Today I had a glimpse of heaven. This is actually the second glimpse I’ve had in two weeks, so God must be trying to teach me something. Today’s had to do with our Thanksgiving meal. Living overseas for 20 years, we always loved sharing Thanksgiving with others. Without family nearby, you seek out other Americans … More When you give a banquet
My week started with a glimpse of heaven. I attended a worship service where all the ethnic churches of the Tennessee Baptist Convention were gathered. I listened to the beautiful Korean choir, enjoyed the sways of the Sudanese singers and gloried in my Lord, as we sang “How Great is our God” in multiple languages. … More Unnatural Disasters
I was locked inside the library with my boss and co-worker on Saturday. The building was surrounded by barricades and police. I could see snipers on the rooftops overlooking our downtown square. A garbage truck was parked in the middle of the street to keep someone from using a vehicle as a weapon. And still … More Post tenebras lux
Have you ever wanted to just “go off the grid” and hide from the troubles of this world? I’ve seriously considered it more than once in the last 50 years. It seems between natural and man-made disasters, the world is coming to an end. I have friends who have stopped watching the news; they claim it’s … More No exemptions
According to the world, bigger is better. If the crowd is doing it, so should we. If my needs are not met 100%, then I should get up and leave. If it makes me uncomfortable, I should protest or seek out a place more tolerant and appeasing. What would make a person want to continue … More When the pews are empty
I’ve been going back to my childhood recently watching “Family Affair”, an old 70s TV show that depicted Brian Keith as an uncle who took in his late brother’s three children. One of my favorite characters is Mr. French, the English butler. He is very distinguished, but can be a wonderful, loving friend to the … More What sets you apart?
They were strangers in a strange land. They had left their home and family to follow the call of God. Famine and trials had forced them to flee even further, but now they were back in the land of promise. God’s blessing was apparent, as they returned with an increase of flocks, herds, and tents. … More Let’s not have any quarreling
While social media posts usually receive a quick perusal at best, I find some draw me in or require a response. Since I didn’t want to “start something” on my friend’s post,(actually I did post one response), I have been thinking a lot about it. Several questions were asked: Is there a God? I don’t … More Do not shrink back
“It’s amazing that after 27 years, we can pick up like we’ve never been apart.” That’s what a retired missionary to Venezuela said as we ate dinner. They’d driven to the conference from South Texas and visited friends along the way. There’s a bond in this group as I hear snippets of conversations on our … More Old Friends
I was always a strong-willed child. My mother used to say I should pause before I so freely spoke my mind. She had the gift of restraint…me, not so much. As the years have passed, I like to think the Lord has helped me to develop that very important spiritual gift of self-control. It’s a … More What do we have to prove?