On this New Year’s Day, we begin a new trip around the sun, full of expectations, hopes, and goals. Is one of your goals to draw nearer to God? He longs for each of us to know Him more, to trust Him more, to love Him more. Success comes from joining our small efforts with His great will. It comes as we study His word daily, call on Him daily (sometimes hourly!) and trust Him even when nothing makes sense.
Today, many of us will be gathering with family or friends to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday in the United States. To be candid, I approach the holidays like a soldier living in a war zone---I just want to survive. The pressure to meet expectations, make people happy, shop frugally, cook perfect meals (or sides), make… Continue reading My best thought for Thanksgiving, and always.
O Thou Fount of ev'ry blessing, Tune my heart to sing Thy grace; Streams of mercy, never ceasing, Call for songs of loudest praise. Teach me ever to adore Thee; May I still Thy goodness prove; While the hope of endless glory, Fills my heart with joy and love. Here I raise my Ebenezer, Hither… Continue reading A heart in tune
This is the final installment in the series, "The Effects of Knowing God." To read the previous post, click here. Relationships have the potential to change us. Much depends on our character, stubbornness, and admiration of the people we are connected to. Sometimes our knowledge of a person will draw us closer to them, possibly… Continue reading The Right Relationship Changes Everything
The simple believes everything, but the prudent gives thought to his steps. ~ Proverbs 14:15 ESV A few years ago my spouse and I were driving to San Diego. Because of the labyrinth of freeways that make up Southern California, we had the GPS (Global Positioning System) running. I knew generally how to get where we… Continue reading Am I Intellectually Lazy?
We rely heavily on our government, the stock market, the police force, the might of the military, the power of our arsenal, our bank accounts, our retirement funds, our time management skills, etcetera. We believe we have heaps of time when we really only have this moment. You never know if you'll be that person who is at work when a plane crashes through the building, or on the Champs-Elysées when a nutcase indiscriminately sprays bullets into the crows, or in the car when that teenager is fatally texting their way into your vehicle. Have we put too much faith in ourselves? Too much faith in the established order?
This is Part 2 of the Series "The Effects of Knowing God" For the previous post, click here. What effect does knowing God have on your life? What effect did it have on the Pharaoh of the Exodus account? Picture in your mind Moses and Aaron in the court of Pharaoh... A line of foreigners,… Continue reading Lessons from a Humiliated Pharaoh
Do you know God? In some form or fashion, everyone "knows" God...The atheist knows God as a figment of the delusional Christian imagination. God is just as mythological to the atheist as unicorns or pygmy puffs. Those who believe in such things are weak, needing some sort of crutch. Someday, that same atheist will… Continue reading The Effects of Knowing God
Over the weekend as I was whirring around like a tornado cleaning the house, the kids asked to listen to Christmas music. I suppose it really is that time of the year...
Over a month ago, I read some comments on a Facebook post discussing the damaging effects of vaccines. As is common with all vaccine-related discussions, the comments were awash with both sides of the debate. There is always someone bashing "anti-vaxxers" as being anti-science/stupid/ignorant/hateful/child-abusers/fill-in-the-blank-with-an-insult. One comment read, "I would rather live with a child that has autism than to have my child die of whooping cough."