LIVE EACH DAY AS IF IT COULD BE YOUR LAST

A few days ago, my friend Sue, woke up and agreed to take a ride to the mountains with her best friend. It was a wonderful trip. On the way home, one of the drivers made a split second bad decision, and both Sue and her best friend are no more. It was instantaneous. I praise God that Sue spent the last years of her life going to church, volunteering for the choir and making things to give to the poor and the unfortunate. She died with a testimony on her lips, a song in her heart, and good works on Read more [...]
 

THE ENDS DO NOT JUSTIFY THE MEANS

Right this minute at 9:00 a.m. it is 79 degrees and sunny out on my deck. My dog is sitting peacefully on the chair enjoying the nice weather and I am about to go to work. The problem for my dog is that I am disrupting her beautiful rest on the comfortable chair and putting her into our dark garage. WHY????!!!! She wonders if she is in trouble or has done something wrong. She has no way of knowing, and I have no way of explaining to her that I must go to work now, and won’t return until 6 P.M. Read more [...]
 

ROTTEN ON THE INSIDE?

I have a number of large oak trees on my property. My wife called me at work and told me that she heard a loud cracking noise and that one of the trees had fallen down. I immediately suspected a tree in my back yard which died last year. We haven’t got around to cutting it yet. But no, it was a tree in my front yard that was seemingly strong and healthy. The tree leans at an angle to get itself some sun, but it is at least 50 or 60 years old and was seemingly sturdy and solid. The leaves were green Read more [...]
 

INDEPENDENCE DAY

                On July 4th, Americans celebrate Independence Day, since this was the day the American Colonists signed the Declaration of Independence. They declared that they and not England had the right to rule the American lands from that day forward. Truthfully, though independence was declared by a document that day, it had to be fought for with blood, sweat and tears.  Furthermore, the American people did not go from a set of laws imposed by the King, to anarchy, but rather Read more [...]
 

HOW WILL THEY HEAR HIS VOICE?

HOW WILL THEY HEAR HIS VOICE? In Western society we live in a technical culture that doubts the existence of the supernatural. Our democratic and sexually libertine culture has also challenged and turned on its head Christian teaching about purity, chastity, monogamy between one man and one woman and a host of other Christian “house rules” which were once, but now no longer, part of our secular tradition as well as our church teaching. In fact, in the West, sexual freedom with the right to easy Read more [...]
 

COMBATTING LONELINESS IN A TECH FILLED WORLD

It wasn’t very long ago that the world existed without smart phones and the internet. I made it into early adulthood without being able to instantly contact whoever I wanted to wherever I was. I was unable to snap pictures of who I was with, what I was eating and where I was going, and instantly share it with the world on my social media page. If I was wondering what my best friend was up to, I couldn’t check his Instagram, or look at his profile or send a text. I had to go into the kitchen and Read more [...]
 

WATCHMEN IN THE NIGHT

                As part of our Jubilee Year of Mercy pilgrimage (more on that in an upcoming post), my wife and I decided to make a day trip to the New Clairvaux Winery/Abbey in Vina, California. From our house, it is a beautiful 2 ½ hour drive through countryside and orchards to arrive at the very tiny community of Vina. According to the employee pouring us various samples of Chardonnay and Rose wines, Vina was once owned by Leland Stanford and used as the center of his wine making Read more [...]
 

DIRTY FEET AND DAILY CONFESSION

Often in the Summer time when it is hot outside, I prefer to wear sandals while mowing my lawn. This prevents me from getting grass stains all over my white tennis shoes. The problem is, my feet are green instead! More about this in a moment. At Bible Study, we read the story in John 13 of Jesus washing His disciples’ feet. You know the story. Jesus and His disciples are in the Upper Room having the Last Supper, and in the middle of dinner Jesus gets up, takes off his outer garment, wraps a Read more [...]
 

PESSIMISM AND HOPE

Never in my life have I felt so despondent and grim about the future of this country and the world. My atheist friends will point out that my depression stems from my belief that there is an all-powerful God who has moral expectations for us, and the willingness to punish His children when they go astray. Sometimes that punishment is the absolute destruction of the people in rebellion. If I could cast off my faith in God, shred His laws, and run with how I feel and what makes me happy, my despondency Read more [...]
 

SURELY GOODNESS AND MERCY SHALL FOLLOW ME

These words, “Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life” are a wonderful sentiment taken from the last verse of our most beloved Psalm 23. In the past, I always used to interpret these words as something to the effect of “If I am a child of God, God’s Goodness and Mercy will be with me through the rest of my life.” Certainly, that is a true statement. We have already seen how when the LORD is our shepherd He sustains us, guides us, communicates with us, protects Read more [...]