Our Masks

Beep - Beep - Beep! The alarm clock went off at 6:00 AM Monday morning.  It was time for John to get up.  He stayed up quite late the night before and was struggling to find the off button.  After slapping the clock several times, the beeping stops and there is quiet.  He rolls over as if to go back to sleep, however, he had a busy morning ahead of him and needed to get ready. He had spent the previous evening at the local bar with several of his friends.  He told himself he would Read more [...]

Our Identities

"For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control."  2 Tim 1:7 As a child, I pretended I was various superheroes.  I did not mimic any specific ones, but pretended I was someone who could save lives and become adored by all who knew me.  Moving into adolescence, my ideas of what I wanted to be morphed, for the most part into the idea of how I could be accepted by those in my school and church.  I was a lonely young man who had few friends, and was the butt Read more [...]

Self Examination

"Let us test and examine our ways, and return to the LORD!"  Lam 3:40. Last night I watched one of my favorite Christmas movies, A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens.  And the one I watched is my favorite version, where George C. Scott plays the part of Scrooge.  It is a powerful rendition of this Christmas favorite.  As I watched, I became aware there was a very interesting message in the movie I had not seen before.  And it has nothing really to do with Christmas, but it is a very Christian Read more [...]