Perfect Peace – Is It Possible?

Larry McAuley

READ : Isaiah 26:1-4 What was in the news this morning? Another plane crash, fear of bio-terrorism, news from the war front? Peaceful? Probably not. This side of heaven there is no perfect peace. We have spent this last month looking at the meaning and practice of trust and the God we must trust if we want perfect peace. As we close the month and turn our thoughts to challenges and events ahead, reflect on verses 3 and 4: “The …

Celebrate Dependence!

Larry McAuley

READ : Psalm 100:1-5 Independence Day is a favorite day in every free nation. Parades with flags and bands and floats. Speeches. Picnics. Dressing up in patriotic colors. And finally at the end of the day, fireworks bursting in proud, astonishing displays of noise and color. All people have known the oppression of living under the rule of an oppressive regime or an outside power. So the joy of freedom and independence surpasses most others. As individuals we love our …

That's Mine!

Larry McAuley

READ : Malachi 3:8-12 A boyhood experience flashed back into my memory as I thought about Malachi 3: Vrroooom! Vrooom! I peeked around the corner to see what my little brother was up to. There he was playing with my truck! With a rush of indignation, I swooped down on him and grabbed my Tonka truck. “That’s mine! You can’t have it!” How long has it been since you flushed with anger at the intrusion by someone on your rights? …

Who's in Charge Here?

Larry McAuley

READ : Daniel 4:28-37 Have you read today’s paper? If you cut out all the articles on the front page about bad news, how much of your paper would be left? Reading or watching the news can be pretty discouraging. It seems that everything goes from bad to worse. Where does it all end? Tell you what-if I thought that people were totally in charge of all that’s going on out there, I’d be really worried! The good news is …

Make a U-Turn

Larry McAuley

READ : John 3:18, 36 Ever been lost in a strange city after dark? It’s no fun! Glaring lights and passenger’s directions confuse you. It is very possible to make a wrong turn. Life is like that. Have you seen the road signs for two-way traffic-one arrow pointing up, the other pointing down? There are two ways in life. One disastrous. The other wonderful. How do we know which way we are heading? Our verses for today spell it out …