What’s the finish line of being a father? Let me tell you the idea I held in my mind for a long time. It was looking at each of my beautiful daughters walking across stage at their college graduations, a finished product – the output – of my parenting skills, for better or worse. But … Continue reading A Toolbox: The Legacy of A Father
“We are too young to realize that certain things are impossible...So we will do them anyway.” ~William Wilberforce. It's certainly interesting to wonder how many of the deeds of great men and women have been lost to the pages of history. Some historians and authors consider it a sacred job to resurrect, if you will, … Continue reading Book Review: “Amazing Grace,” by Eric Metaxas
Some days feel like a contest for who can tally up the most suffering; who can endure the most pain and loss. And the onslaught, at times, is merciless. Please keep in mind that, while certainly true, pain and suffering aren’t the entire truth. In fact, they’re only a very small piece of our eternal … Continue reading The Glory IN You
Albert Schweitzer wrote, “The tragedy of life is what dies inside a man while he lives.” There are things - eternal things - that are significantly more important than the immediate context of today. A part of you is eternal, formed by and in the very image of an eternal creator. Won't you, … Continue reading Slipping Away from Me
Oswald Chambers once wrote, "Holiness, not happiness, is the chief end of man." The most important things in life are often the most simple. At our center, we see and understand their simplicity. Hugging your little girl. Throwing the ball with a grandson. Playing with your puppy. Marveling in the Lord's creation, especially during these … Continue reading Book Review: The Utter Relief of Holiness
Fathers, Listen to your children when they’re young. Be sure they know that you care deeply about what’s important to them: dolls, hair, toys, crafts, drawings, flowers, books. Care about them today. If you don’t listen now, then don’t expect them to communicate with you when they’re teenagers. You won’t even be given the opportunity … Continue reading Fathers, listen now to what’s important to your children.
Remember reading a book and thinking, "I've never thought of it like that. Amazing!" Prepare for that kind of ride with John Eldredge's "Beautiful Outlaw." The gospel is "good news," providing a solution to our problem of sin. The Son of God; come to this earth to live as one of us, without sin, and … Continue reading Book Review: “Beautiful Outlaw,” by John Eldredge
Why are we still afraid? Every one of the more than 400 days I spent in combat, I wore a chain necklace with my dog tags and a small silver shield. On the back of the shield was inscribed the popular scripture from Joshua 1:9: "Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do … Continue reading “Be Strong & Courageous”: Why Are We Still Afraid?
As a child, I often heard the phrase, "See no evil, Hear no evil, Speak no evil." So many times, the lessons of our childhood ring with truth in our adult years. Solomon wrote, "Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it." (Proverbs 4:23). As the center of our being, … Continue reading Guard your Heart!
I remember the truth spoken quietly, almost as a secret, from my wise grandmother: "Things are not always as they seem." The veil lifts to expose reality, not hiding but not at first clear. What if the world around you, as it is presented, is not as it seems? What are the implications of this … Continue reading Lifting the Veil: “Things are not as they seem”