When Death Comes to a Righteous Person

“The death of His faithful ones is valuable in the Lord’s sight” (Psalm 116:15) Not everyone has the opportunity, privilege or responsibility to become famous!  In fact, most of us share a bit of anonymity except with those who exist in our own small world of influence, and that’s ok, isn’t it? Our Lord didn’t […]

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Humility Comes at Great Cost

“When pride comes, then comes shame; But with the humble is wisdom.” (Proverbs 11:2) Watching a cutting horse or a Tennessee Walker go through their exercises is a thing of beauty!  This writer has always been fascinated by the strength, beauty and agility of horses.  But as powerful and as talented as horses are, they […]

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A Note to Self as a Dad

“The father of a righteous son will rejoice greatly, and one who fathers a wise son will delight in him. My son, give me your heart, and let your eyes observe my ways.”  (Proverbs 23:24, 26) Sticky notes are one of the most wonderful devices the ingenuity of man has come up with … unless […]

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When the Windows of Heaven Open …

“… Will I not open the windows of heaven for you and pour down for you such a blessing …” (Malachi 3:10) There are times in each of our lives when we simply find the need to step back, take a deep breath, and take in the moment.  It happens at the birth of a […]

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The Pedestal of Pride

“For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries,  fornications, murders, thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lewdness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness. All these evil things come from within and defile a man.” (Mark 7:21-23) The interest in finding out ancestral information is growing by leaps and bounds.  People want to […]

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Developing the Skill of Criticism

“And the Lord’s servant must not be quarrelsome but kind to everyone, able to teach, patiently enduring evil, correcting his opponents with gentleness. God may perhaps grant them repentance leading to a knowledge of the truth;” (2 Timothy 2:24, 25) The fact is … most if not all of us are just a bit resistant […]

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Emptying the Cup

“Do you see a man who is wise in his own eyes? There is more hope for a fool than for him.” (Proverbs 26:12, ESV) Not measuring up to our own expectations and potential is disappointing … not measuring up to God’s expectations is the most costly of all! Ben Herbster wrote, “the greatest waste […]

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Being Unteachable…Not A Pretty Picture

“Now therefore, listen to me, my children, for blessed are those who keep my ways. Hear instruction and be wise, and do not disdain it. Blessed is the man who listens to me, watching daily at my gates, waiting at the posts of my doors. For whoever finds me finds life, and obtains favor from […]

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Reaching the Place of Teachable … Remaining Approachable!

“Rebuke a wise man, and he will love you. Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be still wiser; Teach a just man, and he will increase in learning.” (Proverbs 9:8, 9) It wouldn’t take long to read the list of mankind who relishes being corrected, admonished or in some way being advised […]

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A Mother’s Love

“I thank my God in all my remembrance of you” (Philippians 1:3) A mother holds her children’s hands for a short while, but their hearts forever. It can also be said that a mother’s children hold their mother’s hands for a short while, but her heart forever! Without any hesitation or reservation this writer can […]

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