Alone

When I was a boy I was part of an event that taught leadership. One part of this adventure was being dropped off in the woods in the dark with only a sleeping bag. We were instructed to not talk and only call out if we truly needed help. I can still remember how alone...

Convenience?

I don’t know if the right word is convenience or inconvenience. We live in a time where we really don’t have to deal with anything we don’t want to deal with. If you call me I can send you to voicemail. If you text me I can ignore it, delete it, or even block it. I...

Angry at God

There is a common misperception about anger. Many people think that getting angry is a sin. The Bible is very clear that it is not a sin, but it can lead us to sin if we let it take control. Everyone gets angry at some point. There are a great many things in this...

One Liners

Let me give you some famous movie one liners and see if you can identify the movie. “I see dead people” “If you build it they will come” “Momma said stupid is as stupid does” “You had me at hello” Even if you cannot put the exact movie with the line I am betting a...

Success

Yesterday I read one of those Facebook posts that lists the difference between successful people and unsuccessful people. It was predictable stuff and if taken as truth can be very judgmental. The first one was successful people read while others watch television....

Made for It

It is no secret that we live in a world that promotes the idea of “me first” on a regular basis.  Actually, that is the core of the secular mindset. Self is the king on the throne as far as our world is concerned.  We vote the way we want, we shop for what we want, we...

Time Spent

There was the vacation week with some very good friends. Then there was the camping trip with some other friends. Of course, I cannot forget the family reunion. There was the Pastor’s Conference with some kindred spirited brothers and sisters. All these things may...

Away

This week I had the wonderful gift of being away. I was away from home, away from phones, away from computers, away. It was good, restful and even fun. I was able to do something I enjoy (fishing) and be with some good friends. At one point the inevitable comment was...

Game of Life

Playing golf has become a source of relaxation and enjoyment for me. But there are a lot of parallels to the life of faith in golf. If you have ever played or watched the sport, you are aware that even the best golfers in the world hit bad shots or are put in a bad...

Stand Guard

Over my years in ministry I have heard many people tell me they knew they will be successful because God had called them to their particular area of ministry.  “God has called therefore God will conquer” is the mentality. I get it. It is a powerful thing to be called...