Walking To The Altar

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Walking To The Altar

It’s likely that the words “never” and “always” are overused, worn out, and applied in places of conversation and communication where some other word should go instead.  We often say “never” when we mean “not often,” and we substitute “always” for “most of the time.”  With that great precaution before you and me…

Holy altars – I have NEVER found walking to an altar a bad thing, and it ALWAYS has benefitted me.… Continue reading

He Didn’t Have To Let Me Live

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He Didn’t Have To Let Me Live

On Thanksgiving Day 1990 as my truck flipped over and over and careened into a concrete embankment the Lord could have let me slide into eternity so easily. He didn’t have to let me live…but He did, so I am thankful. The painful journey of living through a broken back and a broken neck, and past other broken bones and physical therapy that took months, and the affects of the horrific crash are still felt today—21 years later—He didn’t have to let me live, but I am so thankful He did.… Continue reading

The Sustained Praise

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The Sustained Praise

Yesterday my pastor was brilliant in the pulpit. He taught us that if one continues to repeat and retell the good things that God has done in our lives, then the blessing of the Lord is sustained. It doesn’t end but goes on and on with the rehearsal of the blessing of the Lord. To remember what God has done and to tell it over and over again makes the incident of God’s provision in your life sustain and sustain and sustain.… Continue reading

Right Where I Left It

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Right Where I Left It

Here was the scenario yesterday.

Sermon for Wednesday night Bible study had been tweaked and polished.  Multiple entries over many days were all in place, study had been concluded, thoughts honed to a razor sharp edge…all that was left to do was to save it to a PDF and send it via email to my iPad for display at service on Wednesday night.

Alrighty, then.  “I hope the iPad is charged sufficiently,” I say to myself.  Now where is the iPad?  Briefcase…nope.  Oh, yeah, that’s right, it’s in the travel case…nada.  In the black briefcase? No, sir-ee.  In the pull Tumi case for on-the-road travel…nothing.  OK, a little jittery now…in the office? In the bedroom?  In my home office?  No, no and no.… Continue reading

I Miss Joshua Ragsdale

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I Miss Joshua Ragsdale

I miss Joshua Ragsdale and I never knew him.  Joshua died a year ago, and his brother, John, is a good friend to my family, and I know about Joshua through John.

I miss the pithy statements that Joshua succinctly expressed because he often published my thoughts better than I can.  He’s like the clean version of Lewis Grizzard, a distillation of thoughts random, now compressed to Twitter soundbites.  He messes up proper grammar just enough to let you know that he knows what he’s doing.… Continue reading

Don’t Let That Get In Your Spirit

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Don’t Let That Get In Your Spirit

The email I received told the story of a Christian defrauding another Christian for $4500. There was anger, disbelief and surprise. The multiple phone calls and emails were ignored, so there is nothing left to believe but someone has consciously agreed with themselves to defraud their brother. My advice was cryptic, but true. “Don’t let that get in your spirit,” I said. “It’s just not worth it.”… Continue reading