9 Holiday Lyrics We Often Don’t Get


Since we’re all in the middle of the pre-Christmas rush, let’s just kick back for some light reading today. Continue Reading

Our Work and Our Needs

Fundraising has never been my strong suit, and frankly, asking for financial support is hardly one of "my favorite things". Continue Reading



“God was manifest in the flesh.” -I Timothy 3:16 “The world is not an easy place for anyone,” Annie Sullivan said in reference to her famous pupil Helen Keller, but she could have been speaking for all of us. Continue Reading

The Content of our Character


“I have fed you with milk, and not with meat: for hitherto ye were not able to bear it, neither yet now are ye able.” -I Corinthians 3:2           I’ve got it backwards. The evidence of my physical maturity is glaring, while the signs of my spiritual maturity aren’t nearly as obvious. And that’s troubling, because a boy in a man’s body is a very unattractive thing. Continue Reading

In Loving and Respectful Memory

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Whereas I usually post something about purity on Mondays, in deference to Memorial Day let’s remember, and respect the memory of, the Veterans who are still with us and those who’ve gone on. There’s honor in fighting, assuming the situation calls for it and the fighting is fair. So our Memorial Day remembrances and appreciations are good and relevant, and my hat tips while my heart says Thank You and Thank God for You to our servicemen and women, past and present. Today’s the day for reflections on both the nobility of sacrifice and the Continue Reading

Have We Learned?


I see a lot of conservative salivating over the scandals plaguing President Obama, and indeed, it looks grim for the man who ran on a hope ticket and promised unprecedented transparency. The possibility of deliberate cover-ups or misinformation regarding Benghazi, the IRS targeting of conservatives, and federal snooping of select AP journalists, all put an undeniable cloud over this White House, and each day seems to promise more rain. The specter of Watergate is already being invoked by talking heads, not all of whom tilt right and Continue Reading

The Nightmare in Corinth

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I’ve been teaching a series on I Corinthians in my adult Sunday School class. Since this isn’t a book that lends itself to Christmas cheer, for yesterday’s class I decided to thoroughly pervert The Night Before Christmas in an attempt to coat the teaching with some holiday style. Thought I’d pass it on, with my sincere apologies. The devil made me do it. --- Twas a nightmare in Corinth, and all through the church Each believer was acting as monstrous as Lurch. Some talking had caused poor St Paul so much care And he hoped that some Continue Reading

Private Wars

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Every Monday we’ll post something about maintaining your sexual integrity. Hope it helps. — Private Wars Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul. - I Peter 2:11 The way we stuffed ourselves last week underscores one of life’s hardest truths: what we crave is often at odds with what we really want. We crave delightful food, viewing, smelling, then biting into the good stuff with relish. And we’re doubly grateful for a national holiday greenlighting our gluttony, a Continue Reading

Random Ramblings #44: Post-Thanksgiving “How ya’ doin’?”

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Every Friday we’ll take a break from topical posts and will post some random personal thoughts.  — A Cuppa Joe - Random Ramblings from a Fellow Struggler I’ll ask this very quietly – how ya doin’? I’m whispering because I have the decency to assume you’re as wiped out as I am, and a loud voice is the last thing you need. That’s not to suggest you drank too much yesterday. I certainly didn’t. But I everything’d too much, then washed it down with — everything. And upon viewing the aftermath in the dining room, living room, kitchen (God have Continue Reading

Starting Over

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I’m on vacation this week and so am repeating some prior posts. Looking forward to being with you again next week, with new material. God bless. — Starting Over The battles that count aren't the ones for gold medals. The struggles within yourself - the invisible, inevitable battles inside all of us - that's where it's at.  - Olympic Gold Medalist Jesse Owens In 1984 I stepped into a professional counselor’s office for the first time, frightened at the prospect of discussing things I’d never spoken to anyone about, and vulnerable Continue Reading