Stop Following the Crowd!

Stop following the crowd! Easier said than done. There is something in us that makes us want to be a part of the crowd.  When the crowd goes for something its just human nature to follow. The prankster with a hidden camera, Alan Funt, was notorious for exposing our frailties. In two episodes from his…

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…

Gifted by God

I came across this article several years ago in one of Chuck Swindoll’s books. He got it from the Springfield Oregon Public Schools Newsletter: “Once upon a time, the animals decided they should do something meaningful to meet the problems of the new world. So they organized a school. They adopted an activity curriculum of…

Fighting Temptation

A friend heard that I was dieting so he sent me this. It’s called THE NON-STRESS DIET This diet is designed to help you cope with stress which normally builds up during the day. ** Breakfast Grapefruit 1 Slice Whole Wheat Toast, Dry 8 oz. Skim Milk ** Lunch 4 oz. Lean Broiled Chicken Breast…

Stinging the Giant

It was three o’clock in the morning and my dog was barking in the back yard. Every night about that time, she would go off. I don’t know why. Dogs are mysterious that way. I stumbled out of bed found my glasses while grumbling to myself about the stupid dog. Why does she bark like…

The Demon of Overeating

Every day in America 101,280,321 adults are on diets. We spend $2,021,918 on exercise equipment and jog 17 million miles, burning 1.7 billion calories. So why is it that every year we pledge to lose weight? Why haven’t we lost it by now? Maybe it’s because every day we also consume 75 acres of pizza, 53 million…

In the Shadowlands

One of the all-time classic cartoon movies tells the story of young lion whose father reigned over all animals as “The Lion King.” Through a series of events, the father, Mufasa, dies and the young Simba is left to wrestle with who he is. His adversaries chase him into the world of the Warthog and…

Staying Focused

Chuck Swindoll wrote this story in the Dallas Seminary Alumni paper. I have a friend whose daughter is into the whole ecological scene. Thankfully, she married a man of like passion, so it’s a good match. Not long ago the two of them, along with their preschool son were driving, up the East Coast, not…

A Good Skiing Experience

Romans 8:28 says, “All things WORK together for Good.” It doesn’t say, all things are good. I first learned to understand this through an episode on a ski boat. I grew up on Lake Texoma, north of Dallas. My friend Tony Sneddon’s father would let us take his 15 foot ski boat to the lake…

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…

What the Lord’s a-doin’

Etoi George was one of those saintly ladies in our church that served quietly and faithfully throughout her life. She was born in 1916. I last saw her in 1997. She was 81. Etoi was filled with love. She loved the church, she loved the lord, and she loved people. One night I was sitting…

The Crazy Cousin

Buck is a wiry West Texas Cowboy I know with a big mustache and a thick accent. One morning, we were talking in the church office, and he said, “Have I ever told you about my crazy cousin, Scotty?” “No,” I said. “Scotty lived behind the Gifford Hill rock crushing plant in an old shanty…