Let God get a Grip on Your Anger

What makes you mad?  I was thinking about this the other day. What really ticks me off? What makes me angry? The pets tearing up stuff in my yard and in my garage. That makes me so mad. I get angry at my weed eater that won’t start. I get angry with the person who…

Take Me Out to the Ball Game

The Rangers were playing at the ballpark and a friend gave us tickets. The seats were beyond belief. Twelve rows back, just to the left of home plate. My middle son, Andrew was about nine at the time. He and I were huge Ranger fans. So there we were, Amy, Andrew and me. Decked out…

God Provides

Some people have this idea that if you follow Jesus, you won’t have troubles. I don’t know where that came from. The truth is, if you follow Jesus you will still have trouble. Maybe even more trouble. Matthew 8 describes the scene. The disciples on in a boat when a sudden storm erupts. It’s a…

Ropes are for Sissies

In Matthew 7 Jesus asked, “Why do you reach for the speck that is in your neighbor’s eye and ignore the log in your own eye.” I’ll tell you why. Because its easier and less painful for me to tell you what to do than to do it myself! One time I was speaking at a camp…

Casting Stones

Herod’s temple had a large open outer courtyard called the court of the gentiles. Here, people from every nation were welcome to gather and listen to different teachers describe the God of Israel or expound on His law. The court was a busy, bustling place with large crowds that would sometimes rival a modern day…

What’s in a Name?

All surnames are not created equal.  There are some last names you’d really just rather not have.  Toward the top of this list is probably “Iscariot.”  How’d you like to have that for a last name?  Someone comes along and says, “Hello fellow, what’s your name?” You reply, “Well . . . uhm, my name…

Live Up to Your New Appraisal

I was watching the Antiques Road Show. An elderly man was standing with what looked like an old dresser. It was a small thing. He wondered if it had any value. The expert appraiser began by asking, “What do you do with it?” This old fellow in floppy jeans and threadbare shirt replied, “I set…

The Real Count Dracula

There was once a kingdom in old Eastern Europe, not far from the Black Sea and ringed by the Carpathian Mountains. During the anarchy of the dark ages, this little realm stood as a shining example of law and order. According to legend, the territory was so safe that the ruler placed a solid gold…

Being Content with Weakness

Jesus said, “Blessed are the poor in spirit.” Blessed are those who know their need. Blessed are the broken. (Matthew 5:3) I read that and thought, Huh? You gotta be kidding. Poor in spirit? Lord, this is the 21st century. Every body knows that the secret to happiness is feeling good about ourselves no matter…

Fighting the Good Fight

June 4, 1942. The bulk of the American fleet lay rusting at the bottom of Pearl Harbor. America was on the ropes, and Admiral Yamamoto was winding up for the knockout punch at Midway Island. At 7:30 AM, the Japanese strike force roared over the island. Of the 25 American fighters that took to the…

Are You Ready?

A fellow was standing at the bar staring at his drink. He’d been standing there for at least thirty minutes, and after a while a redneck came up, pushed him out of the way and drank his drink. The fellow dissolved into tears. The redneck said, “Listen, buddy. I’m sorry, but drinks are made to…

Returning to God

Robert Robinson was a rising star in the Church in England in the 1800’s. This young gifted communicator was pastoring large churches before he was even thirty. He wrote music too. One of his best known hymns is the classic “Come Thou Fount.” There’s a line in that hymn that betrayed young Robinson’s struggle. It…