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I’m Fine and Other Lies


I lived in China for 18 years. One of the things I appreciated about Chinese culture was the way people greeted each other in passing. The Chinese greet each other saying, “Have you eaten yet?” It’s easy enough to answer. There’s no glossing over how you really feel. You simply say yes or no!

Americans, on the other hand, say, “How you doing?” Ught oh. Now we have a potential problem. The standard and expected answer is, “I’m fine, thanks.” However, “I’m fine” is not always true! How many times has your mouth uttered the words, “I’m fine,” but inside you thought, “You really want to know?” But try to stop and tell someone how you’re really doing, and see how well it goes!

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Hung by the Tongue

  They say you need a permit to carry a concealed weapon, but the truth is everyone is packing a loaded tongue! Proverbs 18:21 says, “Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.” You have the ability to release death and life. That’s […] Continue reading →

Can I See Your ID?

  Recently as I was recording one of my radio episodes, I found myself making quite a bold statement: “Don’t call yourself a Christian if you’re not living a godly life. I’m not judging you, and it may be true that you’re indeed a Christian. But if you’re not living for the Lord, don’t embarrass […] Continue reading →

What’s Your Story?

   When Jesus made His triumphal entry into Jerusalem, the crowds shouted, “Hosanna!” (John 12:13). This means, “save” or “rescue,” and it was shouted in the form of praise to the One they believed would free them from the Roman occupation. Not long after that, however, they turned around and shouted, “Crucify Him!” They got […] Continue reading →

Hope in the Word

   …In his word do I hope (Psalm 130:5) The title of this post may not seem to be terribly exciting, because it sounds like a religious cliché. We all know we’re supposed to place our hope in God and His Word, and it is easy to hear this and just respond with, “yes I […] Continue reading →

Are You Living in the Lie or the Truth?

   Wherefore I give you to understand, that no man speaking by the Spirit of God calleth Jesus accursed: and that no man can say that Jesus is the Lord, but by the Holy Ghost 1Corinthians 12:3. There are two different ways to speak about Jesus in this verse. One is a lie, and the […] Continue reading →

Romans 13 and Bad Government

   Given the existence of so much corrupt power in the world, and during the reign of the cruel emperor Nero, how is it that Paul could write so favorably about government in Romans 13? On the surface, the first seven verses of Romans 13 appear to give generic instructions on submitting to authorities because […] Continue reading →