The Slave Importation Clause

We’ve had occasion of late to consider two pro-slavery statutes that were part of the original Constitution of the Unites States of America. We should rightly rejoice that subsequent Amendments to the Constitution rendered null and void such clauses. One more heinous clause in our Constitution is known as the Slave Importation Clause. It is found in Article 1, Section 9, Clause 1:

Peter's First Sermon on The Day of Pentecost

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA (April 25, 2016) -- Peter’s first sermon came at such an exciting moment in church history, with the filling or baptism of the Holy Spirit on the Day of Pentecost, exactly 50 days after the Jewish Passover, when Jesus was crucified as our Passover Lamb.

Sugar Cubes and Prayer

MURRIETA, CA (ANS – April 14, 2016) -- Many years ago I heard this illustration: Imagine a set of scales with a one-pound weight on one side and a pile of sugar cubes to be added to the other. The first few cubes added seem to make no difference in shifting the weight. Neither do the next ten cubes…or the next ten. However, by the time one hundred cubes have been added, a point is reached where the addition of one or two more sugar cube starts to tip the scales.

God’s Gift to You!

The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and covered up. Then in his joy he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.The gift of heaven is a gift anticipated with trembling, but received with peace. Matthew 13:44 It is a gift seldom planned for, but is given according to the most loving of plans.

True Friendship Leads to New Life at Barcelona’s Festival of Hope

The first of the Graham family to preach in-person in Spain, Franklin Graham shared his own story of salvation with a packed-to-capacity crowd of more than 14,000. "I was 22 years old," Franklin said. "I wanted to go to parties. I wanted to have fun. I didn't want God in my life."

Why Easter Matters: 10 Quotes from Billy Graham

Billy Graham has had a lot to say over the years about Christ's death and resurrection-what he has called the two "most important events in human history." Here are some quotes from 60 years of ministry.

Jesus Loves Traitors

You could argue that treason predates human history, beginning with Satan's rebellion against God. Here on earth, Satan, the original traitor, inspired treason in the first two humans in the Garden of Eden. Here Adam and Eve disobeyed God, choosing their will over God's command and betraying their Creator.

The Second Most Important Day of Your Life

Multitudes reach adulthood, and live their lives, without the basics of the Christian faith being explained to them. America, "one nation under God," land of the Pilgrims' pride, of religious holidays, of the Ten Commandments? This is certainly the case in Western Europe, despite some countries still having "state churches," and where tax money is levied to support denominations. Many people are aware of churches, and traditional holidays, and have heard familiar hymn tunes without being at all

Jesus Christ – What Confidence Is All About!

You and I struggle with confidence. Sometimes, we are too confident, even arrogant. Other times we are weak and doubt. Praise God that your savior is supremely confident. His confidence flows from his humility.

When There Are No Answers

There are times in everyone's life when things just happen and you can't do a thing about it. Like when you slip on an icy sidewalk and everything flings out of your hands while you fall flat on your back. Or when the car spins out in front of you and you can't maneuver around it. Or when you stand at the edge of the emotional tsunami, mouth wide open and arms pushed forward in hapless defense. Some things you cannot fight.

Facing Adversity and Being in God’s Will

Saul told his son Jonathan and all the attendants to kill David. 1 Samuel 19:1 David was minding his own business one day, tending sheep, when God called him to be a king. Talk about a God moment.

Just Give Me a Sign

I stood in the deepening dark of the night. The moon was nowhere to be seen. A thousand stars - maybe more, blinked in chaotic poetry. I had to absorb the news of the day - of a lifetime. Swirling in my head, there were no answers. Just questions. That awful question. Why?

Truth-Telling In an Age of Deception

As soon as the words came out of my mouth, I knew they were wrong. Something inside of me wanted to tell the truth, but like a split-second decision that changes your destiny, the river flowed out of the wrong channel. Trying to catch the words, they were gone, smoke spreading on a cold morning

Why Worry?

My friend is in the middle of a difficult workplace situation. He's torn between pleasing his boss and certain career decisions that must be made. It rips his heart to have to be in the middle of a no-win situation. He's losing sleep, anxious over the turbulence and disruption.

Keep it Simple

I have a tendency to complicate ... everything. If the car manufacturer says 3,000 miles for oil changes, I'm calculating the affect of extending the recommendation. If someone comes to me with a problem, I'm probing the past and the future, looking for answers. If the recipe calls for certain ingredients, I'm second guessing and pondering substitutions. "Can molasses be replaced with corn syrup?"

Break the Chain

We all have chains of continuity, passed on through the generations. I have my father's nose, a Norwegian tribute to the sky. I have my mother's personality, at times engaging and at other times, annoying.

Stop Waiting for God to Tell You What to Do

There are plenty of people who are just floating in life, looking for a place to land.I have friends who are working in jobs that just aren't the right fit. Either the work isn't in their skill set, their coworkers are difficult, or the vision of the employer is contrary to their values.

Are You All in For God?

Proverbs 2 provides a window of understanding for least one reason why we have periods of spiritual apathy. If you ever have a question about why God seems distant at times, here is an explanation. Solomon says to find the knowledge of God, you must be passionately committed to your search, you must be all in.

If Your Path is a Twisted One

His denial was huge. He had turned his back on his friend and the man he had pledged his life's efforts to. Sworn to go to the death, Peter went down in a whimper.

20 Things God Might Say

I sent out a couple of tweets recently that received some attention. They had the hashtag #ThingsGodMightSay and were intentionally designed to encourage people.