A Good Man Gets There

I was reading in Gen. 44 – 45 about the account of Joseph and his brothers in Egypt. It has often been said that whereas Scripture reveals the sins and failures of her “heroes,” Joseph is left unscathed never being presented in a negative light.  I disagree.  Joseph displays duplicity and disingenuity as he “toys” …

A Song at Midnight

Since Christmas, Michal and I now wander around our suddenly large and quiet house still ringing with the echo’s of “What dis is?” from Draycen, Griffin’s guttural communications, Tootie’s sly and engaging smile, Marcus’ brute strength, and Gunner’s hearty giggle.  We miss the laughter of two sisters spending their last days together for quite a …

Are You the One?

John the Baptist was no wilting flower.  His ministry was one of conviction and unflinching faith that he was the forerunner to the Messiah, Jesus Christ.  He was bold, assured, strong, fearless, and powerful.  There was no one more confident that this Jesus was indeed the Messiah.  He said of him as he came to …

Beauty

They say beauty is in the eye of the beholder. I’m sure all who saw my grandchildren would agree with me as to how beautiful they are. When our grandchildren started coming, we were the quintessential grandparents thinking that they were the cutest little things on earth.  As we now enjoy our five grands (with …

We Become Like Them

Have you ever realized that we become like those we honor?  If we make heroes out of athletes, entertainers, or other celebrities, we start to want to be like them.  Perhaps we’ll dress like them or try to sing the way that they do.  Perhaps we’ll attempt to mimic their mannerisms.  If Michal Jordan is/was …

Who Is Counseling You?

Sometimes, when people are trying to be funny in relationship to some offbeat thing you have said or done, they might say something like “you’re seeing a whole raft of doctors, aren’t you?”  Or they might simply cryptically ask, “So, who’s counseling you?” Well, when I ask that question, I’m not trying to be smarmy …

What Time I Am Afraid

Do you remember the verse your parents taught you when you were little: “When I am afraid I will put my trust in you” (Ps. 56:3)? In our family, we used that verse to still the childish fears of our children when they were small concerning whatever it might be that threatened them at any given moment; …

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 …

Hi and Lois

Does anyone remember the old comic strip named “Hi and Lois”?  I have not seen it in years.  It chronicled the humorous events of marriage of a man named Hi and Lois, his wife.  The name was a metaphor for the “ups” and downs” of married life. That comic strip itself kind of sums up …