Stop and Take A Breath!

Istop_300n light of rapidly changing events in our world, many seem to have become unsettled.  Stop and take a breath!  God is still in control of all things! How much?  All things!  He knows the beginning from the end, which is more than we know.  “And we know that for those who love God all things  work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28 ESV

The skies may be dark and the wind may be blowing, regarding the future of our nation, but Christian, doesn’t that give us an opportunity to let our light shine?  To provide a haven for the weary and battered, those tossed about by the waves of uncertainty?  Doesn’t it allow others to see an inner strength in us, that is lacking in most people?

Stop and take a breath and know that God is faithful! This song beautifully sung by Chris Rice expresses what is in my heart tonight.  I pray it is yours as well.

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The Early Years Part 2

Wsteve terrie birthdayhen Terrie and I got married, I worked at a company that manufactured high pressure washers and commercial hot water heaters.  I started as a helper, and moved to building the natural gas and LP gas burners for each unit.  I would test the burners for leaks, install them in the units, test the tanks for water links, and install the controls.  I would occasionally make service calls as well. I was making $3.50 an hour, which wasn’t Rockefeller-type money, but not the minimum wage either.  To earn more money, I knew I would need to further my education.

Three nights a week after work, I would drive Continue reading

Fathers Day 2015

Dad at the Lake_300Since 1978 , Father’s day has been a difficult day for me.  In December of 1977,  I became a Christian and started attending church services every week.  But I discovered the churches I have attended, honor Father’s by having special emphases in the message and by special prayer for all the fathers.  It’s the right thing to do and it should be done.  The problem is that I’m not a father.  I remain seated with the women and the children, feeling isolated.

Being a father is biologically normal and it has happened since Adam and Eve.  I understand fully the program God has set up to sustain the continuation of life on this planet.  Continue reading

A Frayed Society

I am not a prophet or the son of a prophet, but I can see in the not too distant future a time when a Bible-believing Christian or a person with strong morals beliefs, will not bfrayed-ropee allowed to give an opinion contrary to what is socially popular.

The First Amendment (Amendment I) to the United States Constitution prohibits the making of any law respecting an establishment of religion, impeding the free exercise of religion, abridging Continue reading

A Summer’s Day

I haBigCliff_300d read Sandra Hilson’s Facebook post earlier about the Friday night dances at Coulee Dam city hall. Yes, church family, as a teenager I went to dances, but this is not a public confessional, but a series of thoughts. Driving home this afternoon it was hot! 92 degrees and humid in OKC. With high school years in the back of my mind, I began to think of summer in ’67 and ’68. My biggest concerns were mowing the yard and going swimming at Banks Lake or Lake Roosevelt. Brenda Elkins and I would drive the faded red ’56 Ford truck the family had or the ’60 Volvo out toward Electric City and stop at a spot along the road, grab a towel, and walk down a dirt path to a wonderful swimming hole at Banks Lake. The water was clear and cool and deep. The song’s we listened to were about having fun, and being involved, and being young. Continue reading