Protection

Security cameras. Alarm systems. Border wall. Immunizations. Insurance. Second Amendment  rights. Law enforcement. Military. Sanitation. Traffic laws…all in place for protection. It is a fact that you and I protect what we value. What we care about we protect and defend. Protection is a big deal to me. I have been taught and trained to be “situationally aware” of my …

Truth

Truth

America is suffering from a severe case of truth decay. Sadly, in our current culture, lying and falsehood is fast becoming the accepted norm. I have asked myself time and time again, is that true? You probably have too. So, how in the world is a good, decent, common sense person to discern truth from lies? How can we know …

Evildoers

If you just watched the evening news and are fussing and fuming about bad guys, the evil, despicable, dastardly deeds they are doing and seemingly getting away with, you need to calm down, chill out and read Psalm 37 in God’s Word, the Bible.   I can’t speak for you, but I can be honest about me. My holy (sometimes …

Containers

I will never forget moving into the dormitory as a college freshman in the fall of 1970. My best friend and “roomie” packed up our few worldly goods and headed for campus in my classic 1947 Chevrolet. With all the gusto and enthusiasm of young men spreading their wings, leaving home for the first time, and stepping out on their …

Change Forward!

Change is inevitable. Welcome, or unwelcome, change knocks often on life’s door. When change comes a knocking, what should we do? CHANGE FORWARD! It is thoroughly human to resist change. You and I tend to view change as a threatening, negative experience. Why? Because change overturns the proverbial apple cart. Change disrupts the status quo. What’s familiar becomes unfamiliar when …

Loss

Loss is a painful part of life. The loss of someone or something that is significant to you and me can send us into an emotional tailspin. In my counseling ministry I meet with precious people who have lost a loved one in death, lost their health, lost their marriage, lost a child, lost a job, lost income, lost confidence, …

Ambition

If you are a professing Christian, what is your greatest life ambition? J.J. Rodale’s Synonym Finder lists the following words (others also) as synonyms for ambition: aspiration, goal, aim, target, destination, longing, yearning, hope, dream, desire, plan, scheme, wish, or end point. Simply put, ambition is our desire to pursue and accomplish a worthwhile goal. Ambitious people are those who …

Transitions

Transitions happen. Whether we are prepared for transitions or not, it is an inevitable fact that life is one long series of transitions. A transition is a change from one thing to another. One life season ends, another begins. A chapter in our life’s book ends. A new chapter waits to be written. What was is no longer. What is …

Acting Like God’s People

Every single day in America we hear more bad news than good news. Bad news sells. The downside of life is popular with the populace, racking up high viewer ratings. The most alarming fact of all is this: bad news is getting bad-der and bad-der!  Talking bobble-heads, the media darlings who flatter themselves with their empty-headed, nonsensical, idle talk, pride …

Emotional Firewalls

Emotional Firewalls

Firewalls. Most of us are familiar with the term but may not know what a firewall actually does. Webster defines firewall as “a wall constructed to prevent the spread of fire.” Firefighters build back fires to halt destructive firestorms. Homeowners install security systems to keep burglars at bay. Sand bags walls prevent Hurricane waters from flooding homes. Immunizations are firewalls …