You Never Know

Everyone has goals.  Everyone has plans.  From the time we are mature enough to start “looking forward” (whether that is a small child looking forward to Christmas or an elderly persons contemplating what “the rest of life” might look like) we make plans.  We chart the future.  This is good and right and wise.  But …

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Wait For It

Habakkuk 2:3 says, “For still the vision awaits its appointed time; it hastens to the end- it will not lie. If it seems slow, wait for it; it will surely come; it will not delay.” As Americans, we are not good a waiting. We grow impatient waiting more than a few minutes in any queue. …

Landmarks

There are several OT verses that prohibit the removal of ancient landmarks.  Proverbs 22:28 says, “Do not move the ancient landmark that your fathers have set” (c.f. Deut 19:14; 27:17; Prov 23:10; Hos 5:10).  These verses are in reference to how the Promised Land was parceled out to the twelve tribes and subsequently to families …

There Is None Righteous

The phrase, “there is none righteous” is a staple among Bible believing people.  Paul quotes it in Romans 3:10, drawing it from both Psalm 14:1-3 and repeated in Psalm 53:1-3.  The Psalms seem to use it in an ethical, practical way; that is to say that nobody lives a righteous life always doing the right …

Too Hip for the Room

Have you ever been considered to be “too hip for the room”?  This is the evaluation of one who is considered (or considers him/herself) “cooler”,  more “culturally up to date”, “urbane”,  and “aware” of the latest catch phrases, clothing, opinions, and social trends of all sorts.  They are the “early adopters” of the latest “thing” …

Clouds Without Rain

Proverbs 25:14 says: “Like clouds and wind without rain is a man who boasts of a gift he does not give”. After high school and before I came to know Christ as Lord and Savior, I worked for a landscaper named Steve Kovach.  My brother Rick and I both worked there and were on salary. …

Dwelling Together

I remember the days of old when we used to “dwell” together as our little nuclear family.  The house was full and strewn about with toys, shoes, personal items, and coats. What a mess!  What a joy! Today as Michal and I ramble around in a house that is empty of children, I wonder at …

Atlas Shrugged

It’s all about you, you know! Atlas Shrugged is a 1957 novel by Ayn Rand. In it, her ethical philosophy of rational selfishness — on which her admiration for successful businessmen and her impassioned defense of capitalism rest — constituted a radical challenge to the dominant beliefs of the culture. Rejecting the prevailing ideas that …

Toxic Masculinity?

It is no secret that segments of our society want to neuter men.  Beginning with an attack on boys who play with toy guns, continuing with the “participation trophy” mantra which decries completion and makes everyone equal winners/losers, to the now intentional de-gendering dynamic in public schools that insists we cannot “assign” gender to boys …