I saw her across the room I immediately began to pray God, please, let this be her I didn’t know her name Or if she had arrived with Someone else on her arm I only knew I needed to seize The moment before It passed by A long story short We wed several months later And she was the most Beautiful bride I’d seen Ever The envy of my friends The Queen of the Prom The joy of my life… All in one Perfect Until one day A terrible crash Lights of the ambulance Flashed Paralyzed from The waist down Scarred features On her face She barely spoke For a while As I wondered What to do No one envied me Or spoke of her beauty Some stopped visiting Or even bothering To call I could see it In her eyes The fear The sadness Her hope in us Was gone Dear Lord What am I supposed to do A fairy tale no more Some suggest I leave her ToContinue reading »

One of the most heartwarming accounts in the Bible is of the good Samaritan. Many other folks and I adore that story. It reveals that the man in need was rejected by a priest and a Levite, but helped by a good Samaritan. Luke 10:33-35 – KJV But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was: and when he saw him, he had compassion on him, And went to him, and bound up his wounds, pouring in oil and wine, and set him on his own beast, and brought him to an inn, and took care of him. And on the morrow when he departed, he took out two pence, and gave them to the host, and said unto him, Take care of him; and whatsoever thou spendest more, when I come again, I will repay thee. Beautiful feelings rise within when I recall the numerous occasions when good Samaritans have assisted in emergencies, and with different needs and desires. Reminders such as those bolsters hope in humanity.Continue reading »

International aid stretches to many regions. Billy Graham’s son, Franklin, has a ministry, “Samaritan’s Purse.” They give abundant outreach to provide for the needs of people in war-torn, economically deficient and weather damaged areas. Samaritan’s Purse provides evangelistic training, medical, education/literacy, construction and feeding programs. They also have a program called, “Operation Christmas Child.” Joyce Meyer World Missions has an international ministry outreach called, “Hand of Hope.” It provides free medical and dental care among other vital services. Haiti is once again in dire need of aid due to Hurricane Matthew. Disaster relief is in motion for that area and others affected by Matthew. Rebuilding is an enormous task. International help is essential to restore stability to the subject regions. It is deeply heartening to know that caring, skilled and qualified folks are willing to assist and follow through with performances that considerably impact in meaningful ways. Global helpers fill critical needs, and much gratitude flows for what they do to spread care through multiple actions on behalf of needyContinue reading »

I saw You Laying on the ground Covered in blood Flesh peeling back Unrecognizable Gruesome Broken Crying Tears flowing Why won’t You Get up? Why won’t You Fight back? Why don’t You Use the power You hold? Why Hold back? Over the years I’ve struggled To see the plan To make sense Of this Yes, before I was born I saw You Suffer and die For me But this moment Replays in my mind Get up, Jesus Defend yourself! Unleash the wrath You should have Towards those Who oppress You They are Yours They belong To You Don’t You remember Don’t You see The pain is too great The suffering too long Death too frightening As it is for me I ask once more Why are You doing this? Why are You taking Such punishment? In this very moment You look up at me To reply “So you don’t have to.”

I have always been a dog person. I grew up with dogs and even though later in life my wife and I were busy as traveling missionaries; we felt a dog would be a welcome addition to our household. So we got ourselves a nice brown puppy, and the fun began. Puppy training, walks in the morning, exploring the distant fields together at dusk, and loads of chewed up shoes, and a gentle friend for the children. Then my wife got him a collar. Not just any collar, but the best one she could find. A stainless steel collar, complete with a gold color name tag, and when we attached the accompanying red handkerchief to it, he almost seemed better dressed than any of us. “That was an expensive collar,” I questioned my wife. “Sure,” she answered a little sheepishly. “But, it will last us a lifetime, and… it looks so nice.” Money was tight, and I couldn’t see how we could afford such an extravagant collar. I would haveContinue reading »

My heart goes out to the folks involved in child custody issues. Comfort, though, is in the awareness that God is an ever-present help. Psalm 46:1 – KJV, “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.” Yes, no matter what happens, God is love and what the Bible teaches about love and the Lord’s aid provides immense measures of relief. There are instances when, due to actions of vindictiveness, people are being deprived of access to their children. Of course, there are cases when such access is deemed safe and in the best interest of the subject children. We know, though, that there are situations when there are issues of spiteful deprivation. Particularly, disturbing are the times when youth are relocated to foreign countries, which makes custody matters even more challenging. Christians are some of those involved in heart-wrenching custody battles. It’s so draining for parents to be engaged in those sharp disagreements. Of course, children suffer considerably through the ordeals. Thanks be unto God thatContinue reading »

Learning, learning, learning It continues Forever ongoing – Elementary, Middle, High We’re taught Sunday school Bible study Sermons, Lessons, tests – Learning, learning, and learning some more We gain, we develop and progress – Brain and heart challenges Come in plentiful supply – Our achievements Build and cheer us – Learning, learning and learning some more We grasp, we forget We recall and review – Notes, bookmarks, and graphics galore Learning, learning and learning some more Knowledge of God transcends all other topics of learning – Love lessons, Jesus lessons, Wisdom lessons, gospel lessons – Learning, learning and learning some more Nothing adds up better Than learning of the Most High – Learning, learning and learning some more.

Are you feeling trapped? Are you feeling weighed down? Cast your cares on to the lord. Ask him to set you free from the trap you fell into. He will pull you out. He will destroy the traps of your sin. You just have to trust Him. Fix your eyes on Him.     “My eyes are ever on the Lord, for only he will release my feet from the snare.” ‭‭Psalm‬ ‭25:15‬ ‭NIV‬‬  

Autumn is on the horizon A time to reap what’s been sown Seasonal changes occur – Leaves gain new colors and flutter from the trees Coolness arrives in our mornings Pumpkins display their artistic carvings Hay rides fill with gleeful children Candy apples delight our eager taste buds The Lord tells us that we reap what we sow – Yes, we learn the truths in that message – Throughout the Bible we read of the realities of consequences reaped from sown acts of good and evil Splendid changes are on the horizon for those who chose closeness to God Indeed, it’s a win win choice of direction Harvest time is ever present in the kingdom . . .

We are appointed to be diligent laborers in the “vineyards” of the Lord. In Matthew 20 – KJV, we read about ungrateful laborers and how the householder dealt with their dispositions. In Matthew 21 – KJV, beginning at verse 28, we read about the man and his two sons. One son informed that he would not work in his father’s vineyard. Afterward, he repented and went to labor there. The second son agreed to work in the vineyard but was a no show. The first son did the will of his father. Sometimes we reach spiritual, mental and physical postures where we grow weary. We have our seasons, too, when we don’t feel sufficiently appreciated. The Bible, though, empowers us with this verse in 1 Corinthians 15:58 – KJV, “Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.” Glory to God, too, that we’re comforted by a favorite verseContinue reading »

In the Bible, the name of the mother of Moses isn’t given. The act — Exodus 2:3 — that she did resulted in Moses being brought into the care of the daughter of king Pharaoh. The king’s daughter paid wages for a woman to nurse Moses unaware that that woman was his mother. Moses grew in the house of Pharaoh, learned the ways of the Egyptians, and became the main man who God used in the exodus of the Israelites from the land of Egypt. The deed of Moses’ mother set essential “wheels” in motion on behalf of the people of Israel. In the book of Judges, Chapter 4, we read about the brave actions of Deborah, the prophetess who judged Israel for a season. I love reading about her role as a judge. She issued instructions and was instrumental in the execution of the tasks necessary to assure victory. She was a woman on a mission that indeed got accomplished, of course, with the hand of God in theContinue reading »