Go out into all the World

"And the master said to the servant, ‘Go out to the highways and hedges and compel people to come in, that my house may be filled."  Luk 14:23 Last week as I was preparing for my temporary move to Evansville IN, I was watching Fox and Friends and they were filming from the last open Blockbuster store located in Bend, Oregon.  Kevin McCarthy, a regular movie critic on the Fox morning show was playing the part of an employee helping customers.  It brought back lots of memories of going to our Read more [...]

Thinking of Others – Strangers and those in Need

Our focus scripture, “Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves.”  Php 2:3 ESV In part four of this six part series, we shall look at our focus scripture as, “In humility count strangers and those in need more significant than ourselves”.  There are many more strangers around us then there are friends and family.  This is an obvious truth.  And I am also sure there are many people within our reach that are hurting Read more [...]

Thinking of Others – Our Friends and Family

Our focus scripture, “Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves.”  Php 2:3 ESV In part three of this six part series, we shall look at our focus scripture as, “In humility count our friends and family more significant than ourselves”.  This can be most difficult at times, especially when it comes to family.  There is an old saying, "We can choose our friends, but not our family."  This is very true.  Many times, Read more [...]

Love our neighbors

"You shall love your neighbor as yourself."  Mat 22:39b When we think of the word neighbor, we often think of those who live beside us, across the road from us, or maybe several houses down.  However, was this what was meant by Jesus in the above verse?  I do not think so.  According to Thayer's Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament, it means 'any other man irrespective of nation or religion with whom we live or whom we chance to meet.'  In other words, every human on this earth is Read more [...]

True Christians Do

"So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead." Jam 2:17. Joe calls himself a farmer.  He has incredible knowledge of good farming and fertilization practices.  He reads many books in order to learn all the new techniques to grow more produce each year without increasing the size of his farm.  He is very proud of what he has learned and shares his knowledge with anyone he can.  However, there is a serious problem with Joe.  In all the years he has had his farm, he has Read more [...]

Sometimes we are called to weep

"Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep."  Rom 12:15 Years ago, I became aware of a conversation between two Christians regarding the sufferings of many individuals caught in the horrors of human trafficking.  One of them was relating some of the things people suffered at the hands of evil traffickers.  After a short time, the other raised her hands and declared, "I do not want to hear anymore, it is taking away my joy."  She then walked off and became involved in another Read more [...]

Doing Good

"Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves."  Php 2:3 A couple of weeks ago, I decided it was time to redo my office and study.  It had devolved into such dis-array I never wanted to come down here.  However, now that I, with the help of my family and Brandon, a good friend of our family, have been able to bring order out of chaos, I am back now doing some of things I love, reading, writing, and just enjoying quiet and de-stressing Read more [...]

Love, The Greatest Gift

"A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.  By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another."  John 13:34-35 This coming week, we will be celebrating Thanksgiving.  We all know what this day is about, giving thanks to God for all the gifts and blessing He has given us.  There is so much for us to be thankful for; our jobs, family, friends, the things we have, etc.  However, Read more [...]

On Compassion

"A Society that lacks Compassion, lacks a future" This is a little different post than I normally write.  It is based on the case of little 10-year-old Sarah Murnaghan, who is dying from cystic fibrosis and needs a lung transplant in order to survive.  Without the transplant, she has a mere few weeks to live.  The doctors and surgeons say that she has a good chance of recovering and living a normal life if they can get the lung.  However, federal policy states anyone under the age of twelve Read more [...]

His way not our ways

"For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the LORD.  For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts."  Isa 55:8-9 Too many churches today profess to be ministries, however they act more like businesses then houses of God.  They make decisions based on the principles of business rather than the scriptures.  They view parishioners more as customers they desire to attract and keep, rather Read more [...]