Servant of God
June 9th, 2021
In 1 Kings 18 is one of my favorite stories in the Hebrew Scriptures. There years previous, the great prophet Elijah had told evil King Ahab that God was going to cause a drought because of the wickedness of the nation of Israel. In his anger King Ahab pursued Elijah and killed and persecuted other followers of Yahweh, the God of the Bible. God told Elijah to come out of hiding and confro...
Dealing with Sexual Abuse
June 4th, 2021
In the book Mending The Soul , the author Steven R. Tracy paints a picture of how widespread the problem of child sexual abuse is. He says that there are approximately 50,000 names on the Vietnam War Memorial in Washington, DC. Mr. Tracy says that if we were to make a memorial to children in our society who have been sexually abused, it would need to be more than 1,300 times the size of t...
May 28th, 2021
We live in a culture where many struggle with commitment. Marriage rates are down; cohabitation rates are up. It reminds me of a little girl who liked one of our sons when he was in first grade. She told him that she was going to marry him. When he told her no, he was going to marry someone else, she paused and said, “Well, WHEN you get a divorce, then you’ll marry me.” We see this tend...
Lessons Learned from Mom
May 4th, 2021
As Mother’s Day approaches, I paused and thought about what I learned from my mother. Honestly, to answer that question completely would require a book or two, but here are some of my most important lessons. FOLLOW JESUS. Mom is a Christian and believes that the purpose of parenthood is to point her children to Jesus Christ. Obviously, the Christian faith must be embraced by each indi...
April 30th, 2021
Almost every person experiences loneliness at one time or another. Loneliness is the “state of sadness that comes from feeling alone, isolated, or cut off from others” (Loneliness, June Hunt, 11). The faces of loneliness are varied, from the widow reaching out in the night for a partner that is no longer there to a kid on the playground rejected by his peers. We even occasionally hear sto...