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...

I Was Born Wrong

I have an incredible love for the outdoors. I grew up camping, fishing, hunting and playing outside most of my childhood. I love the beauty of nature and all that it unfolds before me daily. As a young man I was convinced that I was born in the wrong era. Surely, I...

Lost

It was late in the fall and I decided that I would go out for an afternoon hunt. I had spied a spot that looked promising on an earlier trek and decided this was the time to try it. I made my way through some thick brush and crossed a creek and finally came to a...

Swim Lessons

Admittedly, my memories of most childhood events can be a bit spotty. I may not remember all details of an event but can remember part of it like it was yesterday. I don’t remember much about the swim lessons that my parents signed me up for, but I remember one part...

Go Fish

I have recently been given a wonderful opportunity to go north to Minnesota and Canada for a fishing trip.  I was told to get my gear ready. While I am very excited about the promise of great fishing and wonderful views, getting my gear ready has proven to be a...

She Remembered

In my first year of full time ministry, I was asked by a neighboring church to come and conduct a revival that lasted for a week. That meant that I had to come up with five sermons and five different assembles.  I didn’t have five of either at that point. However, by...