Taking Up Your Cross

Then he said to them all, “If anyone wants to follow after me, let him deny himself, take up his cross daily, and follow me.” – Luke 9:23 My wife and I both love Oswald Chambers and his devotional book, My Utmost for His Highest. One theme he repeatedly visits is that our most important […]

Food You Don’t Know About

I must offer a small explanation for a lack of recent blog posts. Our minister has been on vacation, and I offered to cover for him while he was gone. So I’ve been spending my time working on Sunday sermons rather than my blogs. Both are rewarding and profitable in that it requires thought and […]

Two Funerals

I’ve been to two funerals in the past two weeks. The differences couldn’t be much more striking. One was a celebration of a life well-lived and a desire to ‘go home’ finally fulfilled. The other was a sadder affair; the grieving of a life which never really began. Death is never an easy thing to […]

Tribute to My Mom

My mom died a week ago today in the early morning hours. Her funeral was this past Thursday. We were each offered the opportunity to say a few words; most of us opted to submit something in writing. I briefly entertained the idea of reading this myself, but after I couldn’t make it through the […]

When a Snake is a Snake

A young girl walking along a mountain path to her grandmother’s house heard a rustle at her feet. Looking down, she saw a snake, but before she could react, the snake spoke to her. “I am about to die,” he said. “It’s too cold for me up here, and I am freezing. There is no […]