Contactless

Have you noticed how prevalent this word has become in the last few weeks in advertising?   From drive thru restaurants to having a swimming pool installed to buying a car…all available without interacting with another human.

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Essentials For A Christian Life – Chapter Five

CHAPTER FIVE

newgrowth_300The Lordship of Christ (Who is in Control?)

“that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation.” Romans 10:9-10 NASB

When a person comes to realize they are a sinner (they have sinned against God’s law) and they realize they are in need of a Savior to satisfy their sin debt and that Savior is Jesus Christ, the son of the true and living God, Continue reading

Prepared For A Second Love?

Nancy and Steve

I have always been a “one-woman-man”!  I have always only dated one woman at a time and I have never been interested in having multiple girlfriends at a time.    If you review my writings, you know I was completely “head over heels” in love with my wife.

I meet Terrie when I was 18 years old.  I wanted to spend all of my life together with her and I would have like to have been “Raptured” out together, being together until the very end.

But after four years of dating/courting and forty one and a half years of marriage,  my world changed. Continue reading

Essentials For A Christian Life – Chapter Four

CHAPTER FOUR

newgrowth_300Our Purpose (Dedicating Yourself To Jesus)

Every structure that is built is built with a purpose.  1 Peter 2:5 NIV states: “you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.”  What is our purpose?  1 Peter 1:15-16 says we are to holy!  In this lesson, we will study what it means to live a sanctified life.  As a believer, it is essential to dedicate yourself to Jesus.

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Family

 

When I was just a boy watching a black & white television set, there were two programs about families that I liked to watch.  One was “Leave It To Beaver” featuring the Clever family;  Ward and June and their two sons, Wally and Theodore (Beaver).   I’m not sure  what kind of work Ward did, but he wore a suit to work everyday and they lived in a two-story house.   June wore “A” line chic dresses with a upturned collar and a nice pearl necklace.  The “boys” always seemed to have clean clothes and a nice bedroom they shared with it’s own bathroom.   Beaver would do something that led to a life lesson about knowing to do right and developing character and morals.

The second program was “Father Knows Best” featuring the Anderson family.  Jim and Margaret Anderson had three children, Continue reading

Harmony

As a teenage boy of the late 1960’s, I enjoyed listening to the harmony sung by the Beach Boys, The Beatles, and Simon & Garfunkel.  To know that two or more voices were singing together and it sounded as one voice to me, was amazing to me.  In the fifties, Doo-Wop music was popular for it’s harmonious sounds.   And I’m sure, with some study, we would find throughout history, harmony has been sung since there was a song to sing.  Now I’m not a musician or a student of music or music theory.  Continue reading

Commitment

I was praying on the way to work the other day and I thought about the word “commitment” and where I was regarding commitment in my life.

I like to have a common understanding of what words mean so I like to add a definition

 

com·mit·ment  /kəˈmitmənt/ noun

  1. the state or quality of being dedicated to a cause, activity, etc.
  2. a pledge or undertaking

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Why Is It My Church Home?

The first church I was a member of, after becoming a Christian, was a small church in Moore.  I enjoyed the people, the preaching, and growing in my faith.  The church ordained me to be a deacon after I had been a Christian for about seven years.  I learned the Bible would guide me and instruct me, and even show me when I didn’t have the correct motive or actions.   My social skills improved, as did my involvement with others.

My sister once commented to me that I took on Christianity as a lifestyle.  I think that is what Jesus would call someone who is his disciple. Continue reading

The Letter

 

Have you ever received something you didn’t know just what to do with it?  That happened this last week.  One of our cousins found a letter from my mother written to my father.  The date of the letter was November 1, 1965.

My cousin was going through some of her father’s things and found this letter addressed to my dad and sent to my uncle’s address.  There were times my dad would work out of town, being gone all week.  I believe he was working near my uncle and stayed with him on this trip.  My cousin read the letter and contacted my sister in regards as to what to do about it.  Sis asked my cousin to mail it to her address.  Continue reading