The Atrocities Of Our Pride

Something really spoke to me this morning. I thought I would take a few minutes to write about something that I find within myself, and maybe you do too? That nasty thing that God hates; Pride. It may be a little harsh to say that God hates pride. I’m only going there because it’s evident that He most certainly wasn’t okay with it when He … Continue reading The Atrocities Of Our Pride

I’m Powerless Without Faith

There are times when I wonder just what others really think about faith? How they define it. How they comprehend it. How they understand it. This is my personal testimony about how I have recently grown in my faith. A little over seven years ago, my wife and I had first met. I was a thirty-something who had never been married. She was a mother … Continue reading I’m Powerless Without Faith

The Exterior Covers A Degenerate Interior

Home renovation is taking an existing home, stripping it of the old and adding something new. Remodeling the interior or exterior. The process is a time-consuming feat that involves planning, labor, material purchases, and a step-by-step order of application. We take the ideas that we have and execute a process that ends up being very rewarding. A fresh new look. Flipping homes is a popular … Continue reading The Exterior Covers A Degenerate Interior

The Fractured Lens Of Our Focus

There has been many bad habits I have developed throughout my life. It started with a simple beginning. That first time I had chosen to smoke a cigarette, drink a cup of coffee, snort a line of meth, or say that first curse word. All of these things transformed into a lengthy battle within that I would lose, many times over. All of these things … Continue reading The Fractured Lens Of Our Focus

How We Have Served

I had a talk with my manager at my job last year. It was an interesting conversation to say the least. He had walked upstairs within the building that we work in. I was off in the distance of that floor when I heard him call me over. My boss and I have had many talks before. We see each other often and pass the … Continue reading How We Have Served

My Darkness Is Never Void Of Light

When we are facing a trying time, whether it be a struggle within that seems to have no remedy. A time of unanswered prayer. A situation which tears our emotions to shreds. The uneasiness caused by a lack of understanding. Whatever the case, we must remember who cares. Sometimes we have very few who care. Many times, people are so focused on themselves that they … Continue reading My Darkness Is Never Void Of Light

People Run From People Who Judge Them, And Run To People Who Love Them 

Within the last several years, my heart has gone through many changes. There has definitely been a drastic change in how I view the world, others, and how my whole perspective of both has developed into what it is at this very moment. There was a definitive moment in which these drastic changes began to take place. There was a time, approximately six or seven … Continue reading People Run From People Who Judge Them, And Run To People Who Love Them 

In His Time

Wait for the LORD; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the LORD! -Psalm 27:14 (ESV) Sounds easy enough, right? Wait for the Lord to heal a loved one of cancer? Wait for the Lord to bring us peace after the death of a loved one? Wait for the Lord to take the heroin addiction away from a brother? We want it … Continue reading In His Time

A Day Just Like Any Other

I’ll never forget where I was when I had heard that a plane had hit one of the Twin Towers. It was a Tuesday morning on September 11, 2001. I was outside loading a delivery truck for the company I had been working for. The radio was on as I was loading items in the cab of the truck. The actual sound of the impact … Continue reading A Day Just Like Any Other

Do You Truly Know Who And What You Are In Christ Jesus?

I have a friend who had put this together, and it has helped me tremendously in my understanding. I hope that it brings you peace. I pray that it aids in bringing you closer to Him. Who Am I ? This list itemize in first-person language who you really are and what you enjoy in Christ. You can’t earn these qualities any more than you … Continue reading Do You Truly Know Who And What You Are In Christ Jesus?

Patiently Waiting For A Brighter Day

Patience. I can truly say that I haven’t really had much of it throughout my life. Impatience was always a big part of who I was. Within the strands of my life, there have been many lessons that have led me to a better understanding of patience. I’m thinking deeply about it this morning. I believe the early childhood trauma played a part in my … Continue reading Patiently Waiting For A Brighter Day

I’m Not At Peace

I’m not always a happy-go-lucky guy. In fact, I’m downright perturbed at times. This morning, I am thinking deeply about some of the facts within my life. To “count it all joy,” as it says in James 1:2-4, is not always a realistic thing for me to accomplish. My heart is full of real struggles, many emotions, and a loving relationship that is communicated through … Continue reading I’m Not At Peace

Running Away From The Unknown

I remember one particular day back when I was in high school. I had decided to leave the school through a side door. I used to do that often. I would show up, attend a few classes and then leave for the day. I probably had a pack of cigarettes and a little bit of cannabis, so I was okay. It was usually all that … Continue reading Running Away From The Unknown

Our Needs Vs. Our Greeds

We are greedy, are we not? We have an insatiable appetite for more. We must acquire! But really, how much is enough? Are we ever fulfilled? I have a different appetite than the next guy. We are all unique, and we all have different needs. I don’t need a Jaguar to transport myself to a six-figure place of employment, but my neighbor does. Perhaps he … Continue reading Our Needs Vs. Our Greeds

A Clearer View Of My Yesterdays

Why do we complicate this life that God has given us? It was a marvelous world when I was very young. I had a very peaceful place that I would visit quite often called “grandma and grandpa’s house,” and they had a very big yard that I would explore. There were many different types of trees, beautiful rose bushes, a garden full of different types … Continue reading A Clearer View Of My Yesterdays

“You’re Grounded! For Life!”

“This Bible! So many rules!” This is the mindset I had several years ago. As I was being introduced to the Lord and learning about His Word, everything that I was reading was about a bunch of rules, and how I did not measure up. I would read, go to a “church” that constantly reminded of how imperfect I was, and beat myself to a … Continue reading “You’re Grounded! For Life!”

A Father I’ve Never Known

I grew up with a lot of friends who had cool dads. I realize that many of them may not have thought that their dad was very cool, but I had a different view of them. In my eyes, these men were not like my dad. They were not always distant, and preoccupied. They were engaging in the things that dads do with their children. … Continue reading A Father I’ve Never Known

The Signs That We Keep Passing By

Another day of His choosing. He has blessed me with another day, and for that I am thankful. I am also thankful for the things that He has been showing me this past week. I watched a few good movies over the weekend, and they really spoke to me. They were movies that had a message of the healing power of the Lord. I didn’t … Continue reading The Signs That We Keep Passing By

Processing His Progression

We used to have an Atari game system in my home as I was growing up. The graphics were very poor in quality when compared to those of games today, but they were fun. We had big blocky computers at our school, with green and black monitor display. My mother had a typewriter that I remember playing with. I think it weighed about three hundred … Continue reading Processing His Progression

An Unexpected Friend

Over the years, there have been many dreams that have left their mysterious messages embedded within my memories. I had a dream about my friend who’d passed away twelve years ago this coming September. In the dream, Metallica was coming to our city. Metallica is a heavy metal band, and back when my friend and I were at our closest, we both liked their music. … Continue reading An Unexpected Friend

Still Waters

There is a landscape display in my city that has a constant flow of water springing from the rocks within it. The water supply is never shut off. It is constantly being circulated through the pumps that force the water to the top of the rocks. The water cascades down the stone, and the pumps repeat the cycle. It is a nice display. Pleasing to … Continue reading Still Waters

What Does It Mean To Worship The Lord In Spirit And Truth?

Question: “What does it mean to worship the Lord in spirit and truth?” Answer: The idea of worshipping the Lord “in spirit and truth” comes from Jesus’ conversation with the woman at the well in John 4:6-30. In the conversation, the woman was discussing places of worship with Jesus, saying that the Jews worshipped at Jerusalem, while the Samaritans worshipped at Mount Gerizim. Jesus had … Continue reading What Does It Mean To Worship The Lord In Spirit And Truth?

A Spiritual Shelter of Refuge

Many things enter my mind that I not only make a mental note of, but also enter into the memo app on my phone. They are things of importance that I know will be forgotten within a short amount of time. Periodically, I go into my memo and take a look at my short thoughts from the past. I’ve read one of my notes today … Continue reading A Spiritual Shelter of Refuge

A New Way To Begin

The appreciation for each morning has really evolved over that past few years. I lost a good friend in 2006, and it was a very trying time for me. My buddy, who actually was one of my enemies for years prior, became one of the most trusted confidants I have ever known. We would have the deepest conversations, and he was one of the reasons … Continue reading A New Way To Begin

The Devil Laughs As I Go

Sometimes my walk with the Lord is a very real emotional rollercoaster. Yesterday started off very nice. It was a peaceful morning, and I had planned on meeting a friend of mine who needed a helping hand later within the day. The weather outside was nice. Bright, and calm. I had accomplished some things around the outside of the house that needed to be done. … Continue reading The Devil Laughs As I Go

A Friend For Life

Sometimes others just need a buddy. I have a friend who is quite a bit older than me. We have known each other for well over thirty years. When I was very young, my buddy was already an adult. He was always walking around the neighborhood, and never wandered far from his home. An accident had left him with multiple injuries to his brain and … Continue reading A Friend For Life

Breaking Through The Confines Of A Hardened Heart

There is a non-fiction series that I have been watching off and on about a man who is awaiting his date of execution. It tells the story of his life as he was growing up, and it explains the progressive life of crime that led him to his current location on death row. It explains the situations that led him to make the poor decisions … Continue reading Breaking Through The Confines Of A Hardened Heart

The Competition Within Ourselves

There was a certain kid in my grade as I was growing up who always had to win. Basketball was his favorite thing to do, and he was always practicing in the parking area behind his home. When we would play at school, I remember the kid yelling about bad plays, or bad shots. He was always so frustrated with everyone, and I’m sure it … Continue reading The Competition Within Ourselves

Our Deadly Combination

I lived within a dysfunctional family. I was once engaged to a woman who had a mother with many problems. Her mom would stay with us for extended periods of time. She was addicted to opiates, and had a plastic pill container full of the daily doses of her medications. Way too many to count. I remember the Tupperware containers full of her prescriptions that … Continue reading Our Deadly Combination

Reaping What We Have Sown

There are some things that are not very good for us. For instance, it is not wise to eat fried foods all of the time. Although it may be delicious, it has numerous ways of harming our health. We may choose to smoke heavily, and that also has its consequences. If we were to drive over flooded roads during heavy rains, we would run the … Continue reading Reaping What We Have Sown

Driving Past A Man Like Me

There is a part of the westside of my city that has a large population of homeless people. Several times a week, I drive past these men and women who are on the street corners. With a cardboard sign in their hand, along with a dejected expression upon their faces, they wait for a handout. The signs read, “God bless,” or “Anything helps.” Some appear … Continue reading Driving Past A Man Like Me

Hidden Idolatry Within Our Gloating

Matthew 6:1-4 (NKJV) Do Good to Please God Take heed that you do not do your charitable deeds before men, to be seen by them. Otherwise you have no reward from your Father in heaven. Therefore, when you do a charitable deed, do not sound a trumpet before you as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory … Continue reading Hidden Idolatry Within Our Gloating

The Sky Is Falling!

You probably are familiar with the story of Chicken Little? There are a few different versions, with a few different endings. The little chicken has an experience with an acorn falling on her head, and the panic leads her to believe that the sky is falling. That the world is ending! The story continues with the little chick frantically running around telling others about the … Continue reading The Sky Is Falling!

The Cover Of Night

I woke up in my recliner around 2 A.M. this morning. My sleep patterns have been really weird this week. Between putting in a lot of physical work and not getting much rest throughout the past several evenings, I have been getting up several hours before my work day has even began. Last night I had dinner, took a shower and passed out in my … Continue reading The Cover Of Night