fisher of men

Peace Is a Person

One day a father was sitting in his study, attempting to work while keeping an eye on his young son. Looking around for something to occupy the boy, he tore a picture of the earth from the pages of a magazine. Ripping the picture into small pieces, he cupped the shredded blue and green papers in his hands and offered them to the boy as a gift. “Here’s a puzzle for you to put together,” he said. Trotting out of the room to reassemble the puzzle, his son seemed happy with his new assignment. Turning back to his work, the father smiled, confident that at last he could count on some uninterrupted work time. But his sense of satisfaction vanished a short time later when the boy walked back into his study, triumphantly announcing the successful completion of the puzzle. “...

Unlearning the Pursuit of Happiness in Marriage – Crosswalk Couples Devotional – October 15

Unlearning the Pursuit of Happiness in Marriage By: Heather Riggleman Take delight in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart. – Psalm 37:4 Smoke filled my nostrils and burned my eyes sending my body into fight or flight mode. I tell myself it’s just a campfire, it’s just smoke on this cold wintery night. Yet, here I am filled with fear. I am unlearning, unraveling, undoing the memories and the moments of the last camping trip in August. My husband woke me in the middle of the night. Ashen skin and wild eyes; all he could communicate was that he thought it was a heart attack. That night became my worst nightmare as I loaded him and our kids in the truck, racing like Danica Patrick to the nearest hospital. I watched his heart raced to 311 beats a minute and I stoo...

Who Was Deborah in the Bible?

Deborah is one of the most influential women of the Bible.  She is known for her wisdom and courage and is the only woman of the Old Testament who is known for her own faith and action, not because of her relationship to her husband or another man. As a prophet, Judge Deborah was said to hear God’s voice and share God’s Word with others. As a priestess, she did not offer sacrifices, as the men did, but she did lead worship services and preach. Many biblical scholars believe that Deborah was a wife, as well.  However, in Hebrew, the same word is used for “woman” and “wife,” so we don’t know, with certainty, if Deborah was a “woman of Lappidoth” (a place) or the “wife of Lappidoth” (a person). Facts about Deborah in the Bible Her story is told in both prose (Judges 4) and poe...

Sane Reasoning Is Losing the Day

An effort long feared, but widely predicted, has finally surfaced. Last Thursday former Texas representative and 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke said that churches, charities and other religious institutions that oppose same-sex marriage should lose their tax-exempt status. This came with the promise that, if elected president, he will immediately enforce the policy through executive action. His reasoning? “There can be no reward, no benefit, no tax break for anyone or any institution, any organization in America that denies the full human rights and the full civil rights of every single one of us. And so as president, we’re going to make that a priority and we are going to stop those who are infringing upon the human rights of our fellow Americans.” Please read that l...

Be Yourself – Crosswalk the Devotional – October 14

Be Yourself by Stephen Sanders Have you ever had someone tell you to, “Just be yourself and everything will work out”? It sounds so simple doesn’t it?  “Be Yourself.”  What does that even mean? After all, if we could simply “be ourselves,” then wouldn’t the world that surrounds us be a lot different? I often wonder what friendships would be like if we could simply be who we are inside; to not feel so much pressure to be less or more of an individual than we think we are supposed to be. One thing I’ve begun to focus on in recent months is being the same person everywhere I am no matter who I’m around; but that’s a lot easier said that done.    Don’t get me wrong. I totally realize that none of us are...

What Is the True Meaning of Life? Finding Your Purpose in Life from the Creator of Life

We humans are born in this world without knowing exactly who we are (identity), where we come from (origin), why we are here (meaning), what to live for and how we should live (purpose), and where we are going (destiny). The question about the meaning of life has been raised in every generation and investigated throughout history. There have been different views on this matter from different people and cultures. Our understanding on the meaning of life is important because it shapes our way of life. Secular and Christian Views on the Meaning of Life So, what is life all about? Love. Wealth. Happiness. Self-development. Wisdom. Influence. Service. Those are some popular answers we might have heard, and although some views are biblically relevant, could life have deeper meaning? Suppose life...

A Prayer for Christian Boldness – Your Daily Prayer – October 13

A Prayer for Christian Boldness By Alistair Begg “Therefore, although in Christ I could be bold and order you to do what you ought to do” – Philemon 1:8 Heavenly Lord, as we start this New Year, please give us the boldness to follow you in all things. Let your spirit lead us into the future. The Christian will be sure to make enemies. It will be one of his objects to make none; but if doing what is right and believing what is true should cause him to lose every earthly friend, he will regard it as a small loss, since his great Friend in heaven will be even more friendly and will reveal Himself to him more graciously than ever. You who have taken up His cross, don’t you know what your Master said? “I have come to set a man against his father, and a daughter against he...

What Is the Jefferson Bible?

Thomas Jefferson penned the Declaration of Independence, served as the third American president, and is widely considered one of the most influential Founding Fathers of the United States of America. However, many do not know that Thomas Jefferson also created his own version of the Bible. Taking a penknife, he pored over the biblical text in Greek, Latin, French, and English and cut and pasted passages to create what we call The Jefferson Bible. So what exactly is Jefferson’s Bible? And is it, in fact, a Bible at all? Thomas Jefferson in the Age of Enlightenment Thomas Jefferson was firmly rooted in Enlightenment thought. The Age of Enlightenment, which lasted through most of the 17th and 18th centuries, centered around human reason as the measure of all things. The Enlightenment brought ...

New Podcast: “What is Saving Faith?”

On Wednesday Chris Fabry interviewed me on the topic, What is saving faith?  We need this because there is a difference between believing facts and trusting Christ. The picture shows Charles Blondin carrying someone across Niagara Falls in a wheelbarrow. What does that have to do with saving faith? Listen and find out! PS Click here sign up for the free email sermons.

Child-Like Trust in the Lord – Crosswalk the Devotional – October 12

Child-Like Trust in the Lord  by Shawn McEvoy O Lord, my heart is not proud, nor my eyes haughty;Nor do I involve myself in great matters, or in things too difficult for me.Surely I have composed and quieted my soul;Like a weaned child rests against his mother, My soul is like a weaned child within me.Psalm 131:1-2, NAS This song, like many of the Psalms, was written by David – the man who would be Israel’s greatest king. Is David who comes to mind when you think of someone “not involved in great matters” (kingdom conflicts, maybe)? Or unbothered by “things too difficult” (slaying a giant, anyone)? No, to me, this doesn’t really sound like David. Doesn’t really sound like me most of the time either.  Let’s take a quick lo...

Should Christians Honor the Legacy of Columbus?

Probably every American school child old enough to study history has heard the little rhyme: “In October, 1492, Columbus sailed the ocean blue.” The story has often been told of Columbus’ dream of finding the East or Asia by sailing west. He is often held up as an example of someone who set goals for himself and would not give up when obstacles to achieving those goals came his way. He waited at the Spanish court six years before King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella agreed to sponsor his voyage. He persuaded his men to continue their westward voyage even when they threatened mutiny because they had not yet reached the expected islands of the Orient. Certainly Columbus is a model of determination and courage. Yet, the man was much more complex than the stories often reveal. W...

A Prayer to Press On – Your Daily Prayer – October 11

A Prayer to Press On By Sharon Jaynes “Moses my servant is dead. Now then, you and all these people, get ready to cross the Jordan River into the land I am about to give to them—to the Israelites. I will give you every place where you set your foot, as I promised Moses.” – Joshua 1:2-3 It is that sentence “I will give you every place where you set your foot,” that stops me in my tracks every time. God had given the Israelites the land, but they still had to take it. They had to put their foot down. They had to take hold of the promise. I just love miracles. Don’t you? I love reading about times when God mysteriously and supernaturally intervenes in someone’s life—times when what was impossible with man became a reality with God. But almost every time, God performed a miracle...