Bible Reading Glasses

It’s amazing to me how we read the Bible while wearing different glasses.  I personally have a dresser drawer full of Bible reading glasses.  My mood or interest at the time determines the “frame of reference” I choose to put on my face.  When I’m discouraged, I reach for my “comfort” glasses.  I slip on […]

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Leading with Humility and a Cause

Leading with humility and a cause is not only important in the government, corporate, and church world but in marriage and family as well.  Ezra, a priest and teacher, helped oversee the building of the temple as Israelite exiles returned to Judah and Jerusalem.  Gross sin among the people as well as their leaders was […]

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Cross-eyed in Satan’s Crosshairs

King Solomon became cross-eyed and a sure target in Satan’s crosshairs.  “Give me wisdom and knowledge, that I may lead this people” (1:10).  Perhaps he should have asked God for wisdom to lead himself. When did Solomon’s eyes, once squarely centered on God, become cross-eyed?  When did he begin depending more on himself and less […]

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One Grain of Sand at a Time

An ant hill is formed one grain of sand at a time. It’s a familiar sight in East Texas for sure, especially after a drenching rain. “Go to the ant, you sluggard; consider its ways and be wise!” (Pro. 6:6). I don’t consider myself a lazy person by any means. I have plenty to do […]

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Hasten the Day for a Truly Unprecedented Day

Lately, we’ve heard a lot about how we are living in an “unprecedented” time and how we can “hasten the day” when life returns to normal by following the President’s Coronavirus Guidelines for America. Maybe so, but human history unequivocally experienced a one-of-a-kind, never-before-seen, unprecedented day when God’s Son walked out of the grave on […]

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We See Social Distancing and Quarantines in the Bible

Social distancing and quarantines are nothing new. We see them in the Bible. The greatest social distancing of all time was Noah and his family in the ark (Gen. 7:13)! We see it with Lot and his family in Genesis 19:16. Circumstances can dictate the need for social distancing. We also see it portrayed in […]

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Friendship Unleashed

It is refreshing to witness friendship unleashed today. Meet Heidi, a yellow lab mix, and her new best friend, Eli. Here’s their story as told by owner Chuck. “The coolest thing happened to me! I decided to go to the animal shelter to see if they might have a suitable companion for Heidi. She has […]

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Rest, Fun, Celebrations, and Camping

Rest, fun, celebrations, and yes, even camping!  Sounds like the best game plan ever!  And these were all God’s ideas from the beginning!  So why are they so elusive in today’s world?  Because some things just need to be planned and scheduled. Take a look at Leviticus chapter twenty-three.  I know.  Leviticus?  Really?  But there’s […]

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God’s Gold Mends the Broken Heart

God’s gold mends the broken heart. This truth was perfectly illustrated to me recently when a precious friend gave me a kintsugi heart necklace. This Japanese art form repairs broken pottery with seams of gold-infused lacquer to make the repaired object even more beautiful and valuable than it was originally. My new favorite necklace symbolizes […]

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On Suicide, 2020, and the Bible

Let’s talk about suicide, the New Year 2020, and the Bible.  This blog is not entirely bleak, so hang tight. I was always taught growing up that anyone who died by suicide went straight to hell.  I never questioned that statement, because I always believed the grown-ups in my life.  Many in my boomer generation […]

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