Blind Trust vs. Accountability

Often in history, people have stated that they did not need to generate a report of their work because people needed to trust them.  It sounds somewhat Biblical and maybe even a little spiritual until we dig deeper into what the real issue is. It does sound Biblical because, after all, the writer of Hebrews more

Deciding: What’s Right and What’s Not

Listen to what the following scripture says about doing what’s right. He guides the humble in what is right and teaches them his way.  Psalm 25:9 For we are taking pains to do what is right, not only in the eyes of the Lord but also in the eyes of man.  II Corinthians 8:21 And more

God and Stone Walls

Garland Bare is a friend of mine and he has been for twenty-five years.  I first met Garland at Rock Lake Christian Assembly.  We were faculty members for High School Week.  Over the years we have connected in a variety of settings.  I don’t know if God blessed him with great faith or his great more

40-Year Marriage Insight

Bonnie and I celebrated our 40th wedding anniversary last month and our children gave a surprise wedding anniversary party last Sunday.  It was an amazing time with family and friends. Our son, Ryan, and our daughter-in-law, Reka, asked me a rather significant question over the weekend that really impressed me.  They asked me for the more


Life flies by us.  Many of us experience days at the speed of sound.  The urgent shouts at us and the distractions beckon us.  On the spectrum of life, we range from workaholics to being spiritual lazy.  For many, life is a blur with not much to show for it at the end of the more

Mr. Bin Laden and Hating Evil

Obviously the news of Osama bin Laden’s assassination has produced an emotional response from many people.  I guess that I should not be surprised at how people are celebrating his death, especially by those who were impacted by his actions.  I am not disappointed that his madness has ceased but I am disappointed in the more

The Power of Patiently Waiting

Wait for the LORD; be strong and take heart and wait for the LORD. Psalm 27:14   Most of us do not like to wait on anyone or anything, and that includes God.  Most of us love control but waiting means we do not have control over a situation.  Most of us love action, but more

Prayer, a Hedge of Protection, and a Cracked Pelvis

As some of you know, I fell down a flight of stairs in February.  I simply missed the first step which led me to miss the next fourteen.  The pain the first few days was significant.  I did crack my pelvis and pulled a couple muscles around my right hip.  I spent the first couple more

Success vs. Faithfulness

Jesus did not say, “Be successful, even to the point of death, and I will give you life as your victor’s crown.”  I wonder if many of us think that is what He meant. Have you ever noticed that our culture tends to push all of us toward success.  We need to be successful on more