Have you ever watched a dog chase his tail? He works at it so hard but most times he is unsuccessful in capturing that elusive target. No matter how many times he tries or how hard he tries, it seems just out of his reach. Oh, occasionally he grasps it, but when he does, he can't continue that way. He has no hope in his victory, but it doesn't stop him from trying.... read all »
Valentine's Day
Today is Valentine’s Day! A day set aside in our society for showing love to our significant other. Now, I have no vendetta against the holiday, but have you’ve noticed that “love” is marketed to us in the forms of jewelry, flowers, candies, and stuffed animals. That is what I have seen my entire life, so I think it’s safe to say that society sees “love”... read all »
Exodus is Us
As Israel was freed from Egyptian slavery, so all who have obeyed the gospel of Jesus Christ have been freed from sin! But the Israelites were not happy campers. Regardless of God’s profound care for them, they seemed determined to find reasons to complain. Pharaoh’s gonna get us! Thirst is gonna get us! Hunger’s gonna get us! The giants are gonna get us! ... read all »
The Blind the Leading the Blind
Solomon was the wise king of Israel who brought his nation to its zenith of power and prosperity. He did so, however, by overtaxing his people. When Solomon died, his son Rehoboam took the throne. The new king was immediately approached by one of his father’s former servants as well as representatives of the entire nation. They promised faithful service to Rehoboam... read all »
Secondary Side Effects of Covid-19
By now, you probably know that Covid-19 can give you headaches, upset stomach, difficulty breathing, body aches, fever, impact your ability to taste & smell and a variety of other such symptoms (including death) that seem to vary from one victim to another. As if the above were not bad enough, I have seen that this malady can now boast what I believe to be even more ... read all »
The 7th Day or the 1st Day?
Nothing in the New Testament leads us to observe the Sabbath. What we see beginning in the gospels and continuing in the rest of the New Testament is a break from the Sabbath with a new emphasis on the first day of the week. Each gospel writer carefully points out that Jesus’ resurrection was on the first of the week, Matthew 28:1, Mark 16:1-2, Luke 24:1 & John ... read all »
Bad Boys, Bad Boys, What'cha Gonna Do....
Judah’s citizens had practiced 57 years of apostasy & idolatry when Josiah became king….. and he was just eight years old! But he would set his heart to follow God. When Josiah was 20, he began a purge of the idolatrous images and high places. Then at age 26 he sent workmen to repair the neglected temple in Jerusalem. Somehow during this project, a priest c... read all »
Find the Good You Are Looking For
“And Jesus said unto them, ‘Go forth and nit-pick’”, from the book of 1st Darkened Imaginations 13:13. Right. Nit pickers are everywhere, taking great pride in pointing out all that is wrong with the world. They can see a flaw from a mile away… in the dark. Finding fault is the lowest of human skills. The last thing I need is some self-assigned critic p... read all »
Vaclav the Good
Perhaps you know him by the German name “Wenceslas”? He reigned as monarch in Bohemia from 922-929 and was so known for his benevolent nature that he became the patron saint of the Czech people. Mr. J.M. Neale (1818-1866) wrote a song that purports to recount one of Vaclav’s many acts of kindness. The song has long inspired me as to the beauty of those given... read all »
The Possibility: "Peace on Earth!"
Two millenniums ago in a shepherd’s field, A Heavenly Host sang—as God willed— “Peace on earth,” the Almighty decreed: A Savior was born to meet our need! That Heavenly Host was “praising God,” For His response where human’s trod; From the beginning blood had flowed, As Cain—like conduct growed and growed! Jesus, that Savior, solemnly warned ... read all »