We’ll Meet Again

We were recently reminded once again of the great generation of Americans that helped preserve our freedom by defeating the likes of Adolf Hitler in Germany, Benito Mussolini in Italy, and Tito in Japan.  The occasion was Pearl Harbor Day, December 7th, 1941; a day that has lived and continues to live in infamy for …

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Not So Common Sense

Do you get the idea that “common sense” is not all that common anymore?  Common sense once was those propositions, ideals, or evaluations of things that were self-evident.  The framers of our Constitution lived in a day when the very birth of our nation was based in “self-evident” truth. They were common sense propositions with …

Losing Heart

Life ebbs and flows doesn’t it.  Today’s joy quickly turns to tomorrows sorrows.  In one period we are financially “flush” and at another there is great want.  At times we think we could not possibly feel any better physically (given our age :)), and at other times we feel miserable.  Then, we have wonderful times …

Excuses

One day a pastor decided to visit a delinquent member that had not been attending church.  As the pastor entered the member’s home he sat down and began a friendly dialogue but eventually got down to the reason for his visit.  The pastor said, “Don, I’ve noticed that we have not been seeing you at …

I am the Greatest

Before he came along modesty, humility, and generosity to one’s opponent was the norm.  After he came self-promotion, bragging, arrogance, and conceit took over.  Today, when you see an athlete preen before the camera, thump his chest over a play just made, or put on some kind of overt display to draw attention to himself …

Bad Bad Barabbas

There is no way to “white wash it” or “sugar coat it”; Barabbas was a bad man. Mt. 27:16 indicates “And they had then a notorious prisoner called Barabbas.” Mark 15:7 adds that he was a rebel against the Roman occupation and had committed murder in the insurrection the zealots carried out against Roman authority. …

And God Knew

It is important to us as human beings, that we get the sense that there are others that know that through which we are going.  This does not always portend that that through which we are going is of a negative nature.   Many times we want people to know what blessings are going on in …

Family Fragrance

Back in 2012 we had one last family vacation with our five Children.  We picked a perfect spot for this time.  A friend from college in the ministry had a home in the U.P. just 20 minutes from the bridge on US 2; the road that skirts Lake Michigan.  It was beautiful and idyllic; a …

Accidents or Appointments

Life is a series of events; some pleasant and good, some difficult and bad.  Why do things happen the way they do?  Why do lives fall apart, why do natural disasters occur, why do bad things happen to “good people”? Why are some people extraordinarily blessed with health, material goods, and good fortune when others …

Transferring Our Hope

Poor Leah!  It seems she was always playing second fiddle to her sister Rachel.  Leah was the first born daughter of Laban; Jacob’s uncle. But from the time that Jacob first met Laban’s second born daughter; Rachel, he had his eye on her (see Gen. 29).  Rachel was beautiful. A real “knockout” we would say …