Resurrection Sunday +1: When Things Got Real

It's the most important question you'll ever ask yourself. Who is Jesus of Nazareth? It's a two-thousand-year-old question, and it started with the people of Israel when Jesus lived here on earth. In those brief three years of Jesus' public ministry, God led many to quickly recognize Jesus' true identity.  When Jesus came to the…

Resurrection Week: On a Cross Beside Jesus (Luke 24:32-43)

I'm thankful every minute of my life that Jesus died for me on that cross.  I know that if God had chosen, he could have punished me for my sins instead of punishing Jesus.  But Christ's atoning death satisfied my sin debt, and the debt of everyone else in the world who believes in Him.  Because…

Resurrection Week: The Water, The Bowl, and the Teachable Moment

Jesus had a lot of opportunities to teach his disciples while on Earth. Object lessons, lessons that couldn't be learned in any way other than being in his presence. Like Peter walking on the water, but then sinking when he took his eyes off Jesus. There were miraculous creations of wine and food, healings, and…

No. 5 – It’s All Right to be Little Bitty: Colossians 3:23-24

NOTE: In one of my favorites posts from 2019, here are my thoughts on Colossians 3:23. Fame. In 2019's social-media driven world, it's all about being famous. Today's American culture considers entertainers, sports stars and "influencers" as the only people who are really important. That's why the simple, plaintive words of the old country song…

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…

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…

What Will Your Grandkids Call You?

I've picked "Papa." I am well aware that grandchildren pick their own names for their grandparents. And yes, I'll answer to whatever name my grandson calls me. But for what it's worth, I'm going to at least suggest to the little guy that he call me "Papa." That's not "Paw-Paw," as they say it in…

It’s All Right to be Little Bitty

Let's redirect our thoughts away from what our culture deems important, which is often non-reality, to what is real, and what is true.

God’s Daily Reboot

When a computer malfunctions, how often is the answer as simple as turning the computer off, and then turning it back on? In my experience, usually the computer starts right back up again, working just fine. Whatever went wrong before disappears. Our lives have a God-designed reboot button as well. It’s called night. As I…