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Out Of The Closet

October 17, 2017

She'd been in the closet for five years. Now she was coming out. Collecting old picture frames with photos of unknown dead people is a hobby that my wife doesn't particularly appreciate. She does love the old frames with the ornate …( read more )

God Just Wanted Another Angel

October 10, 2017

Communication is an art — and difficult to master. Life is never easy when parents lose an infant or a young child. Though I've never said it myself, I've been in the presence of others who said to grieving parents, "God just wanted …( read more )

More Than I Can Handle

September 22, 2017

My arms were full, and I didn't know whether or not I could make it to the car. At 14 years of age, I began my first real job: bagging groceries at the local Piggly Wiggly® grocery store. Though I had helped my grandfather on the ice …( read more )

Fear The Lord

September 13, 2017

Being around something or someone that I'm scared of is not my favourite thing to do. I have had fears of both real and imaginary threats. My fear was based in reality when bears entered a fellow camper's campsite and devoured their food …( read more )

I Know How You Feel

September 2, 2017

Tragedy had struck. What could I say? As a minister, I've watched people endure their share of tragedy. A husband whose wife decided to drive drunk, leading to the death of their small child. A father whose daughter was innocently riding …( read more )

Pointed In The Right Direction

August 21, 2017

Though I could see the tower from my front porch, its being near did me little good. My wife and I were living in a small town in the South Carolina Lowcountry. Like many others, we had decided to forego a landline and use our cellphones …( read more )

Wanting What I Want … Now

August 11, 2017

I sat in my recliner and watched injustice raise its ugly head. Six balls of various sizes floated around our den. More than enough for each of our three grandboys to have more than one. But they wanted the same one. Our youngest …( read more )

Advice From The Wrong Source

August 1, 2017

To buy or not to buy, that was the question. I was three years in on a four-year car mortgage when the transmission on my Chevrolet Corsica began slipping. Those were the days when cars themselves were constructed better but the engines …( read more )

Act Like A Child

July 25, 2017

They gathered around their teacher with wide-open eyes, eager to hear what she'd say. Our annual Vacation Bible School had arrived. Things would be different this year, since our classroom building was under renovation and we were short …( read more )

Follow The Son

July 16, 2017

The road was covered by shade … with the exception of one spot. The highway leading to the church that I pastor meanders through miles of country. Acres of forest line each side of the road, making for a shady drive. I found that one …( read more )

Enduring To The End

July 6, 2017

Sold at 1.7 million dollars, the 114-year-old artifact rested peacefully in a glass case. While on vacation in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, USA, my wife and I visited the Titanic Museum. No pictures or videos were allowed except in one room: …( read more )

As Pure As Water

June 23, 2017

With most of the world's rivers, streams, lakes, and oceans too polluted to safely drink from without purification, we were looking at one that was 98 percent pure. While on vacation, my wife and I visited Forbidden Caverns near Pigeon …( read more )

Spirit Clouds

June 13, 2017

A much-needed vacation took me to the mountains of Tennessee, USA. Along with my wife and another couple, I found myself nestled in a cabin high in the Great Smokey Mountains. Each morning witnessed me sitting on the porch, admiring the …( read more )

All Things To All People

June 1, 2017

What is understandable to one person isn't necessarily understandable to someone else. Our good friends had moved to South Carolina from Colorado. The wife, Jan, was a native Coloradoan, and the husband a native South Carolinian. When …( read more )

What Speech Reveals

May 26, 2017

I never know what will come out of my oldest grandson's mouth. Near the beginning of last summer, he developed a case of strep throat. My wife and I noticed a rash on his face. Then later, he opened his mouth wide for some unknown …( read more )

God Hunger

May 16, 2017

Appetite doesn't always diminish with age. At 95 years of age, you'd think that she'd eat like a bird. But not this nursing home resident. She's one of our church's shut-ins who recently found herself in the hospital. As I walked in, her …( read more )

Feast Day

May 6, 2017

Some called it "Founder's Day", while others simply referred to it as "Feast Day". A church member extended an invitation for my wife and me to join them on their family property for "Feast Day". Neither my wife nor I understood what she …( read more )

Healing The Hurting

April 26, 2017

God brought the saying to my mind; I never imagined anything would come of it. Every second week, I change the saying on the sign in front of the church that I pastor. Since I tire of trying to find unique sayings — and since we didn't …( read more )

Kind To The Bone

March 30, 2017

Six hundred miles was a long way to move a middle-school student. The year was 1970, and I was ten years old. Dad, a freshly ordained Southern Methodist minister, decided that he'd move our family from Orangeburg, South Carolina, USA, to …( read more )

Expect The Unexpected

March 19, 2017

Ominous clouds threatened as my wife and I eased into the parking space. Hot, humid weather had been the pattern for the past week, so pop-up showers had been increasing. On this particular evening, I had a wedding to officiate. A few …( read more )

Entertaining Angels

February 24, 2017

When death may be just around the corner, even encouragement from a stranger is appreciated. Sam's heart was barely functioning, and many of his vital organs were being affected. He'd been on the transplant list for quite some time, but …( read more )

Discerning God's Voice

February 8, 2017

One text message can change the course of a life. She really didn't want to come to church that Sunday night. After all, they were just showing the movie, God's Not Dead. But her husband wanted to come, so she obliged. Near the end of …( read more )

A New Normal

January 26, 2017

Monday morning arrived, and I couldn't remember what I needed to do first. For the last four years, I've had the same morning routine. My profession as a school teacher required me to arrive at school by 7:30 a.m. Now things are …( read more )

Ignoring God

January 17, 2017

Our challenge seemed simple but proved more difficult than we imagined. The final day of school is always a half day. Following our breakfast feast, it's off to the gym where eligible students receive various awards. What follows is two …( read more )

Blessed By Obedience

January 7, 2017

As a child and teen, I fought my parents' rules tooth and nail, only realizing later how much obeying them had profited me. Forty-seven years later, I can still see the rules hanging in a frame on my bedroom wall. I can't remember them …( read more )

Christmas Remembrances

December 25, 2016

As I grow older, I yearn for the Christmases of my childhood. Being the first grandchild in the family meant a great deal of spoiling. Though I don't remember those years, pictures relay the joy and giving that took place. Prior to my …( read more )

Sweating-Blood Scared

November 24, 2016

He had proudly denied the existence of God and spewed nothing but hate for Him, but that was before he lay on his death bed. The movie, God's Not Dead, details the story of a battle between a college freshman and an atheist philosophy …( read more )

Forging A Legacy

November 9, 2016

As I perused each entry, I wondered what I'd read. I was ending my four-year stint as a middle school language arts teacher. The headmaster had selected the final chapel service as the time for me to officially inform the students that I …( read more )

Rehearsing God's Word

October 22, 2016

Rehearsed materials tend to stay around longer. For the final two weeks of school, I required my middle school language arts students to rehearse what they had learned during the year. The final exam would cover the entire book, so I …( read more )

Getting The Big Head

October 8, 2016

Getting the big head can push us away from God and others. Henry was a close friend of my father's, but they were different. Dad was quiet and reserved; Henry was outgoing and comical. Dad held post-graduate degrees; Henry never made it …( read more )

Wrong Place At The Right Time

September 19, 2016

Thousands of people are at the wrong place at the wrong time every day. As I listen to the latest news headlines while eating breakfast, I hear about people who were at the wrong place at the wrong time. Some are seriously injured, while …( read more )

Fruit Inspector

August 17, 2016

What looks good outwardly can occasionally be disappointing. I'm not a fruit inspector — at least not by profession — but I do inspect fruit before I purchase it. When selecting apples and oranges, I look for bruises or soft spots. If …( read more )

On A Leash

August 1, 2016

One was large and the other small, but they both needed to learn a lesson. I once owned an Eskimo Spitz. My family owned a much larger dog that I inherited when they moved away. I lived in the country. There were no leash laws to abide …( read more )

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