Here’s the context: I was raised in a home completely void of demonstrative love and romance. Even hugs were few and far between. Hence, unlike all the elaborate, carefully & lovingly planned out marriage proposals we see on FB nowadays, I never really proposed to Michelle. We were driving around in Lubbock, TX, in 1984 shopping … Continue reading I Got Married – Again
We've all blown it in one way or another. And when we do blow it, Satan dispatches a battalion of demons assigned to deceive us, relentlessly filling our mind with this lie: your failures define you. For those who succumb to that lie, what follows is a life lived under a crippling mentality of oppressive … Continue reading Not Guilty (For those living under the crippling weight of guilt.)
"Love hurts" sang the rock band, Nazareth, in 1975. But, the only alternative to never being heart-broken is to never allow oneself to love. So goes the saying, "It is better to have loved and lost than to never have loved at all." C.S. Lewis comments: "Love anything, and your heart will certainly be wrung … Continue reading Love Is Risky Business – But It’s Worth It
"But I know that you do not have the love of God within you." Jesus Christ; John 5:42 Holy mackerel - If I were sitting across a table at a coffee shop with Jesus,....would he say this very same thing to me?? His piercing statement haunts me. Here's the thing - the "love of God" … Continue reading The Very Serious Issue of Love
And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. … Continue reading A Halloween Miracle
In light of various quote/articles/thoughts i post regarding arguments for the existence of God, I thought this video clip was a wonderful resource for remembering that "atheists" are, first of all, people. And, in many way, just like you and me. Neil Carter is a high school Geometry teacher, a tutor, a swim coach, a … Continue reading What Atheists Wish Christians Knew About Them
I love this rendering of Matthew 11:28-30 from the Message Bible. I've taken this "prescription" for my various "maladies"many times over the years..... [Jesus asked them], “Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to Me. Get away with Me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real … Continue reading The Unforced Rhythms of Grace
***Forgive me for the length of this post. I went back to trim & edit. But, I felt i needed to include every word. This past year i attended a wedding. Expecting to simply enjoy seeing two friends united in matrimony, I sat there as the preacher officiating the wedding proceeded to call everyone in … Continue reading When God Looks At Me What Does He See?
EXTREMELY IMPORTANT: Always keep the following in mind when reading someone's (including my) review/commentary/opinion about a movie/a book/the Bible/anything: what you're reading is simply some guy's/gal's opinion - an opinion that is based on the writer's own world-views, convictions, & subjectivity. My son, Jordan, & I heard historian, Dr. Mike Licona (Ph.D) speak at TTU … Continue reading “NOAH” (The Movie) – My take…..
Friends, Below are the "series notes" to my series on Psalm 23. All that's missing are additional comments I included while teaching. However, the "nuts & bolts" are here for your study. Paul wrote, "Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly,..." (Colossians 3:16) May the verse-by-verse study of this simple, yet profound, passage … Continue reading Psalm 23 – “Bible Learning Series” Notes