Low Battery

I was sitting at a conference just a few weeks ago, enjoying the fellowship and the message, when this feeling hit me. After weeks, even months, of planning for the conference, after months of traveling up and down the state, after years of living life, raising a family, serving in church, working a job, and…

Stand Against or Stand For

Last night (August 6, 2015) was the first opportunity to see the latest field of presidential candidates in a debate.  And in true political fashion, these candidates spent more time articulating what they stand AGAINST than explaining what they stand FOR.  More and more I see people who are willing to speak out against things,…

More Jesus in Our Faith

Christian Faith has become platitudes. Christian Faith has become a system of belief rather than a way of life. Christian Faith has become just another equation by which we try to figure things out rather than the Solution to the Problems in our lives. Christian Faith has become a social club, a place to have…

Beauty in the Desert

This week, I was talking to a man about his family’s trip to Joshua Tree National Park in the Mojave Desert. I, too, have made some trips out there recently, although not for a vacation. We both made comments about how there is a beauty to the desolate landscape. There is a peace there. Beautiful…

Frustrated with the World

More and more, our nation continues to treat Christians and the Christian mindset with disdain. Atheists are more aggressive in their opposition to Christian belief. Social activists continue to ridicule biblical family values. And the so-called sexual revolution has led to countless issues, including teen-pregnancy, disease and unhealthy attitudes and desires. Sometimes, these kinds of…

The Question of Evil

One of the most common questions (and stumbling blocks) about God and Christianity is “Why is there so much suffering in the world?”  It is a valid question that deserves to be answered by those who promote faith in Christ.  We don’t live in a vacuum.  We live in the real world where questions about…

The Good Earth

One of my favorite books is “The Good Earth” by Pearl S. Buck.  The book tells the story of Wang Lung, a poor farmer who has a love for the land, but a desire for prosperity and prestige. Throughout his life, Wang Lung faced troubles, like famine and poverty, but also experienced tremendous success, and…