Lacerations

It has been humbling in recent weeks to recognize how so many individuals are incredibly self-absorbed. My wife and I sometimes watch a television show about couples who are married at first sight. They have no knowledge of each other preceding the union of marriage. Throughout the period of several weeks, the couples go through the processes of getting to know each other, while three … Continue reading Lacerations

Spiritual Imprisonment

5 Signs You’re Legalistic (and probably miserable), by Stephen Altrogge What exactly is legalism? A simple definition is: Legalism is any attempt to gain acceptance or forgiveness from God through your own works or merits. Let me tell you something about being a legalistic Christian: it’s a miserable sin. There are certain sins that I call “happy sins” because even though they’re wrong, they at … Continue reading Spiritual Imprisonment

Superficial

What kind of love is defined as you go about your days? Do you view love as an emotion that slowly fades away?   Do you find love in your nights as you hit the bar in town searching for perfect face and body– one night–to comfort the daily frown?   Is love found in the food: pizza, burgers and fries? Do you like what … Continue reading Superficial

Not Really Yours To Claim

Let’s get down to brass tacks… You’re sometimes not as faithful as you claim, and you are probably afraid to admit it. Yes, it’s true. There is so much left undone within every single person’s walk with the Lord. There are things that you have not done correctly in the eyes of our perfect Father. Each and everyday, you screw something up. So, you aren’t … Continue reading Not Really Yours To Claim

From Little Love

At the age of four, something happened between my parents that left me with a life-changing, unbeknown obstacle, which would forever alter the future of my personal life. Although I had no idea how the event would cause me to think differently about my life as I would grow older, it didn’t take long to feel its effects. The divorce of my parents was not … Continue reading From Little Love

His Relentless Attack

Yesterday was a true blessing. A loved one and I have been in the process of rekindling our relationship. It has been a lengthy process that started in a little office on the eastside of our city with a certified mediator. Linda has been a licensed therapist for nearly forty years, and she has been a huge player in the progress my loved one and … Continue reading His Relentless Attack

Perfect Displays Of His Love

He has given us so much to be thankful for. The simplicity of nature. His gift of mercy and grace. The mediator between Him and man; Christ Jesus. The laugher of a child. A warm smile from a friend. This morning, I captured a little of His love for us… Find peace in His displays of love today. Continue reading Perfect Displays Of His Love

What We Leave With Others

“Your legacy is defined in the values, the convictions and the hope you bestow upon the world. Therefore, it is not just something you leave – it is something you entrust.” – Unknown writer for The Salvation Army When I pass the man with the cardboard sign, many things run through my mind. Usually, one of the first things is the wonder of his or … Continue reading What We Leave With Others

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 

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?

He Stands At My Door

It has been yet another long work week, and I have been so incredibly thankful for this day of rest. I woke at 2 A.M. this morning, which is not even close to the time I’d wished to get up on a Saturday. This past week has been very hard on my body. But, I woke up and spent some time writing, reading and just … Continue reading He Stands At My Door

We Are One

My wife is a bit concerned about our son. He no longer wants to go to youth group at a church. “Why?” I have been asking myself this for the last few hours. Why is she so concerned? I have my theories. I truly believe that she worries about his well-being, his relationship with the Lord as well as him making the right decisions. I … Continue reading We Are One

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

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