Steady As She Goes

From 1973-77, I proudly served our country in the U.S Navy as a Hospital Corpsman. Two years of my four-year tour of duty, I served with the 3rd Marine Division. My role was to provide medical care and support for sailors and Marines. My claim to fame as a “sailor” is that I spent a total of seven days aboard …

Amazing Love

God loves you. Whether you do or don’t feel loved by the world, people, or yourself, it is a biblical fact that God loves you. Yes, you! His love is amazing…. and it’s yours! I am so thankful every single day that God loves Steve Roll.  Almighty God, the sovereign Creator of the universe, Redeemer of mankind, is my heavenly …

Glory to God

Pop Butcher. Reverend Charles “Pop” Butcher was one of the very first ministers of the Gospel that I was privileged and blessed to meet as a young Christian. He was the father of Dr. Orval Butcher, founder and pastor for nearly forty years of Skyline Wesleyan Church in San Diego, California. Dr. Butcher was my wife Jo Ann’s lifetime pastor, …

Stuck

Time and time again, hurting people who come for counsel, declare with a sigh “Steve, I am stuck.” “Stuck” happens for many reasons. Death of loved ones can leave us stuck in grief and loneliness. Divorce can leave people stuck in heartbreak and failure. A broken home can leave children stuck in feelings of abandonment and rejection. Betrayal by someone …

Cross Fit

CrossFit is a currently trending, popular workout program for those who desire to be in good physical shape and health. Personally, I have not stepped foot into a CrossFit facility. What exactly its dedicated, disciplined devotees do, I honestly have no idea! I do know its body shaping, body building  believers stagger out of the gym sweaty, worn out, hopefully …

When the Journey Seems Too Great

Has life ever seemed overwhelming to you? If you answered yes, you are not alone. All of us, who are honest, have traveled on that rugged, weary road where we wonder if we can make another step. Circumstances beyond our control have made life incredibly difficult. Suddenly, we find ourselves overwhelmed, discouraged and even depressed by the journey. Life is …

Choose JOY!

Two people.  Similar life circumstances. One is joyful, happy. The other sad and depressed.  The difference?  Attitude. One chooses joy. The other doesn’t. A strikingly significant sign of our troubling times is the joylessness of so many people. If you don’t believe me, I challenge you to look straight into the eyes of people you meet. What is obvious by …

Resurrection Life

Easter. Resurrection. Jesus is alive! Yesterday, all over the world, Christians joyously celebrated Christ’s powerful, glorious resurrection from the dead. My heart was stirred deeply once again as I focused on the Cross and empty tomb. What a Savior! What is incredible to me, as a follower of Christ, is that the same Holy Spirit that raised Jesus from the …

A Little Bit of HOPE

A dear lady, who was experiencing a significant life trauma, came to me for counseling. Personally disappointed and discouraged, visibly depressed, tottering on the edge of despair, through tears, she opened up to me, revealing the deep, emotional wounds that were tearing her heart apart. I listened. Empathized. Encouraged her, that with God’s help, she would get better. I shared …

Withstanding Life’s Storms

Springtime in Oklahoma means severe storm season is upon us. By severe, I mean potential tornadoes that suddenly sweep across the Great Plains, bringing with them swift, unfathomable destruction, devastation and disruption of “normal” living. Bless their hearts, meteorologists do their educated best to inform unsuspecting folks of impending danger.  With the aid of computer models, they diligently issue severe …