February 17, 2022 - Though it is February, in East Texas that means that spring is “just around the corner.” With springtime, the grass starts to turn green again, the trees bud and the flowers bloom. In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus admonished his listeners to “consider the lilies of the field”. When you unpack that statement, there are two important things for us to consider.
February 10, 2022 - I remember in elementary school, in the school office we had a cardboard box that was the “lost and found” collection. In that box you were likely to find notebooks, gloves, sweaters, jackets and various other articles.
February 3, 2022 - It’s probably a good thing you cannot really see what’s “across the preacher’s desk”! There are a couple of coffee cups, various file folders, several stacks of books, yellow legal pads with sermons and Bible class lessons in various stages of completion (or incompletion, depending on your point of view) and then assorted papers, trinkets, numerous pens, well, you get the idea. The “preacher’s desk is messy and cluttered. Truth be told, I have always said that a clean desk is the sign of a sick mind in my attempt to justify my mess.
January 20, 2022 - How long has it been since you just sat in a rocking chair, alone with your thoughts just quietly rocking. Not rocking a baby to sleep but just sitting there rocking? I am going to speculate that for most of us it has been too long.
January 7, 2022 - The Christmas Holiday Season is behind us, the decorations (well, most of them anyway) have been stored for another year and we have celebrated the New Year. A classic poem written by Helen Field Fischer came to my mind the other day. It is probably familiar to you.
December 23, 2021 - My favorite Christmas Song, without a doubt is “White Christmas”. It was written by Irving Berlin for the movie “Holiday Inn” in 1942. My favorite recording artist for the song undeniably is Bing Crosby. I could not begin to tell you how many times I have listened to it over the years. I used to even be able to play it on the piano.
December 9, 2021 - I want to apologize in advance for the tone of this column this week. It just seems that sometimes no matter how much you try to help some people, the less you seem to accomplish. That said, I have had enough! I resolve that never again will I try to help someone.
December 2, 2021 - Thanksgiving Day has come and gone, “Black Friday” is past and “Cyber Monday” is in the history books. We have officially started that season of the year we call the “Christmas Season”. It is a time filled with happiness and joy. There is Santa Claus, Christmas Trees, Hot Chocolate, all kinds of candies and good things to eat. It is also the time of the year when the majority of the religious world celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ.