It has always been true in this world that there are many more poor people than rich people. The talented, the powerful and the good looking seem to accumulate the lion’s share of resources and wealth, while everyone else gets to share the scraps. This is true among individuals, and even true among countries. While this may be the rule of economics and political power, when it comes to spiritual blessings, the opposite seems to be true. God, perhaps aware of the inequities caused by man, has a Read more [...]
Have you ever been afraid? Have you ever had that moment when terror strikes you and you don’t know what to do? This weekend I sat with my daughter and watched back to back horror movies, Insidious 1 and Insidious 2. I will admit that they were a little scary, but at the age of 52, I spent more time analyzing the tricks of the movie makers to instill fear than being sucked into the feeling of terror myself. Two tricks they used, again and again were the use of darkness and surprise. Read more [...]
ASK AND YE SHALL RECEIVE…OR SHALL YE?
One day, many years ago two ten-year-old boys were folding newspapers in preparation for their route. Chuck suddenly announced, “I am going to win that brand new black and white TV the Church is raffling!” The TV was prominently displayed at a TV shop in the next town. It was the latest model and got many more channels than the family TV.
“Really? We don’t get paid until this weekend, Read more [...]
A GOD OF SECOND CHANCES?
Who among us has not blown it big time in our lives; at least once? Who among us has not wished for a do-over or a second chance? Who has not wished we could go back in time, and do things differently to undo the harm caused by a wrong we committed? We have all seen the science fiction films where this is possible, but usually what results is worse than what was the hero was trying to prevent.
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I have the privilege of knowing a young man named Spencer Stone, who achieved some fame when he and two of his friends stopped a terrorist from shooting up a train in France in August 2015. Spencer was seriously injured in the action to subdue the terrorist, but as his buddies were tying up the assailant, Spencer turned his attention to a passenger who was bleeding from the neck. Spencer came come and applied pressure to the wound which included a severed artery.
Spencer, a young man of faith, Read more [...]
In the Declaration of Independence, it is declared, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”
Unfortunately, it seems to be life’s common experience that happiness is more often pursued than achieved. To some, happiness is like the pot of gold at the end of the leprechaun’s rainbow that keeps moving farther and farther Read more [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]