Scripture references from translations as noted Luke 18:9-14 in The Message reads like this as Jesus is speaking: “He told his next story to some who were complacently pleased with themselves over their moral performance and looked down their noses at the common people: ‘Two men went up to the Temple to pray, one a … Continue reading Look At Me!
Recommended Reading: Exodus 23:20-33 We live in an era where our lives move very fast. We tend to want what we want when we want it - and that is usually NOW! I have noticed that the virtue of patience seems to have dimmed substantially in most people these days. Think about it...we get in … Continue reading HURRY, HURRY, HURRY!
#1 - When you are in a casual relationship with someone - friends, co-workers, neighbors, etc. - you are both pretty much free to “do your own thing.” Those relationships allow each person to make decisions and live life as they prefer. Yes, there may be times you need to coordinate efforts to allow positive, … Continue reading Relationship Success
Happy 245th Birthday America! I believe that being a citizen of the United States of America is one of the most wonderful things a person can claim. This is a nation that was founded for the freedom of religion as well as an opportunity to live life more economically successful. As I read some … Continue reading Let Freedom Ring!
(Recommended Reading: Isaiah 3:8-12) Yes, there is Trouble all right, and not just in River City. (If you ever saw “The Music Man”, you will get what I mean by that.) I do not like to write things that come across really negatively, but there are some hard facts that we had better face up … Continue reading TROUBLE WITH A CAPITAL “T”
(Recommended Reading: 2 Samuel 13 - 19:18 - Quotes from NLT) In my Mother’s Day article I said: “We do not read the impactful kind of stories in the Bible about Mothers like we do about Fathers.” There are so very many stories in the Bible about fathers - some of them are examples of … Continue reading A Father’s Love
(Recommended Reading: Matthew 25:31-46) “…we know that when these bodies of ours are taken down like tents and folded away, they will be replaced by resurrection bodies in heaven—God-made, not handmade—and we’ll never have to relocate our “tents” again. Sometimes we can hardly wait to move—and so we cry out in frustration. Compared to what’s … Continue reading An Eye On Eternity
(Scripture references from translations as noted) For weeks I read and studied the prophets Isaiah, Ezekiel and Jeremiah. Those guys were truly hard core representatives of God! Not being a Bible scholar and pretty ignorant of Biblical history, makes it difficult for me to truly grasp so much of what they said – the deep … Continue reading Shameless Audacity
“You can give without loving, but you cannot love without giving.” Amy Carmichael I have to confess that I truly do love giving to others – especially those that I love most. I have had to learn over the years to restrain myself on the amount I spend on gifts for birthdays and Christmas. I … Continue reading Loving and Giving
(Recommended Reading: Isaiah 5 & Psalm 83) I had another one of those “AHA moments” as I was reading my morning devotional recently, when I came across Romans 11:22 (NLT): “Notice how God is both kind and severe. He is severe toward those who disobeyed, but kind to you if you continue to trust in … Continue reading One Side, Then Another