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 …

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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 …

Peaceful Sleep

What keeps you up at night?  What is it that keeps you from drifting off to sleep in a timely fashion? We are only a few days away from Christmas as I write this.  Many are busy planning their holiday schedule replete with festivities, fellowship, family gatherings, and sumptuous feasts.  The house is all aglow …

Instant Replay

Back in the 1960’s the NFL was still a struggling professional football league that had not captured the imagination of the country.  Baseball was king back then and the NFL was an afterthought.  College Football was much bigger and much more important in the minds of sports fans during that time. But the NFL came …

Fair Weather Christians

Fair weather friends are those that stick close to you during good times but abandon you when times are not so good.  Fair weather fans are those who are great followers of their team…when they are winning.  Fair weather Christians are those who maintain fealty to God as long as the blessing flow. Job was …

Good Sense

Do you ever feel like our society and culture has lost its good sense?  Good sense might be called “common sense” which is all too uncommon these days, it seems.  I read an op-ed by Mitch Albom of the Detroit Free Press citing the incredible over use of prescription drugs.  He cited that we have …

Ah, the Good Old Days

How many of us wish we lived in a different time?  This seems to reveal the attitude that many have that the former days were so much superior.  We look back to a certain period as the “halcyon” days when everything was better, cleaner, brighter, and more wholesome. I was asked recently by someone, “If …

Hanging Harps

This world is no friend to the children of God.  In ancient times the people of Israel were taken captive by “the world” in the form of the empire of Babylon.  Because of incessant rebellion and disobedience to the God who formed them and brought them to life, who made them a people when they …

No Jesus; No Peace

This past June we saw on the news the successful test of a missile defense system launched from Vandenberg Air Force base where my daughter and son in law, Emilee and Matt Bixler, served the past five years. I was working out in my furnace room exercise chamber, when the news report came on the …