed together,    and those who forsake the Lord shall be consumed.29 For you shall be ashamed of the oaks    in which you delighted;and you shall blush for the gardens    that you have […]

"Bar Code" Religion

Reading Time: 2 Minutes Isaiah Says Isaiah 1:18-20 18 Come now, let us argue it out,    says the Lord:though your sins are like scarlet,    they shall be like snow;though they are red like crimson,    they shall become like wool.19 If you are willing and obedient,    you shall eat the good of the land;20 but if you refuse and rebel,    you shall be […]

Go take a bath!

Reading Time: 2 Minutes Isaiah Says Isaiah 1.16-17 16 Wash yourselves; make yourselves clean;    remove the evil of your doings    from before my eyes;cease to do evil,17    learn to do good;seek justice,    rescue the oppressed,defend the orphan,    plead for the widow. Some Thoughts When we stink so badly that God doesn’t want to go around us, a spiritual bath […]

When God Doesn't Want To Go To Church

Reading Time: 2 Minutes Isaiah Says Isaiah 1.11, 12, and 15 11 What to me is the multitude of your sacrifices?    says the Lord;I have had enough of burnt offerings of rams    and the fat of fed beasts;I do not delight in the blood of bulls,    or of lambs, or of goats. 12 When you come to appear before […]

How Did I Become Dumber than an Ox?

Reading Time: 2 Minutes Isaiah Says Isaiah 1:2-3 Hear, O heavens, and listen, O earth;    for the Lord has spoken:I reared children and brought them up,    but they have rebelled against me.3 The ox knows its owner,    and the donkey its master’s crib;but Israel does not know,    my people do not understand. Some Thoughts Every time I read the opening […]