Blog Posts

  • Supernatural Joy
    What do you enjoy doing most in life right now?  What activity brings you the purest natural joy?  For some of you that might be spending time with your kids or grandkids, for others it might involve traveling and exploring the world, and for others it might involve the pursuit of a hobby or sport.  Whatever it might be, it is almost certainly some form of natural joy. In this our second study in the series on the fruit of the Spirit, we turn our focus to joy.  But not just any joy, supernatural joy!  Joy of the Spirit.  What […]
  • Supernatural Love
    Jesus makes it clear that spiritual fruit should be evident in our lives, if He is in us. In John 15:5 He said: “I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.” Spiritual fruit only grows when we remain or abide in Christ. It comes from the vine as Jesus told his disciples in Matthew’s Gospel. 16By their fruit you will recognize them. Do people pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? 17Likewise every good tree bears good […]
  • An-tic-i-pa-tion
    Do you remember the classic 1970’s commercial from Heinz Ketchup? You know the one where the two boys are having burgers and one must wait forever for the ketchup bottle to be passed. The one with the classic theme song playing: “An-tic-i-pa-tion, an-tic-i-pa-a-tion, it’s making me wait…”  And I’ll be that I’m not the only one who just heard Carly Simon singing it in their head.   The premise of that commercial of course is that somethings are truly worth the wait, and indeed that is so. I cannot say that ketchup or catchup would make my top ten list […]
  • I’m So ‘Cited
    When our daughter Haleigh was little, around 3-4 years old, she had an expression that I loved to hear her use.  It usually came out fast with a bit of an elevated tone. Not quite a squeal but pitched high enough that you knew she was really excited about something. It was almost always accompanied by a big smile, happy feet, and hand gestures. With her big brown eyes, she would look up at me and say, “Daddy, I’m so ‘cited!”  And then she would go on to tell me about what made her so elated, with words pouring out […]
  • Indescribable Joy
    Have you ever lost something of great value? Something that was priceless to you, something that was irreplaceable. You searched high and low for it, to no avail. Finally, after exhausting every possibility you gave up hope and wrote it off as a loss. Do you remember how that felt, the heaviness that came over you when you realized that you would never get it back. Now imagine for a moment, that you found it, suddenly and unexpectedly. How would that make you feel? Would you jump for joy? Would you shout ecstatically for all to hear? What was lost, […]
  • Ultimate Trust
    Have you ever had to trust your life into someone else’s hands?  For those of you with military experience, that may be old hat to you because you did it so often it became second nature to you. Thank you! For the rest of us, it can be scary. It matters not whether you were about to undergo surgery for a life-threatening ailment or whether you were involved in an unfortunate accident and had to be rescued, your survival depended upon the one you trusted to see you through it. You placed your life in their hands and demonstrated trust […]
  • Exemplify!
    Often in life I find myself needing a pattern or wishing for a model of something I am trying to do or accomplish. Maybe I am the only one like that, but I learn best by example and absent a suitable example I usually resort to trial and error.  And if I am being totally candid, there are usually several iterations of trial and error before success is achieved. Sometimes a benevolent mentor has had to step in and show me how to do it or I would never have figured things out. That does not happen too often but […]
  • Get Out of Jail Free
    Are you a Monopoly fan? Do you like to play the classic board game?  While the games popularity may have waned among Baby Boomers it seems to be making a bit of a resurgence among Millennials. Take for example our daughter Haleigh, she simply loves Monopoly. So much so that she has taken to collecting different versions of it. She must have a dozen different Monopoly sets, if not more. In the game, one can find themselves thrown into jail on any given turn, and once you land there you could stay there for a while, especially if you don’t […]
  • Double Jeopardy
    Much has been said and written in recent months about Second Amendment rights, and there are strong opinions on both sides of the argument, so it has become frequent fodder for the news cycle. But there is another amendment to our constitution that I’m focused on today and it is often quoted too, or at lease pieces of it are. Much has been said and written in recent months about Second Amendment rights, and there are strong opinions on both sides of the argument, so it has become frequent fodder for the news cycle. But there is another amendment to […]
  • Illegal Tribunal
    We see it happen all the time on television and in the movies. A character despises his enemy so much that he will stop at nothing to orchestrate his or her downfall. Often driven by over-zealous rage to the point of irrationality, the self-righteous person becomes blind to their own flaws and enamored with those of their nemesis. Their ruthless tactics cause us to cringe and wince, hoping and praying that we never find ourselves in the crosshairs of anyone so evil in real life. Often the charters portrayed before us on screen and in film demonstrate their willingness to […]
  • Garden Mob Scene
    When armed opposition shows up it’s only natural to want to defend ourselves. Whether the attack is verbal or physical matters not to our self-preservation instincts. It seems like we are innately wired to assume a defensive posture, which can rapidly switch to an offensive stance when there is clear and present danger to ourselves and/or to the ones we love. I was reminded of this very thing many times over this week as I watched events unfold on TV where people were backed into corners, surrounded by boisterous protesters and bombarded with verbal and sometimes physical abuse if they […]
  • Running on Empty
    Are you like me in that you wait until the last minute to refill or recharge things? Whether it’s the gas tank of your car or the batteries on your cell phone, iPad or laptop. I always seem to wait until the very end to refill/recharge. How about you? Are you that way too?  Or, are you more like my wife who never lets her gas tank get below a quarter and rarely ever lets it get below half before she refills it. Obviously, she hardly ever runs out of power and never runs out of gas. Me on the […]
  • Dim-witted, obtuse, thickheaded nincompoops
    Dense, dim-witted, thickheaded, obtuse, simpleton, nincompoop and/or dolt are words that I hope no one ever uses to describe me; well, at least not to my face anyway. But I’m sure there have been more than a few moments in my lifetime when one or more of those words could have been used to describe me. Tina knows the look immediately. We’ve been married almost 39 years now and she can see it in my eyes. She knows instantly whether I’m tracking with her or not, without me ever speaking a word. I’m sure glad that she’s the only one […]
  • Monumental Change
    “We stand on the precipice of monumental change…” Somewhere, sometime, I am sure you have heard those word uttered by some prominent figure.  Be it a governmental official, a corporate titan, or someone else of significance, you have probably heard that phrase spoken in some public setting.  Usually in a grandiose way designed to draw attention and garner support for a person, an organization, a cause, or an idea.  But how many times have those promising monumental change do not actually deliver it to the level promised.  Not often anyway, if ever. As we come to our focal passage this […]
  • Conspiracy Theories
    Hardly a day goes by that we don’t hear the word conspiracy used in society today. Over the past few years, it has become one of the most frequently used words in America, if not the world. Most often used in tandem with the word theory these days, to denote nefarious acts of subterfuge wrought or accused of being wrought by members of our government or others in power. But one need not look too hard to find the ever-present conspiracy theories about JFK’s death or an alien/UFO cover-up. Despite the derisive and often nonsensical nature of these modern-day rhetorical […]
  • Reverse Narrative
    Okay, now be honest with me; have you ever watched the end of a movie first to make sure you like it before you watch the whole movie? Or perhaps you have read the last chapter of a book first? Well, even if you have not done either of those things then you have probably seen a situation where the director or the author started with the ending and then rolled back in time from that point. I have heard that technique called a bunch of different things; in media res for the folks who prefer the fancy Latin name, […]
  • Redemption Assured
    This weekend we celebrate one of the greatest gifts we have as Americans, our freedom. Freedom from tyranny, free from oppression, freedom to choose our own religion, freedom to chart our own course in life and freedom to express our views. Freedoms that many fought hard to obtain and defend, and freedoms for which blood has been shed. May we never forget the sacrifices that were paid for our freedoms and may we never cease to be thankful for them. Thank you, veterans, for preserving and defending our freedom and this great country in which we all live! But on […]
  • More than you bargained for…
    When I was a boy, my grandad would often say to me and my brother, “Boys you better leave that ________ alone or you’ll get more than you bargained for.”  Fill in the blank with dog, cat, rooster, sow, pony, etc. You name it, we probably pushed it to its limits at one time or another. And, never being sure of what Grandad Ben meant by that phrase, we always seemed to get what he promised in the end. I can still see him shaking his head from side-to-side when it finally happened. He must have thought to himself, “those […]
  • Jesus’ Closing Argument
    If you have ever served on a jury then you have most likely heard attorneys make closing arguments, live and in-person. They are fact-based, assertive, authoritative, and compelling statements used by both sides to restate key, salient points they want the jury to remember as they deliberate on the verdict. Both sides are afforded the opportunity to make them and the prosecution usually goes first, and the defense team usually goes second. Before that happens, there have been multiple rounds of witnesses subjected to intense scrutiny with each side having the chance to examine and cross examine the witness. Not […]
  • Fact or Fiction?
    Numerous websites have emerged over the past few years that are focused solely upon dispelling untruth. Their goals are to separate and distinguish fact form fiction and even outright lies to help people avoid falling prey to deceitful commentary, be that intentional or unintentional. The need is an apolitical one because factual errors occur on all sides of every argument, as all parties are human and prone to error. Sometimes the speakers don’t realize that they are speaking untruthfully, they are simply uninformed or ill prepared to speak correctly on the topic at hand. At other times, the speaker knows […]