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Price Tag

Every good and perfect gift….. has a price tag. As I walk around from shop to shop looking for the perfect gift to give someone this Christmas, I am reminded that each item has a price tag and that I have a budget. The items that I deem wonderful and perfect for someone always seems to be over my budget. As a mill about, I am reminded of Luke 14:28, “Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. Will he not first sit down and estimate the cost to see if he has enough money to complete it?”... [...] Read More

Is God Still Welcomed at the Thanksgiving Table?

It is amazing to me in the “politically correct” society in which we live that a 150-year-old tradition rooted and grounded in religion has slipped by without much notice or debate in this secular age and culture. Perhaps it is because we were never properly educated about the God behind Thanksgiving. Most of us know a bit about the first Thanksgiving held in the winter of 1621 when the Plymouth colonists shared an autumn harvest feast with the Wampanoag Indians. For the next two... [...] Read More

It’s Nothing New!

“What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun.” Ecclesiastes 1:9 Considering global events, it is amazing that our world has survived despite the pandemonium and despair that seems ever present in our news. Every time I turn on the television, there seems to be some sort of gloom and doom message being proclaimed. When I compare their message to the Word of God, it comes up short. God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power,... [...] Read More

The Performance Trap

I really hate walking on a treadmill and honestly, I don’t like walking round and round the track. Being stuck on something going nowhere isn’t my idea way to get needed exercise. I always think of the little rats or hamsters that are stuck on the wheels, just running and running, but never getting anywhere. Not everyone has the same sentiment as me, but I hate the feeling of working so hard, but not really getting anywhere. I would rather walk around the world than sit there and walk on a... [...] Read More

Avoiding Burn Out

The day began at 5:15 a.m. - as a notorious night owl, who could give Dracula a run for his money, the two hours of sleep the night before was just enough to make the bathroom lights burn my eyes, like a laser. It didn’t matter! The rush of knowing I would be in the Rocky Mountains with my family in a mere 13 hours was enough motivation to keep my feet churning. Rainbow trout tugging on a fishing line, the smell of the pines, white waterfalls spewing mist off of rocks, purple skies hugging... [...] Read More

The Boiling Point

Proverbs 16:32, "He who is slow to anger is better than the mighty and he who controls his spirit than he who takes a city." Yesterday’s national news was the story of a woman who was so angry with her son for talking back to her that she shot him with a gun. Although this is an extreme example, it’s a reminder that explosions of unleashed anger bring devastating consequences. Anger is an emotion that is typically caused by frustration, pain or unresolved past hurt. Similar to an... [...] Read More

Poisonous Relationships

1 Cor 15:33, "Do not be deceived: Evil company corrupts good habits." Show me your friends and I will show you your future! Who you are associating with are the same people you are giving permission to influence and navigate your destiny. The casualties are endless. From the businessperson who selected the wrong partner and went bankrupt to the troubled, soon to be in divorce court newlywed, who asked their thrice-divorced friend for marriage advice. Who doesn’t know teenagers who started... [...] Read More

A Christmas Letter

I always get ramped up thinking about you this time of year. Although I am a grown man, there is something about Christmas that takes me back to my childhood days of innocent, raw belief and unbridled anticipation. In those younger years, when the only calendar I understood was how many days I was away from the next Christmas, I didn’t possess the pressures, stress or obligations that I now constantly juggle. Yet, I also didn’t have the privilege of watching the joyful tears, chuckles... [...] Read More

Failure

Her look, a combination of Palomino colored hair and glitzy aquamarine eyes made her stand out from others like a lighthouse. I didn’t know her well but when I was around her she seemed to have an inner spirit that was as gentle as a whisper. I was drawn to her laid-back Sunday afternoon personality. Not only was she extremely pretty and sweet, but she was also totally out of my league. She was voted Class Favorite, Most Beautiful and varsity cheerleader and to stack the odds further, she was... [...] Read More

Apache Pride

I always wanted to be one. Every single time my sugar-high buddies and I would play Cowboys and Indians, I chose to play the part of the Indian. I had a rubber tomahawk, a pair of moccasins, a few arrowheads and a shoddy red and yellow headdress that had only ruffled four feathers. I didn’t look like Sitting Bull but I sure felt like I did. I felt authentic when my mother told me that some of my distant relatives were Natives and that I was “Part Indian.” In actuality, the percentage of... [...] Read More