Monthly Archives: February 2014

IT’S FRIDAY. BUT SUNDAY’S COMING! When Everyone Turns Against You


Have you ever felt like everyone was against you?

Your spouse was discontented. Distant.  And disengaged.   Your kids seemed sullen and angry.  Your boss was demanding.  Impossible to please.  A friend betrayed you.  Others turned on you.  No one listened.  Or understood.  Or seemed to care.  People who lauded and praised you a few days ago now turn on you with a spiteful venom.  Those who hailed you as great now want your hide. Continue reading


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A Prayer Request for Jared Thompson


Yesterday we received a call from our daughter in Florida, Rachél Thompson, regarding her husband, Jared. He  was just diagnosed with Diffuse Large B Cell Lymphoma.

Jared recently had a tonsillectomy.  They both, as well as the doctor, had a feeling there was more to this than a normal surgery. A biopsy was performed from the tonsils and they received the results yesterday.  Continue reading


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Saved By The Bible!


Rickey Waggoner’s life was saved by the Bible.  Literally!

Waggoner, a Dayton, Ohio, bus driver, was attacked early Monday morning by three teenagers after his bus broke down.  The 49 year-old public transit driver was shot in the leg, stabbed in the arm, and shot twice at point-blank range in chest.  Continue reading

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The Gospel: Good News!


While away in Florida earlier this month, I got out of the routine of watching the morning and evening shows that I typically watch.  And since returning home, I’ve not gotten back into that habit.

Yesterday, I turned on one of the shows I like to watch, and it was still about the same old news I heard a month a ago!  And a year ago!  Much of it bad news!  Negative news!  Depressing news! Continue reading


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Word of the Week: Good


Our son, Kenny, likes T-shirts.  I don’t know how many he has.  And he may not even know!  But he has lots and lots of T-shirts!

He especially likes T-shirts with a message.  And he likes to give them to others.  Several years ago, Kenny gave Norma Jean and I matching T-shirts with a two-word message: “Do good!”  When ever we wear them, we receive positive comments.  And, of course, we are reminded in a pretty overt way to practice the message we are proclaiming!  Continue reading


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There is an ancient proverb that says “Silence is golden.” Sometimes it’s better to listen. To refrain from responding. To ignore insults. To turn a deaf ear to absurd accusations.

On the most famous Friday in history, we witness an example of such silence. When Jesus was accosted and accused by His enemies, He was noticeably silent.  The prophet Isaiah foretold this. Continue reading


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Three Barriers to Good Communication


“Communication is to love what blood is to the body. When communication stops, love begins to die,’ wrote Dr. Paul Faulkner in his book “What Every Family Needs.”

Several years ago Redbook magazine surveyed 830 marriage counselors to determine the main problems married couples faced. Not surprisingly, communication was number one. My experience supports their conclusion. Often couples feel they have a problem with money, intimacy, or in-laws, but really it’s communication. Jay E. Adams was right when he wrote, “A sound husband and wife relationship is impossible apart from good communication. A healthy relationship between parents and children depends on such communication. Continue reading

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Coping with Communication Challenges

anniversary Trip

Today is Norma Jean’s birthday.

It reminds me of a man who asked his wife, “What would you most like for your birthday?”

She said, “I’d love to be ten again.”

On the morning of her birthday, he got her up bright and early and they went to a theme park. He put her on every ride in the park – the Death Slide, The Screaming Loop, the Wall of Fear. Continue reading


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Michael Sam, Christians and a Homosexual-Driven Culture


“Because I teach ethics and theology, I have read a great many things about homosexuality. For that matter, anyone who reads newspapers or watches TV gets lots of information on the subject these days. Most of it is agenda-driven,” wrote Rubel Shelly, in his weekly Fax of Life. Continue reading


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Word of the Week: Bible


“It is impossible to rightly govern without God and the Bible, once affirmed our first President George Washington.

In his farewell address, September 19, 1796, Washington said, “The propitious smiles of Heaven can never be expected on a nation that disregards the eternal rules of right and order which Heaven itself has ordained. … Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports.” Continue reading

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