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May 21, 2014

Remain Connected

Everyone is familiar with the vine and branch analogy used by Jesus in chapter 15 of John's gospel. Jesus calls himself the vine and his Father the Vine Dresser. We as believers are the branches of the main vine and if we remain connected to it we bear fruit.

May 20, 2014

Hiring a Levite

In the 17th and 18th chapter of Judges, we read about Micah who made himself a god out of melted down silver shekels. (Let's overlook the literalness of making shekels into a god for a moment!) Micah tried to do right by his new god: he made an ephod and even set up one of his sons as priest to make offerings to this new god.

June 5, 2013

Go fetch!

My parent's dog, Gus, LOVES to play fetch.

He'll run after anything you throw--a tennis ball, a stick, a pinecone--anything!!  (Now he doesn't love to bring it back to you, that's another story!)  He sits at your feet, staring intently at you as you cock your arm to throw that Wonderful Thing.  He's pretty good about not letting you fake him out.  He won't go until he sees that Wonderful Thing fly from your hand. Nothing will distract him from staring at you and the Wonderful Thing.

June 3, 2013

Do you have a big BUT?

"I like big butts, and I cannot lie; 
other brothers can't deny..."  

If you're a child of the 80's you now hate me!  Good luck trying to get that out of your head.

However, the Lord does not like big "but"s.  When He tells us to do something he expects us to do it....without question or delay.

June 1, 2013

Filthy Rags and Fake Flowers

Driving through Edgewood after my tuesday morning bible study last February, I came upon a house that had a very unusual tree in its yard.  Now February in Texas is not like February in other parts of the country...Spring has sprung by then and trees are just beginning to flower.  Well the tree in this yard had hundreds of bright red flowers all of over it.  It was shocking in its abundance and brilliance.  Seen from down the street it was a sight to behold!

May 13, 2013

Mother's Day Testimony

Bridget and I were asked to speak at church on Sunday about the power of a Mother's prayer.  Here is the text of what the Holy Spirit led me to say:

I once was what our Edgewood friends call necia. A busybody—a very controlling, manipulative person, who's always up in other people's business. As a result, I was more concerned with what my “heathen” family members were doing that what I was doing. One day while in my aquatic prayer closet, what you call a shower, I was complaining to the Lord about my recalcitrant family when He spoke to me as clearly as I'm speaking to you. He said “you take care of you and let ME take care of them”. Basically He told me to mind my own business—to stop being so necia! 

February 9, 2013

Hard to Ignore

Studies have shown that the sound of a crying baby is physically impossible for people to ignore.  The Lord made us in such a way that we MUST respond when we hear that sound.  You know what other sound we MUST respond to?  The sound our cell phone makes when we have a new text message or the notification sound when someone posts about us on Facebook.  You're lying if you don't admit that when your phone goes "ding" ( or "boink" or "gong" or whatever your phone does to get your attention) you jump and run to see who it is and what they want.