An Indistinct Sound

(Originally printed in the Summer 2005 Issue of the MCOI Journal) In 1 Corinthians 14:8, the Apostle Paul drew a word picture for the Corinthian believers when he wrote: “For if the bugle produces an indistinct sound, who will prepare himself for battle?” This passage has been on my mind quite a bit lately. “But why,” someone may ask, “this short passage?” That is a very good question, and one which I have asked myself. … Continue reading

The Week of New Year Tidings

For those of us in the “good ole USA,” the movement of the clock hand from 11:59 p.m. on Sunday to midnight on Monday changed, not only the date of the day, but the month and year as well. With the tick of the minute hand, the calendar made the transition from 2017 to 2018. Did it have any spiritual significance for the masses who were so committed to their celebration or was it just … Continue reading

We Need a Little Christmas

For I’ve grown a little leaner, Grown a little colder, Grown a little sadder, Grown a little older, And I need a little angel, Sitting on my shoulder, Need a little Christmas now (“We Need a Little Christmas 1) Here we are in the final days before celebration of the incarnation. Our outside Christmas lights have been on each night at sundown since Thanksgiving evening. Just about every room inside the house has been dressed … Continue reading

Deadly Cult Stories in the News

(Originally printed in the Spring 2005 Issue of the MCOI Journal) It was one of those “What-is-this-world-coming-to?” news days. A man walked into a church with a gun and blasted away, killing seven people, including the pastor of the church and his son, while critically wounding the pastor’s wife. The shooter was identified as Terry Ratzmann, a member of the Living Church of God (LCOG) in suburban Milwaukee, WI. He was not a Satanist or … Continue reading

The Effects of Lawlessness

Hardly a day passes which doesn’t show us the effects of lawlessness in our culture and how it has changed “normal life.” The effects range from mere “inconveniences” to jeopardizing one’s financial or physical safety. We are not talking about the normal dangers of life per se – human beings have lived with danger and mishaps to varying degrees all down through the centuries. There was a time not all that long ago that women … Continue reading

Dayenu: It Would Have Been Enough

This week is our annual national celebration of Thanksgiving, and for some reason my thoughts turned to an ancient song (about a thousand years old) referred to as Dayenu. This Hebrew word’s approximate English translation is “It would have been enough.” Dayenu is traditionally sung or recited at both Orthodox and Messianic Passover celebrations. Although we as a people still celebrate Thanksgiving, it seems that in many ways we have lost the ability to be … Continue reading