Praise God from Whom All Blessings Flow

In 1 Samuel 1, Hannah was barren in a day that looked upon barrenness as a judgment from God.  Her husband, Elkanah, loved her.  But he had another wife (another aberration of that day) named Peninnah, who vexed Hannah for having no children. Hannah went up with her husband to their annual pilgrimage to the …

Between Insight and Obtuseness

Have you ever been indicted for being obtuse?  To be obtuse is to be thick-headed, unaware, imperceptive, or slow on the uptake. Husbands are often this way when their wife is dropping hints about an upcoming anniversary or special event… or some home repair that needs attention. Wives can be this way when the husband …

Generational Drift

Psalm 78:1-7 says, “Give ear, O my people, to my teaching; incline your ears to the words of my mouth! I will open my mouth in a parable; I will utter dark sayings from of old, things that we have heard and known, that our fathers have told us. We will not hide them from …

Fearing God but…

A few years ago, a new house was built in our neighborhood. As it was being built, it grabbed everyone’s attention as it was obviously and easily the most expensive home in the subdivision. When it was finished, the owner invited the entire subdivision to an open house to see the new home and enjoy …

Times that Try Our Souls

When the young American Revolution was nigh unto coming undone, Philosopher and Scholar Thomas Paine wrote a series of 16 pamphlets, written in common language, to bolster the sagging morale of the Colonists. Often known as, The American Crisis, or simply, The Crisis, there are 16 pamphlets in total. Thirteen numbered pamphlets were published between 1776 and 1777, …

To Love Somebody

"To Love Somebody" is a song written by Barry and Robin Gibb.  Barry was the lead singer for a group known as the Bee Gees and the song was released by the Bee Gees from their international debut album, Bee Gees 1st, in 1967.  The song was not an immediate smash hit although it did rise to #17 on the Charts …

Dog Vomit

I just read that dog ownership is up to about 68 percent in American homes.  It is a sharp increase in the last few years from somewhere in the mid-fifties.  Dog people are gaining; cat people are in the increasing minority.  The war, I am sure will continue. What is it about dogs that so …