Are You as Wise as a Serpent; as Innocent as a Dove?

“Look, I am sending you out like sheep among wolves; so be cunning as snakes and yet innocent as doves”. (Matthew 10:16). What did Jesus mean when He gave His 12 disciples this instruction when going out into the world? A serpent is crafty, with keen eyesight and is quick to learn. A dove is…

I Have to See it to Believe it

To Christians undergoing a trial and looking forward to an answer the statement above is bad theology. It is counterproductive to a solution. The Psalmist David wrote in Psalms 26:13: “I believe that I shall see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.” Hebrews 11:1 says, “Faith is the substance of…

Enablers versus Developers

Compassion is a true Christian virtue. We should show it whenever someone is in a difficult situation that they have no control over. Enabling is not the same thing as showing compassion, although enablers describe their actions as compassionate. When people are in difficult situations because of irresponsible actions they have taken, they need development…

Is Anxiety Disobedience To God; Therefore A Sin?

Jesus said, “Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.” (Matthew 6:34). When money is running low and we don’t know where it will come from to meet a need arising tomorrow, next week or next month,…

Let My People Grow

Image courtesy of: Milan Klusacek We know God wants us to grow because He has said so: 2 Pet 3:18: But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be glory both now and forever! Amen. Ephesians 4:14: We are not meant to remain as children but to grow…

If you are as busy as a bee, are you as smart as one? 

There are three ways to make profit: gross margin, expense control and productivity. I’ll bet your CFO has the first two all sewed up. And the third one? I’ll bet again that he or she can’t give you a straight answer on how to raise it. That is because they are better at things like numbers, inventory, assets, than intangible things…

The Day the Crocodile Almost Had Me

One Sunday night ago on Nat Geo Wild,  a special aired called “Okavango Underwater”. I spent some time underwater while exploring the Okavango Delta in northwestern Botswana in July, 1979 with five companions. A freak incident put our lives in dire jeopardy. Our outboard stalled in a papyrus forest. I tilted the motor to see if…

The Shepherd vs. The Hired Man

As Father Ed pointed out in last Sunday’s homily, when it comes to taking care of sheep, they are much better off with a real shepherd who cares for them than with someone just in it for the money. In John 10:12 Jesus said, “He who serves for wages, and who is not the shepherd,…

Do I ever lie to myself? Do I believe my own lie?

There were many times when I told myself a lie and believed it, or at the least acted as if it were true. I didn’t like that about myself, so I made a checklist to help me stop lying to myself and help me stop believing my own lies. I would go through the list…