Temper, Temper

Our home is equipped with a gadget that does two unique, yet related functions.  It can act as a thermometer or a thermostat. It can be used to communicate the temperature or control it.
Behind my teeth is a gadget that works much the same way.  I can use it like a thermometer or a thermostat. 


“A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.” (Proverbs 15:1) 

From my  friend Danny Biddy

Remaining Present

Remaining Present


Do you have a Christmas present that you have not unwrapped?  I would guess not.  When someone gives us a gift, we tend to open it as quickly as we can.  As believers, God desires to bless us in great ways.  How many blessings from God do we leave on the table? 

2 Corinthians 9:6-8 (NIV)
6  Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously.
7  Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.
8  And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.

Not Seeing But Believing

When we explain to others that we are born again and that Christ lives in us, how do they believe us?  We don’t see air; but when it moves, we see the affects. We don’t see sound waves, but they have an impact on us.  As believers, we need to put our faith into action so that others will be affected.


“You believe because you have seen me. Blessed are those who haven’t seen me and believe anyway” John 20:29


I love to see big old trees that are alive.  Since the fourth grade, I have traveled on Main Street near Rice University in Houston.  I love riding underneath the limbs of those huge old Live Oak trees.  It is amazing how the light rays shine through the trees.  Because of the beauty of those trees, we planted five Live Oak trees around our house.  Now the grandkids are talking about building a tree house in one of our trees. My prayer is that I might live everyday as those Oak trees.  I want to be seen spiritually as a healthy old tree that not only brings joy to others, but that the rays of God’s light can be seen in me.


Psalm 1:3 (NIV)
3  He is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever he does prospers.

Gut Check

Back in my high school football days, our coaches had a “gut check” drill. This drill was not something that we looked forward to in practice. When we seemed to be just going through the motions, a whistle would blow followed by a loud shout, “gut check”. This pain staking drill was designed to check our level of commitment.

With that in mind, how was your level of worship yesterday, how is it going today?

Isaiah 29:13 CSB

[13] The Lord said: These people approach me with their speeches to honor me with lip-service- yet their hearts are far from me, and human rules direct their worship of me.

Deuteronomy 4:29 CSB

[29] But from there, you will search for the LORD your God, and you will find him when you seek him with all your heart and all your soul.

Matthew 22:37-38 CSB

[37] He said to him, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. m [38] This is the greatest and most important n command. …


When I walk into the house I can ask Alexa to turn on the television. And if I say it just right, I can get her to change the channel to ESPN.  Alexa not only will turn on and off lights, but she can brighten my day with a weather update.  Alexa is full of knowledge and can handle most of my questions.  Indeed, Alexa serves me well.  Sometimes I have seen people treat God like I treat Alexa.  They call on God to do things for them, wanting him to be at their beckon call.  If they don’t get what they want, they try asking other ways.  God is not to be treated like Alexa. We are the ones that should be serving Him. 


1 Samuel 12:24 (NIV)
24  But be sure to fear the LORD and serve him faithfully with all your heart; consider what great things he has done for you.

A Word to the Wise

People have been seeking wisdom and knowledge from the beginning of time. What were Adam and Eve tempted with?  They sought wisdom from the wrong source.  Think of ways in which God has given you wisdom in the past, whether it was in making an important decision, turning from a sinful way, or maybe in the way you gave encouragement.  Take time to thank Him for giving you the true wisdom.  Then pray for more wisdom as we each need it today.

Proverbs 2:2-6 (NIV)
2  turning your ear to wisdom and applying your heart to understanding,
3  and if you call out for insight and cry aloud for understanding,
4  and if you look for it as for silver and search for it as for hidden treasure,
5  then you will understand the fear of the LORD and find the knowledge of God.
6  For the LORD gives wisdom, and from his mouth come knowledge and understanding.

Stand Firm

No matter what you do, somebody’s not going to like it. So if you’re going to have people’s disapproval either way, you may as well have their disapproval for doing the right thing rather than the wrong thing. If someone else’s opinion matters more to you than God’s opinion, then you’re going to crash when people attack you because of your faith. But if you focus on God and what you know is right, then you can make a firm stand. 

1 Peter 5:9 (NIV)
9  Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that your brothers throughout the world are undergoing the same kind of sufferings.

What are you looking for?

When we struggle with disappointment, we need to choose to hear Jesus ask us, “Who are you looking for?”  Remember, He asked Mary Magdalene that question on the morning of the resurrection, when she thought her world was crashing in on her.  When we look for Jesus in the idle of what’s wrong or not working, we discover He’s always there, bringing peace and comfort.  We can sit with Him for as long as it takes to be reminded of what’s always true, no matter what might be true for a moment.  He loves us. He is with us.  He is here.

Jer. 29:13  If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me.

Hallmark Movies

With-in five minutes of sitting down to watch a hallmark movie, I know the end of the movie. So why do I watch them? 1. Karen enjoys them and I enjoy time with her. 2. They are clean movies. 3. The journey from the beginning to the end is interesting. There are always challenges that the characters overcome to reach that wonderful ending.

As believers, we also know the wonderful ending. It is the journey that can make the difference for those who are watching our story.


1 Peter 1:17-21 (NIV)
17  Since you call on a Father who judges each man's work impartially, live your lives as strangers here in reverent fear.
18  For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your forefathers,
19  but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect.
20  He was chosen before the creation of the world, but was revealed in these last times for your sake.
21  Through him you believe in God, who raised him from the dead and glorified him, and so your faith and hope are in God.

New Year, New Experiences

2017 brought Karen and I number 9 & 10 grandkids. Townes was born Dec 11 and he is enjoying eating and sleeping. Austin was born May 5 and he enjoys hearing and seeing me! 2018 will bring many new experiences, some good and others bad. Children today have greater challenges than the children of my generation. We have a responsibility to not only teach them good things, but to instruct them in God’s truths.


Proverbs 22:6 (NIV)
6  Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it.


Deuteronomy 6:6-9 (NIV)
6  These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts.
7  Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.
8  Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads.
9  Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.


It seems that most often when we go to our Lord in prayer, it is out of want.  We all have needs and God has already promised to take care of all of them.  But how often do we pause to even think of the abundance that He has given to us without us uttering a word?  I’m sure that most of us would love to receive a million dollars.  Yet, He has blessed us with so much more.  Consider the value of your eye sight.  What is that worth?  I pray that we are not a people too blind that we fail to go to our Lord in thanksgiving.

Psalm 84:10-11 (NIV)
10  Better is one day in your courts than a thousand elsewhere; I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of the wicked.
11  For the LORD God is a sun and shield; the LORD bestows favor and honor; no good thing does he withhold from those whose walk is blameless.


The best gift to receive is eternal life…

Is Ok, Okay?

It seems that society makes changes on words and then the dictionary adopts many of those changes.  Ok is just as acceptable as okay, at least that is what I have discovered.  Then, thru works a third of the time while through is used two thirds of the time.  Are you confused?  How do you use A.M. and P.M.?  As I looked that up, I found that your usage should be based on your surroundings. My question is who okays (oks) these changes or establishes the rules that we use? 

One thing that I do know, God never changes and His love for me is everlasting!  As believers, we are a blessed people living in an ever-changing world because of who we belong too.

Malachi 3:6-7 (NIV)
6  "I the LORD do not change. So you, O descendants of Jacob, are not destroyed.
7  Ever since the time of your forefathers you have turned away from my decrees and have not kept them. Return to me, and I will return to you," says the LORD Almighty. "But you ask, 'How are we to return?'


Romans 8:31-35 (NIV)
31  What, then, shall we say in response to this? If God is for us, who can be against us?
32  He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all--how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?
33  Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies.
34  Who is he that condemns? Christ Jesus, who died--more than that, who was raised to life--is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us.
35  Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword?

May God richly bless you and yours this Christmas season.

Have you seen a train make a U-turn?

It takes miles to turn a train that is on a track.  There is no need for a steering wheel on a train.  Steering is not required in a locomotive because navigation is achieved by the rails/tracks. ... There is no steering in a train as all the steering is monitored by the control station. The train's wheels are fixed and it is only the rails that give direction to the moving train which are controlled via control tower.  Who controls your direction?


Ephesians 4:14 (NIV)
14  Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of men in their deceitful scheming.

John 14:24-27 (NIV)
24  He who does not love me will not obey my teaching. These words you hear are not my own; they belong to the Father who sent me.
25  "All this I have spoken while still with you.
26  But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.
27  Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.

Road Rage

With the Christmas Holidays upon us, there is more opportunity to experience road rage.  As believers, we are to be the Christ others see in us.

“Sow a thought, reap an action; sow an action, reap a habit; sow a habit, reap a character; sow a character, reap a destiny.”

― Stephen R. Covey

“If you can keep your wits about you while all others are losing theirs, and blaming you. . . . The world will be yours and everything in it, what's more, you'll be a man, my son.”  Rudyard Kipling


Ephesians 2:14-17 (NIV)
14  For he himself is our peace, who has made the two one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility,
15  by abolishing in his flesh the law with its commandments and regulations. His purpose was to create in himself one new man out of the two, thus making peace,
16  and in this one body to reconcile both of them to God through the cross, by which he put to death their hostility.
17  He came and preached peace to you who were far away and peace to those who were near.

Be A Blessing To God

We have just experienced a season of thanksgiving for the many blessings received the past year. As Christmas approaches, we turn our focus on blessing others with gifts, cards, and words of gratitude. Even when we find ourselves facing tough times, we can count our blessings and be a blessing to others. King David, despite being pursued for his life, encourages us to be a blessing to God with all that we do and in all situations. I, too, want to encourage you right where you are in life to choose to bless God.

Psalm 63:3-5 (NIV)
3  Because your love is better than life, my lips will glorify you. (bless you)
4  I will praise (bless) you as long as I live, and in your name I will lift up my hands.
5  My soul will be satisfied as with the richest of foods; with singing lips my mouth will praise you. (bless you)

Value of a Christian Love

A family was in a serious traffic accident. The youngest son, Mike, was seriously injured and needed blood. His big brother, Danny, was only 8-years-old, but had the same blood type. Danny's Dad explained carefully how important it was for Mike to have blood, and how great it would be if Danny could help out. There was silence for a while, then Danny said, "Yes, Daddy, I'll give my blood so Mike can get better." They put the needle in his vein and drew the blood they needed. Once the needle was back out, Danny looked up at his Dad, and with tears running down his cheeks said, "Daddy, when do I die?" It was only then that his Dad realized that Danny didn't know he was just giving some blood. He thought he was giving his life.

34 “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. 35 By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”  John 13:34-35

Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one's life for one's friends.
John 15:13