Today, I want to give you a snippet of why I am convinced of the reality of God and His Son, Jesus Christ. My faith is built on my belief that God hears and answers prayer. Psalm 66:5 states, "Come and see what our God has done, what awesome miracles he performs for people!" Let... Continue Reading →
Mom taught me the real message of being a good neighbor, for she loved the Lord, and she took His command to take care of the least among us literally. She did not do it expecting that Jesus was keeping a score sheet and that she would get a bigger crown in Heaven than others. Instead, she lived by the words in James 2: 17-18, "Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead. But someone will say, “You have faith, and I have works.” Show me your faith without your works, and I will show you my faith by my works."
"Where was God?" It is a question I hear a lot as a Christian when attempting to comfort someone after the loss of a loved one or a horrifying event. I find it a difficult question, mainly because I do not have an answer. The reasons why suffering occurs is as much one of my... Continue Reading →
This blogging idea has stressed me out, and admittedly, it may be because I have such high expectations for everything I do. I am thankful for the followers that we have, and I want to justify their faith in my talents by learning to blog well. The reason I began a blog was that I... Continue Reading →
Sometimes, I struggle with thankfulness this time of year. Now, despite my age, I have great health. My parents lived to 93+, so I have great genes. I am married to a great lady and we own a house and have a plan to retire with enough money, having mostly recovered from a devastating... Continue Reading →
Like David in the 23rd Psalm, I have been blessed amazingly through the years. In his great psalm of praise to the Good Shepherd who provided protection, provision, and prosperity to him, he says, "The Lord is my shepherd. I have everything I need" (Psalm 23:1). In a world where people seem to never tire of consuming "stuff," it is rare to hear someone say that they have all that they need or want. I am blessed to be one of them, as my cup truly overflows with blessings unimaginable just a few years ago: a caring and loving husband, the self-sufficiency of my children, the ability to fulfill my calling through teaching, and good health.
“That is Rat Poison” said the well known successful football coach. On hearing this, I went from B listening mode to A. Listening further, I gathered that the reporter had asked something nice about how the team felt about being highly ranked and likely to win the championship. Why would the coach respond to the... Continue Reading →
When I first read the command to love your enemy and pray for those who persecute you, I thought I must have the wrong version of the Bible. Someone must have changed some parts of my Bible, because loving someone who causes you pain just did not seem even possible, let alone reasonable. I wanted... Continue Reading →
One of the saddest outcomes in life is to miss fulfilling one's destiny, for the world needs for everyone to complete the assignment they were born to do. I have learned some lessons over my life that I hope will help you reach your destiny a lot faster than I did. Lesson One: Do not... Continue Reading →
Sometimes our hurts, heartbreaks, fears, and frustrations blind us to the positive aspects of our situations and we cannot get past thinking that God is causing us to suffer without offering us help for the journey ahead. Instead, we should take time to reflect on what is good in our lives and how God's hands of mercy and grace may be working for our good, to turn the situation around.