The story is told of a little child in an African village who got lost when he wandered off into the tall jungle grass. Family and tribe members stomped all day through the thick grass, frantically seeking the lost boy. The end of the day, however, he was not found.
The next day someone suggested every tribe member hold hands so they could comb through the grass without missing any area. Eventually they found the body of the child who had died during the cold night. Continue reading
Today is Memorial Day in the United States. It is a national holiday to honor the memory of fallen soldiers.
It is a day to remember those who have given their lives serving in defending our country. It is a day to reflect on the significance of their sacrifice, the courage of their convictions and their commitment to our country. It is a day to be reminded of the grand history of the USA. And it is a day to accord respect to those who have served with honor. Continue reading
We live in a world when it seems that everything we thought we knew is turned upside down.
Morals. Ethics. Religion. Marriage. Gender. Right and wrong. Good and Evil. And absolute truth have all become targets of subjectivism. We are constantly told, “there is no absolute truth.” That everything is relative. And that each of us have a right to our “own truth.” Continue reading
As we arrived in North Texas Tuesday evening, one of the first greetings we heard was “welcome home” from Steven Estes, one of the Shepherds at the West Main Street Church in Lewisville.
Last night, bone weary, after a very long day of unloading our 20,000 pounds of stuff (and all I did was watch and direct traffic), we were in bed at 9:00 p.m. Norma Jean turned to me and said, “This feels like home.” Continue reading
Jesus is the greatest of all teachers who’ve ever lived. Not just because of what he taught. But how he lived it.
In the profound Mountain Message, the Teacher said, “Blessed are the merciful, For they shall obtain mercy” (Matt 5:7
He did more than command mercy, He demonstrated it. The Holy Spirit reveals one such occasion in Luke 10. “Jesus, Master, Have Mercy on Us” cried 10 men who were lepers. They were outcasts. Untouchables. The pariahs of their day. Afflicted with the worse disease imaginable. Tim Zindale describes this way: Continue reading
Last week both a Real Politics and Ramsmussen Poll showed that most Americans think that our country is on the wrong track. 65% to 68% of the 2500 eligible voters surveyed believe we are heading the wrong way. Accordingly, only 27% felt the country was headed the right direction
However, this is nothing new. I looked back to 2009 and found that over 60% felt the same way then. In fact, one week the poll revealed an 80% dissatisfaction among our populace.
Why are Americans feeling this way? Continue reading
This morning I am surrounded by stuff. Over 250 boxes of stuff! Well, that is what happens when you’re married for almost 48 years! You acquire a lot of stuff. Allied Van Lines has estimated that we have about 20,000 pounds of stuff as we make our move to North Texas.
The King James Version of the Bible actually uses the word “stuff” to describe goods, possessions, belongings or baggage. Continue reading
Norma Jean and I are on the way to a Gospel Meeting in Chillicothe, Ohio, but paused to spend some special time with dear friends, Dave and Nancy Wyckoff in Hillsboro.
The church in Hillsboro was my first “full time’ work as a 22 year old kid, fresh out of college. Brash. Naive. Inexperienced. And idealistic.
The brethren were patient with me and gave me an opportunity to learn, grow and develop some ministry skills. Wednesday night we returned to visit the brethren. Continue reading
When you’re a preacher you get some pretty interesting questions. Particularly from people who are not familiar with the church. One question received several times through the years, especially when we move, has to do with my “calling.”
“When did God call you to preach?”
“How were you called?”
“Did you feel called to move to Texas?” Continue reading
When you think you’ve experienced more challenges than you can handle and your failures are crying for you to quit, consider this man.
In ‘16 His family was forced out of their home. He had to work to support them.
In ‘18 His mother died.
In ‘31 Failed in business. Continue reading