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…

Winning the War with Worry

Some people are born to worry. Erma Bombeck was one. Check out her insights. “I’ve always worried a lot and frankly I’m good at it. I worry about introducing people and going blank when I get to my mother. I worry about a shortage of ball bearings; a snake coming up through my kitchen drain. I…

Pain Hurts Your Heart

When I lived in Houston, we lived next door to a five year old pistol named Blake. At five, he was already becoming a hardened criminal. He would lie when the truth was just as good, cheat any chance he got. He wandered the neighborhood aimlessly. His mom and dad had just installed this really…

What Are You Doing With Your Life?

After listening to a preacher on the radio, a little 8 year old named Debbie decided to be sure of her 6 year old brother David’s salvation. “Do you know about Jesus?” Thinking she might give an interesting new slant on the gospel David said, “No.” The big sister said, “Sit still, cause this is…

Jumping the Fence

I was talking with a good friend on the phone one time. He told me that he felt distant and cut off from the Lord. He told me how he’d gotten caught up in ambition and trying to be a big success. He realized that he’d left God out of a good bit of his…

Speak Truth

One Sunday night a friend named Marc Moore came up to me laughing. He said, “You’ll never believe what Matthew told me in Sunday School.” Matthew was 5 at the time. “Matthew said, ‘Our house is overrun with cockroaches. Every morning when I get up you have to sweep the roaches out of the way…

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…

Treasuring Treasure

Do not lay up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. (Matthew 6:19 ) On the surface this seems to say, “Don’t have anything.” That’s not what he’s saying at all. The message of this text isn’t about whether or not to have possessions. The…

Spoiling Your Value

 for where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. (Matthew 6:21) Ever been around someone that has a major investment in the stock market? Guys that couldn’t run a computer to save their lives want laptops to take with them on trips so they can watch the market. We give our hearts to…

Keeping up Appearances

It matters what people think.  I might say that it doesn’t, but it does.  I want you to like me.  I want you to think well of me.  And you want the same from me.  I’m not sure that’s all bad.  Think what life would be like, how odd it would be if nobody cared…

A Walk on the Dark Side

Today Darth Vader is an American Icon.  The symbol of evil.  We learned from George Lucas that he was once a powerful good Jedi named Skywalker that went to the dark side.  But we never knew how until Lucas completed the prequel trilogy.  The final installment tells how Skywalker got Vaderized. I love that expression,…

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…