The Doorbell

Fifty years ago, doorbells were certainly much simpler, but more often used. With all of our technology, personal visits in our homes are becoming rarer. For many of us, the main reason we have a doorbell is for the person delivering our packages from Amazon. Years...

One and Done?

“Extinction” is the word used to express a growing number of peoples’ belief of what happens in death. We are all familiar with the term “extinction” when it is used in regard to certain species of animals. It means there are no more of those particular creatures. But...

Words

It is amazing how powerful words can be. Only a short phrase can bring someone to tears or spasms of laughter. Words are subtle. A person can say something which seems totally acceptable to all the people in the room except for one individual. To that person, those...

“All Is Well!”

So the story goes, in the time of the majestic wooden sailing ships a fierce storm came upon a passenger vessel. All the travelers were quickly taken beneath the deck. As the hours crawled by with no weakening of the storm, many became worried the ship would make it...

Success!?!?!

Not too hard to determine from the photo above who is successful. Isn’t celebrating a touchdown in front of 100,000 adoring fans the epitome of success? Absolutely – from a human point of view. Which leads to the question, “Is there any other point of view when it...

Reality Check

The older woman looked up from her hospital bed into the sad eyes of her doctor. “Loretta, how many times in the last 20 years have we talked about changing your diet. I’m so sorry, but I can’t promise anything about recovering from this heart attack.”...

God’s Chisel

Most Christians identify the result of receiving Jesus Christ as their Savior and Lord with the blessing of “being saved”. Practically, that means they have been saved from God’s just punishment for their sins because of the forgiveness Jesus Christ won for them on...

The Danger of Blending In

For most of us, it is very awkward to stand out, especially when what calls attention to us is not favorable to the people around us. To disagree with the opinion of the majority or to look different than the rest of the crowd is so powerfully uncomfortable that our...

Don’t Play with Fire

It is hard to imagine life without fire. We wouldn’t be able to cook our meals, warm our houses, drive our cars, or manufacture most of our goods. Fire is a key part of so many things which make up our lives. Without it, we would be lost. But for all the good fire...

The Raging or Revealing God?

Isolated in a remote, barren desert the people of Israel make camp before a stark, craggy mountain. The scene is a depressing contrast with the lush pastureland they had left in Egypt. But it was here they were told that their God was going to meet them. And meet them...