The Shackles of Addiction

The Shackles of Addiction The LORD is known by the judgment which he executeth: the wicked is snared in the work of his own hands. Higgaion. Selah.  Psalm 9:16 The evil works we are addicted to snares or shackles us.  When we are doing what we feel makes us free, we may be in factContinue reading “The Shackles of Addiction”

The Allowances of the Heart

The Allowances of the Heart Amy Carmichael, a Christian missionary to India wrote, “Blessed are the single-hearted, for they shall enjoy much peace…If you refuse to be hurried and pressed, if you stay your soul on God, nothing can keep you from that clearness of spirit which is life and peace. In that stillness youContinue reading “The Allowances of the Heart”

Time And Growth

Time And Growth Recently I read about an incident that occurred back in 2004.  A fight broke out among the residents of a nursing home in their dining hall.  One man was playing with the lettuce in the serving line with his bare hands.  From that a fight ensued.  A 62-year-old and an 86-year-old startedContinue reading “Time And Growth”

The Sour Life

The Sour Life A little sour goes a long way with me.  A little lemon is good, not a lot.  Do you like rhubarb/strawberry pie?  Grandma Harness used to make that a lot.  I also enjoy rhubarb crisp.  Each year we harvest our own rhubarb and are sure to put a lot of real sugarContinue reading “The Sour Life”

A Parental Challenge

A Parental Challenge The following moth story can help us understand part of our role as parents:  “One man noticed an emperor moth struggling to emerge through a small hole in its cocoon so he decided to assist it. He took a pair of scissors and snipped off the cocoon. The moth emerged easily, butContinue reading “A Parental Challenge”

Elevate Your Head

Elevate Your Head And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence.  Colossians 1:18 This sounds like medical advice, but it is also a practical reality of our humanity.  As humans we tend to elevate yourContinue reading “Elevate Your Head”

Don’t Be Mad

Don’t Be Mad “And as he thus spake for himself, Festus said with a loud voice, Paul, thou art beside thyself; much learning doth make thee mad. But he said, I am not mad, most noble Festus; but speak forth the words of truth and soberness.”    Acts 26:24-25 We all have heard phrases such as:Continue reading “Don’t Be Mad”