Essentials For A Christian Life – Chapter One

newgrowth_300PREFACE

Early in my life, I was raised without much instruction as to how to do things.  Living was hard and took a lot of effort on the part of my parents, to earn a living for the family.  Later, in my life, my future father-in-law provided a lot of instruction in how to do things.  I learned a great deal in his crowded garage, where we spent many hours working together on many projects.

When I became a Christian, my mentors were men that I would watch and try to learn from their behavior and lifestyle.  But there was no one to sit with me and tell me what was needed to live a life for Jesus. Continue reading

Building A New Life

BuildingYourHouseupontheRockI have a greater appreciation for those whose homes have been lost or destroyed due to fire or natural disasters.  Some homes have had nothing left but the foundation.  Others have had the roof removed or a portion of the framing left standing.  I’m sure there must have been times when the task seems too great, too much to overcome, too discouraging, and yet deep within them, there is a wish to get back to “normal”.

On May 20, 2013, an EF-5 tornado crossed Moore, OK and S. Oklahoma City resulting in 24 lives lost, many left injured and multiple businesses, schools, and homes were completely destroyed or heavily damaged.  It was a horrible event that caused grief and sorrow.  Lives were scarred and changed that day.  Continue reading