Posts from 2021

Posts from 2021

God’s Gift

When I look back on my favorite Christmas memories, they have nothing to do with snow or expensive presents.  My favorite memories, and what I look forward to the most this Christmas, is spending time with family!  Despite all their craziness and the difficulties that come with cramming so many people into one home… I love it.  I like being able to sit around and catch up…

Christmas Gifts

It is that time of year again. No, not the time of year when you send your kids back to school, or when you expect the weather to warm up after a long winter. In fact, it is quite the opposite. Kids are about to be home for two weeks, the weather is slowly getting colder, and Christmas is finally here.            …

Oh Happy Day!

This has been an exciting week.  On Monday evening, we were sitting around our living room getting ready to say prayers together when someone ran off to do “one thing real quick” and I decided to ask a few Bible questions while we waited.  I remember asking – who is the oldest man in the Bible, and how old was he? (Genesis 5:27) Then I asked about how…

There is a Table

I went to a pretty big High School growing up. It consisted of 7 local communities where all the students gathered together.  At lunch time all of the underclassman gathered in the cafeteria. Seniors were lucky and were able to eat lunch elsewhere. As a freshman, I remember walking into a huge room for lunch. There were hundreds of people in that room and there seemed…

Trust and Obey

In the final analysis, “Trust And Obey” has been the requirement of God from the Garden of Eden until now. For Adam and Eve, it was “be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth” (Genesis 1:28). Eat all the vegetables and fruit you want with the single exception of the fruit of one particular tree. Trust and obey. During the Patriarchal Age God expressed His will to…

Put It Into Practice

When I was in 9th grade, I took my first automotive class. The teachers name was Mr. Summers. He was a nice man but knew when to be firm or even loud. I loved that classroom because it had a very distinct smell of oil and tires at the time. This class was always the last class of the day for the last quarter of the year and the whole point of the class was to build the…

Two Intercessors

I was recently studying the book of Romans and came across something extraordinary. As I prayed and reflected on Romans 8:26, 35, an encouraging truth came to mind – we are never alone in this journey we call Christianity. We are surrounded by brothers and sisters, but sometimes they can seem distant and aloof. Occasionally, our struggles happen in the middle of the…

You Can Do Anything

Our children will often hear the phrase, “You can do anything you put your mind to.” The message from that is if you want something bad enough and work hard enough, anything is possible. The problem with that is that it is not always true since there are many variables that can cause desire and hard work to not bring “anything.”…

Trust

I can’t even begin to imagine the kind of day this person had when they found out that someone played a cruel trick on them.  While in China, I heard about other foreigners going to tattoo shops and asking for a special phrase – but ending up with a tattoo of  外国人 (meaning “foreigner”) permanently inked on the body but, I think “turkey sandwich” might win the day. This…

Resilience

When you were a child, what was a word that was gross or icky to you back then but now sounds a lot better to you? When I was young, “mow the grass” was one of those icky words. That is until I learned I liked mowing the grass as long as it wasn’t on a hill. As I got closer to college the word changed… to Lecture. At that time, I couldn’t stand lectures. Some person would…