Gift Exchange

“For God so loved the world that He GAVE His only begotten Son (Jesus), that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” Christmas is a time to celebrate the greatest gift ever given (Jesus)!  God wrapped Jesus up in swaddling clothes and presented Him to the world.  Like any gift you must…

Holiday Thoughts

If you’re like me, you’ve consumed more calories over the last week than you have in the last several weeks combined. You’ve eaten enough turkey to last you until Christmas and you’ve had your fill of pumpkin pie. Wait, who am I kidding? One can never get tired of pie! In all seriousness, I truly…

Thanksgiving Matters

Even before Halloween got here, stores were already putting out Christmas stuff.  Now don’t misunderstand me, there is nothing wrong if you are one of those people who like to put up your Christmas tree and decorations early (my daughter-in-law has already put her tree up).  The birth of Christ is worth celebrating year around. (I guess this could…

Anniversary Thoughts

This past Thursday, Renea and I celebrated our 9th wedding anniversary. I’m not going to waste your time with all the mushy stuff, but I can honestly say that I’m more in love with my wife now than I was on my wedding day. For those who know me totally understand that I outkicked my…

Pastor Appreciation

My heart is heavy as I begin this blog as I just read of another great pastor resigning from his pastorate due to being stressed out, burn out, and depressed. Sure we read how some pastors have fallen into sin and have chosen to step away from ministry, but it seems as though more and…

Sabbatical

“Then God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it, because in it He rested from all His work which God had created and made.” “Six years you shall sow your field, and six years you shall prune your vineyard and gather in its crop, but during the seventh year the land shall have a Sabbath…

Family Evaluation

There is nothing I love more than spending time with my family. Sure, I could go without some of the sleepless nights and all the shenanigans that accompany a family of five, but I honestly wouldn’t trade it for the world. There truly isn’t a dull moment in our home, and for those of you…

Those pesky besetting sins

If you’ve never had a kidney stone, be thankful…be very thankful. For those of you who have had the wonderful privilege, God bless you. Around six weeks ago I had the joy of finding out I had kidney stone, or the “rock from hades” as I called it. Although there were times I thought I might…

Instill Joy or Steal Joy?

Every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, my friend Doug goes to dialysis.  Today it was my privilege to take him.  On the ride there he shared with me how the Lord is at work at the dialysis center where he receives treatment.  One of the patients is preparing to be baptized this coming Sunday and one of…