Category Archives: Spiritual Life

A Staement of Trust

Years ago, Billy Joel did a song called, A Matter of Trust. Good song! Trust is easy – until it’s put to a test. When the circumstances are not what we have in mind, our trust becomes a precarious cliff that we walk the edge of until we either move to secure ground or dive headlong into the abyss.  But… (more…)

Waiting for Something to Happen

Did you ever experience one of those periods of life when it seemed you were waiting for something to happen that would move life forward somehow. You looked down the road of your life . . . looking for a sign you couldn’t name or an answer to a prayer you dare not ask. Jackson Browne starts out the song,… (more…)

Fake Raisin Bran

When I was a boy, my sisters and I would usually spend some time each summer at our grandma’s house in northeast Oklahoma . She lived out in the country. I always liked going there. Granddad had lots stuff that a boy would find cool. My favorite thing was a lamp that sat on the table beside his chair. The… (more…)

What Goes Around – Comes Around

One day, my daughter Hope cried out, “But that’s not fair!” In my frustration I replied, “When you were born and you opened your little blue eyes in the delivery room, where was the sign that said, ‘Welcome to the world, this is a fair place, enjoy!’ I was there, but I don’t remember seeing the sign!” I think we… (more…)

The Influence of Denial

When I was in the 4th grade a kid who went by the initials J.B. decided to make it his mission to harass me. So he bullied me around and picked on me, nothing too mean, just a hassle. One day it escalated into treatment that was more physical. He held me on the ground and tried to force me… (more…)

What Can YOU Do?

This week of remembering the events of 9/11/2001 has been accented with stories of heroes, as it should be. We need more heroes.Men who care about their kids more than themselves are heroic. Moms who sacrifice their own desires for those of their husbands are heroic. Ministers who bravely and clearly declare truth for the sake of the gospel and… (more…)

Love the Lord – Part IV

Last Saturday, in the middle of the night, Rhonda screamed. Not a word, it was one of those terror filled girl screams. (Yes, living with Rhonda is an adventure.) I was standing on the floor before my eyes were open. She was crying and screaming, “Someone is in here.” I still couldn’t see anyone, but surmised that she had been… (more…)

Love the Lord – Part III

I drive a 1990 Plymouth Laser. It’s a nice little sports car with a strong engine. It can go fast. I’ve had it for about 8 years. I’ve put about 10 or 11 alternators on it in that length of time. (I know!) The first time I replaced it, the job took about 6 hours. (Have I told you how… (more…)

Love the Lord – Part II

During the summer when I was 15 I got very sick. Due to a severe frontal sinus infection, I was having severe headaches and was unable to keep food down. I lost a lot of weight and was very weak. It was the first time that I had ever been really sick in my life. The Dr. prescribed some strong… (more…)

Love the Lord – Part I

Over the next four weeks, I’m going to do a series of articles that speak to the “Greatest Command.” I’m not sure that I’ve ever heard a sermon or lesson that attempts to put feet on this passage. We all know the passage, but to express the meaning of it is difficult. I’m not saying I’ve figured it all out,… (more…)