Picking your Guide

I heard the story one time of a man who approached an elderly woman on a busy crosswalk. “May I cross with you?” She was flattered that a young man would be so chivalrous. Of course he could help her across the busy street! So arm in arm they stepped from the curb right in…

Sacrificial Love

Guys, how did you tell her you love her? Some of us are worse at that than others. I came across this from a woman’s perspective. Here are three sure fire ways to say ‘I love you’: The teacher in our adult-education creative-writing class told us to write, “I love you” in 25 words or…

Your Life Counts

(Romans 5:8) But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners. The fact that Jesus died for you should tell you about the value He places on you. And notice he did this BEFORE you became good. A lot of people think they have…

Boating by Night

My brother-in-law is an expert fisherman. I’m not. Once in a blue moon, we used to get together at his camp on Toledo Bend and go fishing. I love to just get out and enjoy the scenery. He likes that too. But mostly he wants to catch fish! Several years ago we went fishing after dark….

God Loved First

We almost always want to be First. First in line. Best seat. Highest position. Biggest steak. It’s human nature to “look out for number one,” and that means going first. But there are some things that you don’t want to be first at. We used to have this 12 foot pool in our backyard. Kind that…

Jesus was Big

One Christmas I was looking into the manger at that tiny little ceramic figure portraying Jesus. That’s how some people see him. Just a little harmless figure. It makes me think of my favorite story of Christ’s birth, which can be found in John. John, unlike Matthew and Luke, John does not have a nativity story….

The Golden Galleon Prank

The Lake Cities Sun is a local newspaper that circulates to the residents of Corinth, Lake Dallas, Hickory Creek and Shady Shores. Every year, the paper plays an annual April fools trick. In 1995 they might have gone too far! They concocted a bogus story about a 17th century Spanish galleon being discovered in Lake…

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…

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…

Chasing Happiness

For twenty years, Larry Walters dreamed of flying. One day, he drove to the GI surplus store and purchased forty-two military-grade weather balloons. Larry tied the balloons to his lawn chair and secured the chair to a car with a couple of nylon tethers in the backyard of his girlfriend’s house in Los Angeles. He gathered supplies…