Placebo Religion

Have you ever thought about all those people Jesus healed during His ministry here on earth? They were so happy, grateful, and changed. In some cases (the illness of leprosy) they were now free to rejoin society, be reunited with their families, and finally, get their life back. They went on to live their lives. Some became great saints of the Church. And every one of them eventually died. Hey, why do…

Is It Lawful to Do Good on the Sabbath?

What is the purpose of rules? Is it for control? Or maybe for a set order of things or behaviors? Why does every society formed have rules for conduct, behavior, and actions? Well, I know that sounds a little silly to ask. But is it really? If there are rules then there has to be a reason they are there. And that, my dearest, is an issue that never goes out of…

God Bless America

I love my country. I know that may not be fashionable in today’s chaos, but I do. I love my country. I thank God I was born here. I thank God my children are Americans. I thank God I live in a nation the whole world is trying to get to. I am thankful I am an American citizen. Again, that may not be fashionable today in an atmosphere were there are…

Can I Go With You?

“I want to go with you!” My daughters love to go places with daddy. It doesn’t really matter where I’m going; they just like to tag along. And that makes sense. After all, daddies buy candy! There’s something comforting about being with Another Who is stronger than you and seems to know where He is going. There is something comforting in the surety, in the confidence that that sure direction brings. It…

The Tent Of Your Own Heart

I’m not a big, outdoorsy, guy. So, camping out was never something I really enjoyed, except for this one time. Me and my best friend, Mark, had a great “fort” in the woods near our apartment complex in Orlando when I was about 11 or 12. Being central Florida, the pine trees in these woods were kinda scrawny and they were lots of palmettos. But the clearing we had made seemed perfect…

Are You A Generous Person?

Most people want to believe the best of themselves. We have an idealized image of ourselves in our brain, and sometimes this “image” is so different from reality that it is actually a danger to our spiritual maturity. But the struggle to embrace reality is filled with difficulties and dead ends. We were meant to be set free from delusion. And this freedom was also meant to be shared with those around…

Following the Wrong Gods

OK, I’m a bit of an Eagles fan, and when they released their first CD after years of being apart, I jumped at it! The CD was called “Hell Freezes over” and was named that because one of the guys said that would be the time the Eagles all got back together again to do another project. Well, guess what… There’s a song on that album that I have loved since the…