Who Did We Lose in 2018?
70’s rock group Moody Blues blended rock & roll with symphonic orchestrations.  Founding member and lead singer Ray Thomas is now gone. We will miss the comic antics of Beloved Jerry Van Dyke, Dick Van Dyke’s brother. Alan Bean & John Young, who both literally walked on the moon, now walk in eternity. If you can hear “Papa Was a Rolling Stone” in your ... read all »
The Most Wonderful Time of the Year?
That’s what the song says, and it is not entirely wrong.  But Christmastime and year-end festivities can often remind us of reasons we have to be sad.  How does one cope?  Okay, you know some suggestions are coming.  Get ready! Make contact with loved ones as you are able.  Take them some cookies (even store-bought) if they are close enoug... read all »
Power Perfected in Weakness
What does this idea from 2nd Corinthians 12:9 mean? Maybe it’s like when God promised Abraham and Sarah, a couple waaaay past the age of bearing children, that they would have a son through whom the entire world would be blessed.  But then, as if to prove a point, he waits 25 years more to fulfill this promise so that they don’t have a son together until Abr... read all »
What Would Be a Christ-like Response to the “Migrant Caravan”?
Thankfully, what will be done regarding the folks from Ecuador, is not to be decided by the church, but by our government, and the responsibilities of government are very different from those of the church.  Governments are ordained of God to maintain justice among their citizens, rewarding good and punishing evil, according Romans 13:1-7.  The government’... read all »
To Whom Honor is Due
There are currently three holidays in the United States of America that honor military service. Armed Forces Day is observed on the third Saturday of May, honoring all those who are CURRENTLY SERVING in any branch of the military, whether Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force or Coast Guard.  Memorial Day is observed on the last Monday of May and is specifically set a... read all »
Does a Christian have a responsibility to vote in local and national elections?
I believe we do. While no passage addresses this question specifically, several point us in that direction. Jesus said we are to be salt and light, and like cities set on hills (Matthew 5:13-16). This means our lives are to have an obvious impact for good. Our vote, especially collectively, has great potential to impact our world for good when we elect those who will... read all »
Temptation Is Not A Sin
Sounds funny... but temptation is not a sin. Sometimes we forget that.  God allows us to be tempted (1 Cor. 10:13) ...but He doesn't cause nor allow us to sin.  Jesus was tempted more than once... in the wilderness, at the cross, and a 'better time', Luke 4:13..."And when the devil had ended all the temptation, he departed from him for a season."  So wh... read all »
Driving Through History
Traffic.  Driving in Oklahoma City you can see a never-ending hoard of vehicles going in every direction and at all hours……. and OKC’s traffic is small potatoes compared to that of many other cities all over the world. Does it make you wonder how much gasoline and oil is being consumed as you read this?  The logistics stagger the mind. ... read all »
Every Man's Work
Paul wrote to the church in Corinth telling them to stop dividing over mere men.  His point was that no matter who plants the gospel or who waters it, it is God who gives the increase (1st Corinthians 3:1-17). God provided the gospel as seed.  God commits the spreading of that seed to mere men and women, but he is the only one who can make it grow in the he... read all »
We usually think of someone else being gifted; someone smarter, faster, more talented or capable than ourselves. But you are gifted.  You have something to offer the world.  It is your gift, and the more you “give it away”, the more you enjoy it yourself.  Our gifts come so easily to us that we tend to downplay their value.  We think “if it... read all »