President’s Day 2020: Lincoln’s 2nd Inaugural

NOTE:  This post was first published five years ago, and it's even more timely today. I've updated it slightly, but the message is unchanged. Happy birthday, Mr. President. My family took a "national and family heritage” Spring Break trip to Washington, D.C. in the spring of 2007.  During that trip, one of my goals was…

No. 4, continued – Day Numbering, Part 2: Psalms 90:12

So, you want to know what happened to Hoss and Billy? (To refresh your memory on the story in Part 1, click here.) So do I. I'll just have to finish writing that story to find out. But the point of that story was not what did happen, but what could happen. None of us are…

No. 4 – Day Numbering, Part 1: Psalms 90:12

The intersection of County Roads 44 and 19 was well known by the emergency room staffs at the hospitals in three counties. Many lives were forever changed there. The two-lane roads met just outside of town, guarded only by a solitary traffic light. When it was built in the 1950s, the heyday of automotive travel,…

No. 3 – Good Planning: Jeremiah 29:11

"My hands are too small, Dad." I expected to hear a lot of things after my son's first high school summer football camp. But that was not one of them. My son was blessed with the skills of a quarterback. His junior high coaches didn't even try him out for a different position. His arm…

No. 2 – When You Just Know: Ecclesiastes 3:11

James slowly sipped on his late afternoon cup of coffee. Today had been one for the books, that's for sure. His father called after a 9 a.m. doctor's appointment to tell him that the treatments had no effect on the tumors. The afternoon started with that call from his wife. Thousands of dollars in fertility…

No. 1 – The Right Sword: John 15:4

The young dad, not yet in his mid-30s, sat unsuspectingly in the church pew on that Sunday morning, unaware that the course of his life was about to change. These days, you might think a gun was involved. But there wasn't. Instead, there was a sword. On that summer Sunday in 1994, the pastor pulled…

Not Just a Holiday

A uniquely American holiday, this "Thanksgiving." In 2019 America, the last Thursday in November in the United States is set aside for food, family, and these days, football. But more than 400 years ago, stories of the "first Thanksgivings" in North America tell very different tales. The remaining Mayflower settlers celebrated surviving a harrowing year…

When I Grow Up

One of the greatest blessings of a long morning commute in the car is the opportunity to listen the the preaching of the late Dr. Adrian Rogers on his ministry's broadcast, Love Worth Finding. While every morning's sermon is uplifting, yesterday's stopped me in my tracks. In this particular sermon, Dr. Rogers quoted a list…

The Smile Said It All

It's funny, the little things that bring to mind God's love for us. Like today, for example, at the ice cream shop. A gentleman in his 80s was buying ice cream for his lovely bride. I didn't eavesdrop for the entire transaction (that would be rude - fun, but rude), but I did look his…

Priorities

It's fall, y'all! And this time of year, and in this part of the U.S., people celebrate the crisp, cool mornings and the warm, dry afternoons with weekend crafts festivals of all types. And among the wonderful finds at these festivals are various decorations that celebrate our Christian faith. Many are poignant and thought-provoking, some…