Had It with Payback Pain?

By: Steve Brown on Wednesday December 26, 2018

People are, for instance, rarely “good for goodness’ sake.” They are good because there is usually a payback. Conversely, people are rarely evil for evil’s sake. There is a payback in that instance too. In fact, this is only for those who are worn out by religious promises that don’t...

You Can Miss It If You Try

By: Steve Brown on Monday December 24, 2018

A president by the name of Abraham Lincoln lived in an Illinois log cabin. An organist and choirmaster by the name of Johann Sebastian Bach served a small church in Germany. An ambitious adventurer by the name of Napoleon came up from the armies of France. A Reformer by the name of Martin Luther...

Finding the Christmas Spirit

By: Steve Brown on Wednesday December 19, 2018

At any rate, if I get the “Christmas spirit” it rarely ever comes from the traditions of Christmas. (I do like those okay, though, and there is a nice and kind of homey feeling to them which I enjoy.) I don’t get the Christmas spirit from being religious either. I’m more likely to feel the...

Steve’s Devotional - Waiting in the Dark

By: Steve Brown on Monday December 17, 2018

You’ll find Simeon’s story in Luke 2:25-35. If you were a Jew in Jerusalem in the early part of the first century, you would most likely visit the temple on several occasions and notice an old man hanging out near the main entrance. “Who’s that old man?” you might have asked a friend....

Grace: The Heart of God

By: Steve Brown on Wednesday December 12, 2018

Grace does more than that though. I hate religion (and I’m a religious professional) because I’ve seen what toxic religion can do to people. It is the very nature of religion to draw us toward what is inappropriate and unbiblical. As Christians, we’re told that we must be nice, kind, honest...

Steve’s Devotional – What is God Really Like?

By: Steve Brown on Monday December 10, 2018

God is sovereign and no action will ever thwart his ultimate will. What God decides to do, he does. And if that is true, we don’t have to defend him or cover his bets. Yet that is exactly what we try to do sometimes. What God decides to do, he does. And if that is true, we don’t have to defend...

Christmas: Before and After on Steroids

By: Steve Brown on Wednesday December 5, 2018

I also have to record a week of Christmas programs for the daily Key Life program this week. So I actually have to do Christmas twice. Come to think about it, make that three times. Last week Pete and I recorded a Friday Q & A program for the Christmas season. So by the time you read this...

Steve’s Devotional - How to be Christmas to the World

By: Steve Brown on Monday December 3, 2018

However I think the real reason I’m a bit more into Christmas is that God has been teaching me that I don’t have to be so much in control. Actually it’s a deeper lesson than that. He’s teaching me that my efforts to control things are silly because I never was and never will be in control of...