ARTICLES

The Hope of the Resurrection
March 26th, 2021
“For if the dead are not raised, not even Christ has been raised. And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is worthless; you are still in your sins. Those, then, who have fallen asleep in Christ have also perished. If we have put our hope in Christ for this life only, we should be pitied more than anyone.” 1 Corinthians 15:16-19The Christian faith hinges on the resurrection of Jesus.  The abo...
A Death Unlike Any Other
March 26th, 2021
Jesus’ crucifixion was not significant because this “was a method of punishment suffered by countless others in those days.” That is a claim made in a letter to a local newspaper. I agree there is nothing very unique about how Jesus died. Thousands of individuals in the first century were executed by this cruel method. There are two reasons, however, why Jesus’ death is extremely unique.The first ...
Connecting Counseling to Disciple-Making
February 25th, 2021
“Plans fail when there is no counsel, but with many advisers they succeed.” Proverbs 15:22 (CSB)In the beginning part of February, we had 14 individuals who participated virtually in the Biblical Counseling Training Conference from Lafayette, Indiana. These trainees spent 40+ hours learning what it means to connect Biblical principles to real life. As Paul tells Timothy in 2 Timothy 3:16-17, “All ...
The Danger of Diversion
February 25th, 2021
Americans seem to have an insatiable hunger for entertainment. Modern technology now allows us to have almost unlimited entertainment options. If nothing arouses our interest on the 200+ television channels the cable company offers, we can always connect to one of the many streaming services that provides a wide variety of entertainment on-demand. When entertainment provides an occasion for family...
Who Do You Trust in Times of Worry and Fear?
January 27th, 2021
Today, many are very concerned and confused about our future. One of the famous quotes by Donald Rumsfeld, who was the Secretary of Defense under Presidents Gerald Ford and President George W. Bush, said, “As we know, there are known knowns—things we know we know. We also know there are known unknowns—things we know we don’t know. But there are also unknown unknowns—things we don’t know we don’t k...
The Folly of Revenge
January 27th, 2021
There was once a tenant farmer who had worked hard for many years to improve the production of the farmland which he leased. One day the owner came to the farmer’s door. He said, “I’m sorry, but you and your family are going to have to move. I cannot renew the lease for next year. My son is getting married next month, and I promised him that once he had a family, I would give him this farm.”The fa...
A Gift That Doesn't Need to Be Earned
December 31st, 2020
In the movie Saving Private Ryan, the government has decided that because three of his brothers have already been killed in action, Private James Ryan (Matt Damon) needs to be discharged from active duty and brought back safely to the United States. Captain John Miller (Tom Hanks) leads the team which has been assigned to find and rescue Private Ryan. In the end, Captain Miller sacrifices his own ...
It's a God!
November 27th, 2020
A group of fourth graders got together and decided to write their own version of the Christmas story. It ended up being a bit more “modern” than the traditional Christmas drama. The cast included most of the familiar members. There was a Joseph, shepherds, three wise men, an angel, and the star propped up in the background. There seemed to be one important character missing, however. Mary was nowh...
A Christmas to Remember
November 27th, 2020
As we go into the Christmas season, it will be different than any other year we have experienced. It will definitely be memorable.Even in our era of internet connections, we may feel less connected than ever before. We have experienced upheaval, strife, and division in our world. There has been widespread loneliness, entering into hospitals alone, and limited in-person contact with family and frie...
Serving for the Glory of God
October 29th, 2020
Father Damien, a Catholic priest from Belgium, served 16 years as a pastor and physician to a leper colony in Hawaii. The lepers had been deported to the island of Molokai by the government and seeing the miserable conditions, Father Damien volunteered to minister there. During those years of service, he improved water conditions, started two orphanages, and provided spiritual and physical comfort...
You Can't Take It with You
October 29th, 2020
Bill, a very rich man, learned that he would die within a few days. He called his three best friends: a doctor, a preacher, and a lawyer to his bedside. He said, "My preacher friend has told me that you can't take it with you, but I believe I have worked out a way so that I can. Doc tells me that I won't live long, so I have prepared three sealed envelopes, each containing $50,000. When I die, I w...
Who Is the Real Thief?
September 24th, 2020
A woman waiting to catch her flight bought herself a bag of mini cookies, settled in a chair in the airport lounge, and began to read her book. Suddenly she noticed the man beside her helping himself to a cookie. Not wanting to make a scene, she read on, ate a couple of cookies, and watched the clock. As the daring "cookie thief" ate two more cookies she got more irritated and said to herself, "If...
Peace in the Midst of Division
September 17th, 2020
This election cycle we feel there are high stakes. There is much division. We're very worried about what happens if one candidate or another gets elected or one party or another gets more power. We have 24-hour news media outlets that play worst-case scenarios everyday. Social media and radio are full of opinions and arguments.In a world where we are looking for hope, is it possible that we contin...
God Helps Those Who Realize They Can't Help Themselves
August 25th, 2020
A man was taking a trip on an old wooden sailing ship. He was out on the deck one day and saw one of the crew members climbing the ropes, going up to the crow’s nest. When the fellow was about half-way up, the ship pitched to one side and he was thrown overboard. As the sailor hit the water, he began to scream for help and flail his arms wildly, struggling to stay afloat. The traveler watched as a...
Missing Meeting Together
August 25th, 2020
As we enter the sixth month of dealing with COVID-19 restrictions, several things have changed at Chisholm Baptist Church. The most significant difference is that numerous people who are part of our congregation have not been attending the worship services at the church. Our Sunday morning attendance has been about two thirds of what it was before the pandemic. Some folks are staying home because ...
The Tongue, a Key To Our Hearts
August 21st, 2020
We have had several Connect groups getting together throughout the summer. These are small groups gathering to encourage one another, pray for one another, and are learning together how our faith in Christ works out practically, in our daily lives. We have been going through the book of James, which has been powerful in helping us do just this.One of the topics that has come up in our study has be...
Smoke Signals of Grace
July 23rd, 2020
The only survivor of a shipwreck was washed up on a small, uninhabited island. He prayed feverishly for God to rescue him, and every day he scanned the horizon for help, but none seemed forthcoming. Exhausted, he eventually managed to build a little hut out of driftwood to protect himself from the elements and to store his few possessions....
How Prayer Affects Us
July 23rd, 2020
“First of all, then, I urge that petitions, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for everyone, for kings and all those who are in authority, so that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity. This is good, and it pleases God our Savior, who wants everyone to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.”1 Timothy 2:1-4 (CSB)Paul wrote these words to Timo...
How Will You Finish Your Story?
July 2nd, 2020
“Saving Mr. Banks” is a delightful film about the story of Walt Disney trying to work with P.L. Travers, the author of “Mary Poppins” to put her story to film. The two clash in every way. Disney is flamboyant and bold and Travers is demanding and persnickety, seemingly without any humor and extremely difficult. The story reveals that “Mary Poppins” was written more about her father than anything e...
Too Busy To Love
July 2nd, 2020
An ethics professor at Princeton Seminary asked for volunteers for an extra assignment. Fifteen students showed up, and he divided the group into three groups of five each. He instructed the first group of five to proceed immediately across the campus to the student union. If they didn't get there in fifteen minutes their grade for this assignment would be negatively affected. A minute or two late...