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Opinion: Lord has plenty to teach us through all this unpleasantness

Like most humans with a few years on them, I’ve had an occasion or a few (not too terribly many) to mention to the Lord that, in this distress or that difficulty, I have at least two requests. Jesus...

 

Life's biggest blessings are the smaller ones

I’ve long thought that, in so many ways, the biggest blessings of life are the small ones. The weeks we’re living through right now underline that, don’t they? If, just a few weeks ago, you...

 

Even without virus, life breezes on by

I must begin this column with an apology and a plea for your patience. This is third column, in as many weeks, in which I mention the coronavirus. Witless, I know. But terror drives people to...

 

When God needed miraculous measures, he sent his son

Oops! I doubt he cares, but it looks like a billionaire toy maker for cool kids just got himself into a bit of a bind. (He makes high-priced and over-hyped electric cars — he can keep those, as far...

 

Taking reassurance from the promise of God's love

Quail. I have nothing at all against those birds. I enjoy looking at them. I’ve fed a few. Raised a few. Shot a few. Eaten a few. I enjoy them on every level, from my eyeballs to my taste buds. So...

 

Don't forget to thank God for beauty of music

“I love you for sentimental reasons ...” Yes, indeed, and I love singing that sweet old song and so many more of the “Great American Songbook” songs, songs like “It Had to Be You,” “The...

 

Lord points us toward sturdy foundations

Dealing with reality can be hard, but it’s better than the alternative, which looks easy and turns out to be much harder. In Jesus’ parable of “The Two Builders,” he talks about two gents who...

 

It's good to explore past the four walls you know

It’s a good thing when your world expands. When I was a child living at 125 N. Goliad St. in Amarillo, my world expanded one sidewalk at a time. My younger brother and I were great adventurers. His...

 

Focus on Jesus to find genuine freedom, joy

A good many folks believe that if you do everything right, you might live to be well over 100. Two glaring presuppositions shine forth from this belief. One is that you actually might want to live to...

 

Water only what you really, really want to grow

Recently, I watered a weed. “Big deal,” you say. “Most folks in your neighborhood, mortals whose lawns are not perfect, water weeds every time they water. What makes you special?” No, you...

 

A few biblical quotes can put a greeting in perspective

This was the greeting offered to me recently by a cherished (and dare I say?) old friend who is one of my respected predecessors in my present (for almost 35 years) pulpit: “Well, you got old, too....

 

Growing more amazed with Father's power as we trust him

Well, how are your New Year’s resolutions coming along? Oh? Sorry. I didn’t mean to touch a sore spot. I suppose nothing is a much sorer spot for humans than having to face the fact that we...

 

Know a few things for sure at the beginning of this new year

As I write this week’s column, can I just admit from the outset that I’m not sure I should be writing this week’s column? At least, not on this topic. I could easily come off as grouchy and pess...

 

Memories in 'mangers of the mind' precious in their own right

There is holiness to memory, Philip Gulley writes in his “Christmas in Harmony,” and “a sense of God’s presence” in what Gulley calls the “mangers of the mind.” Perhaps the memories in...

 

Christmas not a season for holding back love

“By the way, I’m not doing Christmas cards. If you want them sent, you’ll have to do it.” According to Sam Gardner in Philip Gulley’s delightful “Harmony” series, it was the same...

 

Thankful for ancient shepherds and stargazers

Thank the Lord for shepherds and stargazers. While muckety-mucks in Rome were trying to figure out new and improved ways to shake even more shekels from the pockets of the subjugated populace and...

 

Praying to help us not waste this precious time

Zero to sixty. That’s how fast this year we revved up the Thanksgiving sleigh, slid “over the river and through the woods to grandmother’s house,” slammed down the turkey and dressing, and,...

 

This year's odd calendar comes with a fine lesson

For just a moment, ponder this year’s calendar. You’ve already noticed, I’m sure, that it is playing tricks on us this time around. Thanksgiving and the turkey, dragging their heels, showed up...

 

God has populated lives with wonderfully interesting people

In an old issue of Leadership Journal, Chris T. Zwingelberg made this observation: While everyone is familiar with Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes and his amazingly keen powers of...

 

Mondays spent with coffee, adrenalin and a prayer to God

Here we go again. It’s Monday morning. Mondays come after Sundays, and, like most pastors, I tend to be toast on Monday mornings. Brain dead but breathing. It’s not the best day to write, but the...

 

Trust God's willingness to carry our sorrows

Grief. It’s a far bigger word than we usually think. Oh, we all know it applies to the loss wrought by death as we’ve stood at the graveside of a loved one, smelled the flowers, felt the...

 

Jesus' sacrifice paid in full

I cannot imagine why we put up with it. I’m thinking about the sick state of healthcare in America. Don’t get me wrong. I’ve been to Third World countries and seen misery and need. I’m...

 

Cemeteries can help put our lives in perspective

I’m weird, and I know it. But I sort of enjoy spending some time in cemeteries. I’m talking, of course, about the times when I want to be there, not the times when I have to be. Big difference....

 

Plenty of words out there for word lovers

I love words. Perhaps I’ve not fallen into epeolatry yet, but it’s always fun and interesting to meet a new word. (Like epeolatry, which is the worship of words.) One of the best places I’ve fou...

 

Grace is hard - and incomprehensibly wonderful

Grace is hard. It is almost incomprehensibly wonderful. It seems almost too good to be true because it actually is almost too good to be true. It is amazing. But it is hard. Grace is hard because...

 

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