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To Whine Or Not

June 5, 2011

I have an admission. I'm often accosted by a complaining spirit. After all, it seems easier to complain than to look for the good in situations. When a car passes me in a downpour because I'm going too slow, and … (read more)

Sin's Senselessness

May 1, 2011

At fifty years of age, there are many things I still don't understand any more than I did when I was younger. For example, a tornado rips through a heavily populated area, killing innocent people and instantly destroying possessions that … (read more)

Restless Souls

April 28, 2011

Written by Katharina von Schlegel in 1752 and translated by Jane Borthwick in 1855, Be Still, My Soul is a sombre song containing encouragement for restless souls. Grief and pain can be borne when God is near. The future is … (read more)

What Controls You?

March 28, 2011

Controlling and controlled — both have the same root word, but entirely different results. Type A personalities are usually the first and Type B the latter. I've known both in my lifetime, and I'm not sure which I would rather … (read more)

Forgiven And Free

March 18, 2011

I have a confession. I'm a lawbreaker. "Why aren't you in jail?" you might speculate. I wasn't caught or convicted. You see, I was driving down a local interstate freeway not long ago when I looked down at my speedometer … (read more)

A Parent's Pride

March 6, 2011

Little Opie on The Andy Griffith Show was devastated. It was report card day. He thought his eyes deceived him, but there they were — all "As". Andy was "proud as a peacock" and bragged of Opie's accomplishments. Opie soaked … (read more)

Go Ahead, Dad

February 23, 2011

Winter had already come to the mountains of South Carolina. What we didn't know would hurt us. My brother, son, daughter, and I planned an overnight camping excursion near Oconee State Park. As we turned onto the partially paved road, … (read more)

Answering The Cry

February 8, 2011

It was Tuesday night. My wife and I were eating at a local fast-food restaurant. I noticed him when we first entered. He seemed to meander around in no particular direction. Later, I noticed him at a nearby booth choking … (read more)

The Wisdom Of Silence

January 24, 2011

I once knew a man who was fond of saying, "I would rather keep quiet and let people think I'm smart than open my mouth and show them how stupid I am." Barney Fife of The Andy Griffith Show never … (read more)

Word Diets

January 10, 2011

At fifty years of age, I am on my first true diet. Weight was never a problem, but as age accumulated, so did the pounds. A diet is not necessarily about what we cannot eat, but rather about being selective … (read more)

Place And Position

December 27, 2010

In late November, I joined a group of around thirty people, and we visited a local prison. Our mission was to set up a mini-store and allow selected prisoners to choose gifts for their children. Then we boxed and shipped … (read more)

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