Scores of folks gathered to witness the Olympic athletes compete. Some of the competitors have stories of courage and perseverance that testify of their faith and grit. Yes, stories of determination and steadfast stances not to quit. I think back to the 1996 Olympics when American gymnast Keri Strug injured her ankle. Her limp revealed to the world audience that she was in pain. What did she do? She bravely stayed in the competition, got on that vault and obtained a score high enough to secure the gold medal win for the team. Her coach carried her to the medal stand to join her team members. The courageous act of Keri was one of the certain highlights at the Olympics that year! The apostle Paul writes in 1 Corinthians 9:24 – KJV, “Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that you might obtain.” Throughout his writings, we note the courage of Paul in the midst of numerous boutsContinue reading »

In Part One of this, I expressed about pastors who were drug addicted. Those struggles can take tolls not only on the addicted but on their family members, as well. Drugs involved aren’t always illegal ones. Scores of folks are hooked on prescription drugs, some of which are sold on the black market. I recall learning about Christian parents with adult children who are/were addicted to drugs. The accounts are steeped in sorrow. There are parents who do the best that they know how while being faithful to gospel truths. Treatment centers certainly do help. Often, though, years of yo-yo actions occur with numerous relapses. Many prayers and works go into measures of help. It’s wonderful news to know that addictions are conquered. Families are elated to overcome the enormous hurdles in addictive circumstances. Of course, we know that addictive behaviors aren’t limited to drugs and alcohol. There’s a reality based cable program dedicated to situations relative to hoarders. Extreme cases boggle the minds of some folks. I’ve seen onlyContinue reading »

Sorrow came to our spaces but we know it’s a temp. Oh, what a relief to have that awareness. Sadness has a role in our journeys so we’re mindful that sorrow will fill its appointments, and that’s okay. How long will sadness stay? Our Lord holds the time card on that play. We nestle in the comfort of truth that sorrow is temporary, and won’t elevate to the status of permanence. Yes, grief has a place, but when we’re anchored in Christ, it can’t uproot our positions in righteous security, safety and calm. Psalm 42:5 – KJV Why art thou cast down, O my soul: and why art thou disquieted in me? hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise him for the help of his countenance.

After our three-year-old son had been diagnosed with leukemia our lives changed drastically. How do you as parents cope with the news that the little fellow that brought so much joy suddenly had to face such a life-threatening disease? There is no formula for it. You just take it as it comes. You seek shelter in the loving arms of the tender Shepherd, but you still have to do the walking. And after we walked together as a family, holding Jesus’ hand through many difficult days, there was a light at the end of the tunnel. The doctors pronounced him ‘healed’. But years later the ugly monster raised its foul head again. The cancer had returned, this time in an unfamiliar country with different people, a different culture, and a different hospital. But the fears were the same and so was the pain, and the endless waiting for even the tiniest signs of improvement. We had to take it just as we had done before; moment by moment, day byContinue reading »

David was the due time man arranged by God to topple Goliath. The other men present ran from the giant man. 1 Samuel 17: 24 – KJV, “And all the men of Israel, when they saw the man, fled from him, and were sore afraid.” David stepped forth and put things in perspective. His own brother misunderstood, and thus unwisely rebuked him for his action plan. Regardless, David wouldn’t allow misunderstanding, distractions or the fears of others to move him from his mission assigned by God. Before his due time with Goliath, David had been prepared by God for this eventful day with the giant man. In particular, we read of two prep actions; David slew a lion and a bear. Yes, by the time he had to face Goliath, David was indeed ready for the epic battle with the uncircumcised Philistine. When Goliath laid his eyes on David, he mocked and disdained the holy man of God for David was a youth and certainly of much smaller stature thanContinue reading »