If Your Eye Is Clear
Recently it was necessary for me to spend some time waiting. No one’s favorite pastime I suppose, but as it was, I was in a beautiful and spacious atrium that was very well lit and furnished as comfortably as you could hope for. The architecture of the room was itself very appealing, and the colors selected for the walls, woodwork and stone were perfect to please b... read all »
Oklahoma’s Marijuana Vote
Be advised:  Plans are being made to put state question #788 on the ballot for Oklahomans this summer, which would allow the medicinal use, possession and production of marijuana under certain provisions. This article is not intended to tell you how to vote. Of course we all want to provide anything we can medicinally to address the needs of those who are hurti... read all »
Should I Spank My Child?
For I told him that I would judge his family forever because of the sin he knew about; his sons made themselves contemptible, and he failed to restrain them.- 1 Samuel 3:13 He who spares the rod hates his son, but he who loves him is careful to discipline him.- Proverbs 13:24 Discipline your son, for in that there is hope; do not be a willing party to his death.- Pr... read all »
Redeeming the Time
The above is a phrase found in Ephesians 5:16.  The Greek word for redeem means “market” as in the kind of marketplace you would find in the center of an ancient city.  One image of redemption, therefore, is to regaining possession of something by purchasing it as if it were found in a market. Our time is indeed up for grabs.  It is ... read all »
I Love Christmas!
Don’t you wonder, however, why God chose not to reveal the day of his son’s birth?  Also, why do we not read of Jesus, his apostles or the early church observing the day? Perhaps God is keeping the focus consistent with what he had said through Solomon, “A good name is better than a good ointment, and the day of one’s death is better than the day of... read all »
How Can a Parent Help Their Child?
1  PRAY FOR YOUR CHILD, AND FOR THEIR FUTURE SPOUSE – James wrote       that the prayer of a righteous man does much good (5:16).  Since your child is       God’s child, invite him into their life and your parenting often.  As Peter wrote, cast       all ... read all »
"Mary Had a Little Boy"
Mary had a little boy, his soul was white as snow But he never went to Bible school, ‘cause Mary wouldn’t go He missed the story of the Christ that thrills a child’s mind While other children learned of God, this boy was left behind And as he grew from babe to youth, she saw to her dismay His soul that once was snowy white, became a dingy gray ... read all »
When Your Child Wants to be Baptized
The following approach has been very helpful to me in working with young people who seem not quite mature enough to obey the gospel. The first thing to do when a child shows interest in baptism is to praise and encourage them for taking an interest in God and in the things that he teaches us. Secondly, ask them to explain to you as best they can, why they want to be... read all »
Born To Privilege
Not every child has the privilege of learning from an early age about God, his son, Jesus and his Holy Spirit.  I did. My mother never failed to see that I was present when and where these things were being taught.  She made sure that I had plenty of opportunities to rub shoulders with people who were living lessons in Christianity. What a wonderful enviro... read all »
You Are Biased
Imagine someone with tattoos that cover both arms.  Done?  Good.  Now imagine an older person with white hair and a shuffling gait. Ever see a guy in public wearing a sharp looking suit & tie, or a middle aged lady with brightly colored spiked hair? Picture someone with a cigarette or maybe a young girl with a short skirt and a blouse that shows a lit... read all »