06Aug 2018

I’m a congenital pessimist. I came from the womb seeing the glass as half-empty. My temperament makes Charlie Brown seem like Joel Osteen. And I’ve had my share of rainy days and Mondays that have gone on for weeks. But in spite of it all, I’m a Grace-Focused Optimist. Why? Because of a single fact. […]

01Aug 2018

I don’t know if grace has a theme song but if it does it must be “Bridge over Troubled Water.” Simon and Garfunkle sing, “When you’re weary, feeling small / When tears are in your eyes, I’ll dry them all / I’m on your side, Oh, when times get rough / And friends just can’t […]

30Jul 2018

You can help your pastor become a more useful preacher. You can help him preach sermons that affect your life like rain and sunshine affect flowers. How? By praying for him. When there’s prayer in the pew there will be power in the pulpit. The Holy Spirit is Given in Answer to Prayer God wants […]

26Jul 2018

When I looked up the meaning of “patriotism” I found this definition: “Devotion to and vigorous support for one’s country.” I’m a patriot. I’m devoted to and I vigorously support America. Pine cone-sized goosebumps erupt whenever I hear Lee Greenwood singing “God Bless the USA.” I never pass a uniformed soldier without stopping and thanking […]

20Jul 2018

Realtors have embedded in our minds the trifecta words, “Location, Location, Location.” They use this mantra to emphasize that a property’s address determines its value. A mansion next to the town’s garbage dump won’t be as valuable as a shotgun house in that neighborhood in New Orleans where everyone wants to live. Jesus’ first miracle […]

13Jul 2018

Sometimes I feel like Sisyphus. Remember him? He’s the poor guy from mythology who was sentenced to push a boulder up a hill only to have it roll back down. Not a very appealing way to spend eternity, huh? Anything Can Be a Battlefield I’ve got a boulder. Like Sisyphus, I never seem to be […]