Showing posts from December, 2014

Murder, Mayhem, Madness, And "More"

No matter how many years God allows this earth to exist before He ends it (2 Peter 3:10), as long as there are sinful and ungodly people living on this sphere called earth, there will always be murder, mayhem, and madness. But thanks to God's abundant mercy and grace (Hebrews 4:15-16), there will also be "more." What is the "more" you ask?

Renew For The New Year

Of course you already have decided on resolutions for the New Year. But then you know that by February …. they will more than likely all be broken. Not to worry. We are simply trying our best.  We feel better about ourselves when we at least make an effort to improve ourselves. Good for us!

"Life's A Supermarket"

"Life’s a supermarket
With shelf that can contain
Chaos and Confusion
Worry, Grief, and Pain.

"Love Your Neighbor As Yourself"

The story is told that one day a man was walking down a long hot road. He came to a shade tree and decided to sit down and rest awhile. When he sat down, he saw a sign upon which was written, “Come inside the gate where there is a cool spring.” Once he went inside the gate to get a drink, he saw a basket of apples with a sign upon which was written, “If you like apples — eat some.” The man met the owner and found out that he enjoyed meeting people and helping his fellow man. The event inspired the man, S.W. Foss, to write the following poem, "The House By The Side Of The Road":


"Laugh and the world laughs with you;
Weep, and you weep alone;
For the sad old earth must borrow its mirth,
But has troubles enough of its own.

A Sweeter Song

Do you spend most of your time trying NOT to think about sin? Do you spend your time engaged in serious and difficult battles in your mind, trying to find some way to get past a sin without entertaining it? Certainly, there is a war going on, and we will find ourselves in epic battles against the ministers of Satan and all that is in the world which tries to drag us into sin and destruction (Ephesians 6:12), but how much easier those battles would be if we spent our time thinking about and committing to those things which please the Lord (John 8:28-29).

"Wait On The Lord"

In going through my late wife’s possessions after she passed from this life in 2013, I found her pocket-size King James Bible. She had bookmarked the following Psalm by David, emphasizing David’s confidence in God (Psalm 27 KJV). I know this Psalm must have been a great comfort to Nancy during the many struggles and trials she had to face and go through in this life.

"First Things First"

Recently a learned man made the following statement: “We worship our work, we work at our play, we play at our worship.” We believe this is a fair appraisal of folk in our time. Too often, that which is first is, alas, last!

A Lack Of Repentance

Repentance is a change of heart resulting in a change of mind or mindset (Jonah 3). Even though we know we have sinned beyond any doubt, how difficult it is for us to change because our pride is at stake. But pride is the territory of small children. As we grow older, we should overcome our stubbornness, our outrageous ego, and our desire to have to always be first, right or biggest!


"People are unreasonable, illogical, and self-centered,

Never Live In The State Of "Tomorrow"

Sadly, there are many people in our world who live in the state of “tomorrow.” By that term, I mean those folks who put off until tomorrow what they should (and could) have done “today.” Remember, “tomorrow” is not promised (James 4:13-15. cf. 1 Corinthians 16:7).

Make The Most Of Life!

As we grow older, have we ever felt that we are not needed? If we have, know that we are greatly needed by those who need help along life’s troublesome (and many times, extremely harsh) way. The following poem by an unknown author encourages us to provide whatever help we can to folks with whom we interact in our every day Christian walk. May God be glorified as we let our light so shine before men (Matthew 5:16; cf. Luke 10:25-37):

When God Storms In

A favorite image for God in several of the psalms is that of a thunderstorm. God’s power is violent and turbulent as a tornado. The thunderstorm represents God as a physical manifestation of His mighty power. Using natural phenomena to evoke an experience of the divine is not unusual in the Hebrew Scriptures. Psalm 29:3-9 is a hymn to God, presenting His manifestation in the thunderstorm:


The outstanding characteristic of our time is ignorance. Oh, we have definitely gathered more information and learned how to do far more than any people who have ever lived. But we are still in error and ignorance because we have not bothered to learn God’s word. Jesus said to the Sadducees, “You are mistaken, not understanding the Scriptures, nor the power of God” (Matthew 22:29 NASB).

If We're Too "Busy" To Talk To People, We're Too Busy!

A little over a year ago, I met a lady at our local school district’s main office where I am employed, who we will call Janet. Janet was a very outgoing individual, and because she was, she and I would converse on a short term basis every morning when I delivered mail to the accounts payable department where she worked. We would talk about our families, world, national and local events, giving our views on what problems needed to be solved and how to solve the problems. Her solutions were common sense based.

More Than Sundays

Many people who profess to be Christians also believe that merely attending services on the major holidays …. Christmas, Easter, and perhaps when there is a special service or a visiting speaker …. is good enough.

Is It Mother Nature?

We have the most amazing view from our sun room. I love the sunrise as we begin a new day; the glow of the city lights at night and the orange and purple sunsets. The moon is amazing and I do believe I can see a man up there smiling at me! Everything outdoors seems so very much alive. There’s movement, changing colors and sounds.

Three "Walks"

In Ephesians 5, there are three “walks”mentioned. Each one of these “walks” is very important, not only for us to consider, but to make a daily application of in our lives as followers of Christ.

A Beautiful View Of Immortality

The emotions of sorrow and lamentation are not Christian tributes at the death of a faithful loved one, simply because the informed Christian knows that death is in reality a "victory" (John 16:33; Romans 8:35-39; cf. Revelation 15:1-2).

Asking God For Wisdom To Make Right Choices

The story is told of six mean looking motorcyclists who pulled into a highway café parking lot late one evening. Inside the café, they found only a waitress, a cook, and a truck driver — a little guy who was sitting on a counter stool quietly eating his supper.

"Lord, Help Us To Be People Who Encourage"

The story is told of a little 6-year-old girl who was beginning her first ice-skating lessons. Her grandparents were in attendance to give her encouragement. As she skated around the ice rink, she took quite a few falls. But her instructor was always right there to pick her up and encourage her. Other skaters stopped to tell her she was doing well. Her mom and dad were watching from the sidelines, cheering her on. The little girl had plenty of patient instruction and support, so whenever she fell on the ice, she immediately got right back up and kept on trying.

"Let Me Live Another Day And I Will Live The Way I Pray"

"I knelt to pray when day was done
And prayed, O Lord, bless everyone,
Lift from each saddened heart the pain
And let the sick be well again.

How Does A Homeless Man Spend $100?

How does a homeless man spend $100? We might be surprised as to what he spends it on. I know I was.

A Prayer

Oh, not for more or longer days, dear Lord,
My prayer shall be —
But rather teach me how to use the days
Now given me.

Handling The Problems That Come Our Way

It should not surprise us when problems come our way, for these are just a part of life. A few years ago, I emailed a close friend, who was having difficulty in finding a suitable job for his talents, and told him, “Yes, life is always full of decisions, isn’t it? Very little peace and tranquility down here on this globe. After a person gets to old age, you’d think that life would settle down a bit, but it never does. There’s always something to contend with, whether it’s a marriage relationship, health problems, job challenges, or church problems.

I Wish I Would Pray Like I Eat

I can’t think of a day in my life that I went without food and didn’t notice it. And except for a few times of sickness, you would be hard pressed to find me on a day that I haven’t eaten numerous times. If I go for a couple of hours without eating, I know it, and generally get a bite of something. But I can go a whole day or more and not pray and it can escape my notice.

On Finding Abiding Joy

Our world offers “passing pleasures” (Hebrews 11:25), but our Lord gives us full and lasting joy (John 15:11). Pleasure is dependent on outward circumstances, but joy is inward and is not disturbed by one’s environment.

What's So Merry About Christmas?

What’s so Merry about Christmas? Was Scrooge right about Christmas? Is there simply too much “Bah Humbug” in the world? We have all been told about the stress and related disorders that are associated with the holiday season. Then of course, it isn’t politically correct to say “Merry Christmas” any more. After all, Christmas should be Christ centered. We don’t want to offend anyone that does not recognize Jesus as Lord….now do we? Or should we?

On Quenching Our Thirst

A few years ago, El Paso experienced close to forty-one days of one hundred degree temperatures or above. Senior citizens were cautioned to stay inside their homes in order to prevent dehydration and possible heat stroke.

"The Last Hug"

The following well-written article was written by Arnold Kelley, preacher for the Laurel congregation in Laurel, Mississippi. You can find his article in the April-June edition of “The Magnolia Messenger” on page 9. In his article, Brother Kelley emphasizes our need to think about the fact that every day we live, might be our last day on earth. Thus, we need to realize the importance of each day that we live:

Looking At Electronic Addictions

The Live Science website reports that a 2006 article in the journal Perspectives in Psychiatric Care said the Internet can “promote addictive behaviors.” We know there are all kinds of addictions — drugs, alcohol, sex, tobacco, etc. As an example, television can be used as a great tool in acquiring information for school reports, or some other educational use — and for wholesome entertainment. However, for some people, the watching of television has become an addiction, especially for those individuals who “must” see their daily “soaps.

Wisdom And The Preexistent Christ

In Proverbs 8, we see wisdom as being “possessed” by the Lord “in the beginning” (Proverbs 8:22 KJV; John 1:2) — the same Lord who is the [Logos] Word — the creative agent, instrumental in the creation of all things (John 1:3; Psalm 33:6).

"While Men Slept"

Jesus once gave an explanation for the presence of weeds in a field of wheat in Matthew 13:25 — “while men slept.” While men slept, the enemy came and sowed weeds in the wheat. Similarly, in our country, "while men slept," abortion became an acceptable means of population control, homosexuality became an acceptable life style, sex outside marriage became common behavior, teenage pregnancy reached epidemic proportions (stats here and here), our society grew addicted to pornography and gambling (stats and article). Alcoholism and drugs became the number one health problem (stats and article) — "while men slept."

A Brief Reminder To All Nations

In Psalm 117, we find the following words recorded: “Praise the Lord, all you Gentiles! Laud Him, all you peoples! For His merciful kindness [love] is great toward us, and the truth of the Lord [faithfulness] endures forever. Praise the Lord!

On Protecting Our Children

The story is told of a man who owned and operated a sign company. Some of his signs were life-size cardboard pictures of kids, which he put close to the street. As motorists drove down the street, they thought the cutouts were real children and began to lower their speed. Now the owner sells the cardboard kids to parents who want to slow down speeding drivers in their area.

What Is A Home Without A Bible?

The following poem by an unknown author asks the question, “What is a home without a Bible?” and then answers the question.

Let's Throw Someone A Flower!

The story is told of a little girl who wore a white frock and was carrying a large bouquet of flowers. As she passed by a boy who was playing in the dusty street, he saw how she was dressed. Having a mischievous spirit, the boy threw a handful of dirt at the little girl, striking her white dress.

The Wooden Bowl

Children are remarkably perceptive. Their eyes are ever observant; their ears are always listening; their minds are always processing the messages they absorb. If they see us patiently provide a happy home atmosphere for family members, they will imitate that attitude for the rest of their lives (Ephesians 6:1-3; cf. Exodus 20:12). The wise parent realizes that every day, building blocks are being laid for the child’s future.

"Another Year Is Dawning"

"Another year is dawning,
Dear Master, let it be,
In working, or in waiting,
Another year with Thee.

On Making Prejudgments

One of the major obstacles we have in our showing compassion to those in need, is making prejudgments about who we “think” is worthy of our compassion. Jesus addressed the problem in a parable that’s been labeled, “The Good Samaritan,” in order to answer the following question that a lawyer posed: “Who is my neighbor?” (Luke 10:25,29).

On Finishing The Race Of Our Life

Fox's Book Of Martyrs contains detailed accounts of Christian martyrs — those who were told to deny their faith but refused — thus suffering horrific deaths.

Ten Tidbits Of Wisdom

A few years ago, I received the following ten tidbits of wisdom from one of my Christian friends via email. I have added appropriate Scriptures and article links:

"Looking Unto Jesus"

One of the most compelling phrases in the book of Hebrews is found in Hebrews 12:2 KJV: “Looking unto Jesus.” The New American Standard Bible renders this phrase, “Fixing our eyes on Jesus“ (Hebrews 12:2 NASB).

Keep Telling It Like It Is!

It is difficult to be the one who is the bearer of unwelcome news isn‘t it? For example, the weatherman can sometimes upset people just by predicting that it’s going to rain on a scheduled football game weekend. It’s not his fault, yet he still takes the heat for bringing the unwelcome message.

Let's Have "More" Of Christ!

While we know that Christmas is not to be celebrated as a religious holiday, there is still an important component in the word “Christmas” that we need to consider. It’s indeed sad that there are many “politically correct” entities in our country who want to take “Christ” out of the word Christmas and replace it with the word “holidays” so as not to “offend” anyone. In fact, in most advertisements we see on television, the word Christmas is no longer heard.

To Know "A Man"

Isaiah 32:2 speaks of “A man will be as a hiding place from the wind, And a cover from the tempest, As rivers of water in a dry place, As the shadow of a great rock in a weary land.

Do We Know "The Homeless" Person?

In Fanny J. Crosby’s beautiful hymn, “Tell Me the Story of Jesus,” Ms. Crosby describes the Savior in terms of Isaiah 53: “He was despised and afflicted,” and then adds, “homeless, rejected, and poor.” In the second verse of this very beautiful and moving song, my eyes focus on the word “homeless,” and think about all of the connotations our society gives to this term.

The Thankful Heart

For all that God in mercy sends —
For health and children, home and friends,
For comfort in the time of need,
For every kindly word or deed,
For happy thoughts and holy talk,
For guidance in our daily walk;
— In everything give thanks!

When The Children Have Grown Up

One of these days you’ll shout, “Why don’t you kids grow up and act your age?” And they will. Or, “You guys get outside and find yourself something to do …. And don’t slam the door.” And they won’t. You’ll straighten up the boy’s bedroom neat and tidy …. Bumper stickers discarded …. Spread tucked and smooth …. Toys displayed on the shelves. Hangers in the closet. Animals caged. And you’ll say out loud, “Now, I want it to stay this way.” And it will.

Pointing Our Children To Jesus

Each child that is born into this world has the potential for godliness and even greatness in the Lord’s kingdom (note the heroes of faith in Hebrews 11:1-40). However, the traits today’s children need to guide a future society will not come by accident, but through diligent and godly parenting (cf. Genesis 18:17-19; Luke 2:39-52; 2 Timothy 1:3-5; 2 Timothy 3:13-15).

Conflicting Loyalties

When a Christian tries to live a "double life" spiritually speaking (Matthew 23:27-28), he is anything but blessed. In fact James tells us that such a man is “a double-minded man — unstable in all his ways” (James 1:8; cf. James 4:8).

God's Word As The Last Word!

Sleep researchers tell us that we spend approximately 30 percent of our lives sleeping — or at least trying to sleep. Today there are more than 300 sleep disorder clinics in the United States. There are also approximately 40 percent of American adults who snore, and they spend about $200 million a year on anti-snoring remedies.

"Is God's Word Enough?"

Brother David Diestelkamp, one of the writers of the online Christian publication, “Think On These Things,” has asked a soul-penetrating question in his article entitled, “Is God’s Word Enough?

Serving Up The Very Best To God

Can we imagine inviting guests over for dinner and then throwing a few leftovers into the microwave to serve them? If we were to do that, would it not speak volumes about how we really feel about them and their importance to us?

Let's Not Be "Simpletons"

In today’s religious world, there are false teachers and teachings almost everywhere we look. If we are unfamiliar with God’s word, we can easily be deceived by these false teachings (Romans 16:17-18; Ephesians 4:14; Titus 1:9-10). For example, I noticed a religious article today, in which the false teaching of "grace alone" was being promoted (see second paragraph – note the statement, “not in accordance with the Word of God, which says that salvation is by grace alone“). The author quoted from Acts 15:11, which states: “But we believe that through the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ we shall be saved in the same manner as they.

Looking At the Eyes Of God

Throughout the Bible, there are many aspects of God’s eyes that are revealed to us. Here are fifteen such aspects. Knowing that God is the possessor of all of the above eyes, let us follow the inspired instructions of the apostle Paul in Ephesians 5:15-17:

And God Said, "No"

I asked God to take away my pride,
And God said, “No.”
He said it was not for Him to take away,
But for me to give up.

Secular Humanism Or Christianity?

Christian Post reporter, Lillian Kwon, reports that apologist Ken Ham, president of Answers in Genesis, believes that secular humanism is winning out over Christianity (see here).

"If You Haven't Got Anything Nice To Say....."

We remember the rest of this line, don’t we? Momma always used to say, “If you haven’t got anything nice to say about someone, don’t say anything at all.” I think Momma knew the words of the wise man:

To Live Without Faith In Jesus......

Someone has said that to live without faith in Jesus, would be like climbing a ladder without hands. Without faith in the Lord and in His direction, we would be no better off than bodies in a cemetery.

"For Faith Is The Strength Of The Soul Inside"

"It is faith that bridges the land of breath
To the realm of the souls departed,
That comforts the living in days of death,
And strengthens the heavy-hearted.