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Real 'main event' can be asking God for help

Sometimes the main event is not the main event. A couple of times a year I usually receive article requests, three at a time, from a great little daily devotional magazine. As with all of their...

 

Faith: Seeing dead people warms my heart

“I see dead people.” So said the cute little boy in the memorable line and creepy “confession” from the 1999 movie “The Sixth Sense.” I hope you don’t find it disturbing when I affirm th...

 

Praising God only makes us more joyful

“Come,” invites the Psalmist of old, “let us sing for joy to the Lord; let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation. Let us come before him with thanksgiving and extol him with music and...

 

Faith: Too much 'religion' disregards God's power

“Just try harder!” urged the ladybug. “I am trying,” protested the stressed-out caterpillar. “And I’ve been trying for hours! So far the only thing that’s happened is that I got so...

 

Faith: God's love will never change, even in grief

It’s very nearly as weird-feeling as it is heart-rending — a day when you wake up and realize it’s just another ordinary day for most of the world around you, but your whole world has tilted in...

 

Faith: Trust Christ and follow him even into deep waters

In Luke 5 we find the story of the calling of the first apostles. To get a little space from the crowd, Jesus has turned Simon Peter’s fishing boat into a pulpit, pushed out from the shore, teaching...

 

Faith: Gifts should come from genuine, unselfish love

Uh oh. It seems that the date for this column should probably indicate its content. Rats! If the whole thing reads like it was written by a Valentine’s Day grinch, I should just plead guilty....

 

Faith: Church lost an irreplaceable lady

You probably didn’t notice a wobble in the Earth’s rotation, a split-second tilt in its axis, a brief cosmic stutter last Wednesday. Neither did I. But when I learned later that a sweet lady in...

 

Faith: God's 'mercies are new every morning'

What a sweet morning I’ve just experienced. And this from a person not in the habit of gushing about mornings. A “morning person,” I am not. The preceding sentence is just a fact. No moral...

 

Faith: Children could take better shot at leading government

As I write, it is Day 31 of the longest government shutdown in the history of our nation. I tend to think that a much longer, much more permanent, shutdown of a good many regulation-spawning...

 

Faith: God makes all things new - but maybe not trucks

A big part of this is reverse snobbery, I know, but I love my old pickup truck. That faithful machine already had 90,000 miles on it when I flew down to Houston a bunch of years ago, laid eyes on it,...

 

Faith: We should spend some time looking in both directions

Well, here we find ourselves again in January, and maybe some reflection is in order. On the one hand, author Thomas Mann is right: “Time has no divisions to mark its passage, there is never a thund...

 

Faith: Remember season's lesson, no matter how you celebrate

I am writing this column on Dec. 26. Christmas is not even close to being over. This is only the second of the “twelve days of Christmas,” which was a season a very long time before it was a...

 

Faith: Hope runs deep in the Christmas season

Hope. One of the most beautiful of words, hope is very near the heart of this season. For me, the Christmas-singing season usually starts in earnest about the second week in December. I start...

 

Faith: World may be crazy but God breathtakingly wise

If extraterrestrials were to land in our part of the world seeking intelligent life, I often think they’d return to their mothership reporting that none exists. I do not believe extraterrestrials...

 

Faith: Christmas trees don't have to be perfect to be beautiful

My earliest Christmas memories are mostly wrapped around our family’s Christmas trees. I remember Mom making creamy hot chocolate and my sister stacking the spindle of the old record player with an...

 

Faith: Why does God attend worship?

A number of years ago now, I took some of our family 70 miles down the road looking for a little dose of culture. We went to hear the symphony, and, with them, the man who’s arguably the best...

 

Faith: We share similarities, but Father Tim the better pastor

I’ve been enjoying re-reading Jan Karon’s books set in Mitford, North Carolina, centering on the life and ministry of the community’s Episcopal priest, Father Tim Kavanagh. I like Father Tim....

 

Faith: God's truth: Love always greater than power

I recently read a well-written obituary by James R. Hagerty in The Wall Street Journal. The story focused on a woman who so loved to be in the spotlight that her former husband — she had four and...

 

Faith: God best defense against spiritual rodents

I like to think of our back yard as a mostly safe, peaceful, and appealing place. Until recently, it was. Oh, there were years when a good-natured Great Dane lived there. It was safe. He was...

 

Faith: Jesus still the best friend any of us have

If I ever write anything wise — you know, the kind of pithy one-sentence bit of proverb-like wisdom that shows up in quotation books and on Internet “great quotes” sites — I hope I can avoid...

 

Faith: Grandparents' home full of joy, memories

If you know me, any of my three brothers, or, heaven help you, all of us, you know that our grandparents’ old place in Robert Lee, Texas, is dear to our hearts. Granddaddy Key built the house in...

 

Faith: In spite of her flaws, I love the church

I love the church. Not just (just?) the church universal, that marvelous, amazing, and miraculous Body of Christ composed of all of God’s children, everyone who ever has or ever will wear...

 

God's manual written to point us to our Savior

I’m considering buying a new weed-eater. It’s an extravagant thought. The old one, older than five of my grandkids, is still working fine but taking longer on first start. My patience is wearing t...

 

God's presence real in prayers both answered and not

One of the finest of many great gifts my mother gave me when I was just a little guy was reading to me. Most of all, she read me Bible stories. Since I wasn’t a declared English major in my...

 

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