The Word In the Beginning!

“Make your words sweet. After all, you may have to eat them!” Great advice, and perfect for one who is embarking on a spiritual journey of disciplined and purposeful faith. You see, our words are icons of our hearts. That’s why paying attention to our words is part of any spiritual discipline to become the master of your passions rather than the slave of your emotions, your fears, and your desires. Watch…

You HAVE To See The Joy In It!

I love the look on my daughter’s face when I tell her “You can do what you want to do AFTER you do what you have to do.” Training a child (or, for that matter me!) to delay gratification is one of the most important life lessons any parent can give a child. This basic ability of the mature pays off life dividends in both practical and spiritual ways. If I would…

Your Looking At The Wrong Enemy!

So much conflict today is based on nothing more than finding out that someone agrees with someone else you disagree with! The friend of my enemy is my enemy. But what if all the conflicts in the world could be solved by admitting that the Source of all conflict FIRST starts within each of us? What if the outward conflict is merely a reflection of our inner conflict? Just look at our…

The Trumpet Is Blowing!

I was sitting right next to it! And then it went off! And I nearly jumped out of my skin. It was an alarm that let you know when someone was “breaking into the house.” I didn’t realize I was that close when they were going to test it and it scared me to death. But I guess that’s what an alarm is supposed to do: get your attention. Nowadays, though, most…

Don’t Lock Yourself Out – Last Judgment Sunday

On this Last Judgement Sunday, we are confronted with the disturbing and uncomfortable reality that each of us will stand before “the awesome judgment seat of Christ.” As we approach the beginning of Great Lent, the Church confronts us to wake us up; to keep us awake, because most of my problems flow from my lack of attention to eternal truths. So, don’t lock yourself out of the Kingdom. Hell is locked…

Don’t Lose Courage! Persevere!

I never understood what my mom meant when she would say “This is going to hurt me more than you” when she’d discipline me until I became a parent myself. It’s really true. Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying God hurts more when He disciplines me than I do. God isn’t like me and His peace cannot be disturbed by anything. If His peace could be disturbed then that would…

Becoming A REAL Person

They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, and I can really see that. The other day my daughter had the same reaction and facial expression I have when I’m frustrated. The moment made me smile, then cringe, then pray “Lord, help me be a better example to my children!” The whole of the Christian life is all about imitation. If we can internalize imitating Christ in all things, we become…

Time to Be Judgemental!

“Don’t judge me!” That’s the cry of modern man in a modern society that has come to see every desire as a right and every pleasure as a perfectly normal expectation. There’s a new Hollywood movie coming out that illustrates my point. It’s called “50 Shades of Grey.” I won’t bore you with the details, but suffice it to say this movie is about the fantasy of living a life with no boundaries…

Social Media IS Anti-Social

I really enjoyed being on Bill Mariannes’ program last night discussing Social Media and the dangers of this addictive aspect of our current popular culture. Give it a listen. https://www.ancientfaith.com/podcasts/stewardshipcalling/social_media_is_antisocial_wwjd