Finding Happiness

Finding Happiness There is joy which comes from Christ that transcends happiness. We dare not conclude from that fact that there is no place for happiness. To draw such a conclusion, it seems, would lead to a dull and sour life. A life so lived would be out of character for the believer and for…

Give Me Your Anxious Thoughts

Give Me Your Anxious Thoughts You know the feeling. You are trying to lie still and rest. You want to sleep, but sleep won’t come because thoughts are racing through your head faster than cars on a speedway. These are often anxious thoughts, and usually concern things over which you have no control. Past regrets…

The Tale Of Trees

The Tale Of Trees “The Lord God planted a garden eastward in Eden, and there He put the man whom He had formed. And out of the ground the Lord God made every tree grow that is pleasant to the sight and good for food. The tree of life was also in the midst of…

The Race Of Faith

The Race Of Faith The Christian life can be described in several different ways. One very apt description is that of a race. We might call it the race of faith. Certainly this race is not a short sprint, but rather a lengthy marathon. The writer of Hebrews pictures such a race with the words:…

Three Prodigals

Three Prodigals We nearly always hear the story in Luke 15 referred to as the parable of the prodigal son. When I was a young preacher, a minister I admired preached on that text, and he entitled it, “The Prodigal Father.” His definition of prodigal sent me to the dictionary to make sure he was…

A Town With No Milkshakes

A Town With No Milkshakes We had just returned from Denver, arrived in Louisville and eager to get home to Harrodsburg. It was Thursday evening around 10:PM as we passed through Mt. Washington. Neither of us wanted to stop for a late supper, but a good thick milkshake sounded great. I did not see a…

The Virtue Of Kindness

The Virtue of Kindness This past week I conducted two funerals on consecutive days. One of them was for a very well known person, and the crowd was overflowing. The other was for a very elderly lady, not very well known. There was a handful in attendance. Both had a common denominator attributed to them…

Finding The Flawless Father

Finding The Flawless Father The writer of the Hebrew letter talks about earthly fathers and our Heavenly Father. Let me quote. “Our earthly fathers trained us for a few brief years, doing the best for us that they knew how, but God’s correction is always right and for our best good, that we may share…

Jesus Speaks Assurance

Jesus Speaks Assurance “Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me.” In the hour darkened by the shadow of the cross, Judas’ treachery and Peter’s denial, Jesus speaks words of sublime peace. How like Jesus to focus on the fears of His followers rather than addressing His own needs….

Simply On Vacation

Simply On Vacation As we were planning our long anticipated vacation, I found myself wondering about the things we would do and the places we would see. Some plans were in place, but many of the days were going to be a true adventure into the unknown. It tends to be a little bit scary,…